Nick Qualified: 5th – 1:05.8386s
Macauley Qualified: 25th – 1:06.4314s
Provisional Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:05.5538s
Top Ten Shootout
Nick: 5th – 1:06.0355s
Pole Position: Rick Kelly – 1:05.8242s
Race 16 – 200kms/70 Laps
Nick Finished: 6th
Macauley Finished: 24th
Winner: David Reynolds
THE WORD FROM NICK / MACAULEY
Darwin turned on the heat again for our final race day here at Hidden Valley.
Nick qualified in 5th, making it into the fan favorite shootout. With the UV levels at their highest the Shootout shook up the order again, with Nick being one of few cars to maintain or better their position, retaining his starting position of 5th. Whilst Macauley qualified in 25th position, keep in mind, this time is only 0.8 of a second off provisional pole sitter Scott McLaughlin.
The race saw the first and only safety car of the weekend, which mixed lapped traffic with the leaders on the restart. Macauley was one of these cars and he did a great job to give the leading group the room to move forward, all at the cost of driving a lap in the marbles and burning up tyres. Macauley was one of a group of lapped cars at the finish, finishing 24th.
Nick scored the fastest lap of the race, breaking the race lap record while he was at it, setting a new benchmark of 1:06.5590s. The Brad Jones Racing team sit 5th in the teams championship, with Nick just on the edge of the top ten of the drivers standings. We now have another short break before going north again… Next stop, Townsville!
“The Freightliner / Alliance Truck Parts Commodore continued to improve all weekend thanks to the efforts from the team, and we ticked a few boxes today with qualifying and making it into the shootout. The car balance was really good; it looked after its tyres really well and gave me what I needed today. It was a great car to drive. I didn’t realise until after the race I’d broken a new race lap record!”
“In the last restart I was a lap down and sitting right behind the leader, so when the flag went green again I was trying to give everyone enough space to get past and not hold up the queue which put me out in the marbles the whole lap. It burned my tyres up and was a real struggle for those last few laps.”
“This weekend was a big learning curve for the DrillPro Racing crew and myself. It is about them learning, just as much as it is me, and everyone has gained something out of this weekend. Having to deal with the pressure of competing with the main teams is certainly a step up for these guys. They’ve put in a massive effort this weekend and I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.”
Round 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
WATPAC Townsville 400
6 – 8 July 2018
Reid Park, Townsville, QLD
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 1775
2 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 1614
3 – David Reynolds - 1448
4 – Craig Lowndes - 1362
5 – Jamie Whincup - 1342
12 – Nick Percat - 1078
Published: 17 June 2018.