Nick: 14th – 1:06.6267s
Macauley: 21st – 1:06.8147s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:06.1410s
Nick Qualified: 15th – 1:06.3004s
Macauley Qualified: 25th – 1:06.6496s
Pole Position: David Reynolds – 1:05.8496s
Race 15 – 120kms/42 Laps
Nick Finished: 9th
Macauley Finished: 27th
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
THE WORD FROM MACAULEY
Darwin produced another hot and sun filled day as expected, with temperatures rising to almost 35 degrees on track, and over 60 degrees inside the Supercars!
The sun blazed over the qualifying session which saw drivers set their best times early in the session, rather than the usual end of session fast lap dash.
During practice three Macauley lost the rear of his DrillPro Commodore, and backed into a wall, causing a fair amount of cosmetic damage to his Supercar. The team worked quickly to get him on track for qualifying and the race today. After a mammoth effort from the crew, Macauley wraps up the day below.
“It was an interesting day today. The crew were at the track until really late last night making changes and improvements to the car. The DrillPro Commodore was the best it has been all weekend, and the improvements the guys and girls made really gave me a lot of confidence to push the car more than I had been.”
“During practice three, I went into one of the corners pretty hard and lost the rear big time, so ended up backing it into the tyre wall. I was pretty gutted. It looked worse than it was, luckily it was mainly panel damage and there was nothing bent or broken with the chassis. Everyone on the crew and some guys from the main BJR garage pitched in to get it repaired. It was just over an hour between the crash and when qualifying begun, so for them to turn it around is an awesome effort.”
“Wally (Storey) has been really good to work with this weekend, the radio wasn’t working properly so it made communication over the radio tough. He gave some great direction and really helped me through the day.”
“The race result certainly wasn’t what we wanted, however I thought our pace was good, and we managed to make up a few spots at the start. I got hit early in the rear and went straight ahead at one of the corners. I didn’t recover from that, then made a couple of mistakes which cost us.”
“One of the big differences between the Super2 and Supercar races are the length of the races, you really need to look after your tyres and not go too hard. I probably went a little too hard today and burned them up quicker than I should. It’s all a part of the learning process, so it’s a lesson learned today!”
Sunday 17th June
9:25 - 9:45 – Qualifying
10:45 - 11:15 – Top Ten Shootout
13:30 - 15:05 – Race 16 – 200kms/70 Laps
Published: 16 June 2018.