Qualified:13th – 1:110.9963s
Provisional Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen – 1:10.1937s
Top Ten Shootout
Pole Position: David Reynolds – 1:10.7148s
Race 27 – 300km/102 Laps
Finished: Race declared – No winner, no points!
The Gold Coast kerbs proved difficult for many in this mornings’ qualifying session, with multiple drivers triggering the kerb sensor, failing to get in a flying lap time. Nick was on his final fast lap when he added his name to the kerb hop list, resulting in him narrowly missing the shootout; qualifying in 13th position.
Eyes turned to the skies for the afternoon as storms were forecast to hit the Gold Coast, and that they did! On lap 30 the skies opened, and drivers were sliding around the circuit. Macauley was up in 10th position when Paul Dumbrell went into a tyre wall in front of him. Macauley tried his hardest to brake hard and turn to avoid hitting him but just clipped the wheel resulting in damage to the front of his car, and others piled up behind them. He limped the Alliance Truck Parts Supercar back to the pit for repairs. The race was then under safety car whilst they retrieved Dumbrell from the circuit.
The heavy rain continued, and the race was suspended on lap 37. Just over half an hour later, it resumed under safety car with rain continuing to steadily come down over the circuit. Macauley pitted again under safety car to hand the Alliance Truck Parts Supercar back to Nick Percat on lap 41. On lap 43, the race was suspended again due to the ultra-difficult, wet conditions. With conditions simply too dangerous to continue, the race was red flagged for good. No points were awarded, and no winner declared.
THE WORD FROM THE DRIVERS
“It was way too dark out there in the pouring rain to be driving safely, the TV doesn’t do the darkness justice! It’s pretty mental to be driving around in conditions like that. Struggling to control the car at 70kms an hour. It was the right call to declare the race today, and since we got caught up in the early incident, its probably done us a favour with championship points. It’s not ideal to have a race declared early, but for everyone’s safety, that’s the call that had to be made today.”
MACAULEY (On the Paul Dumbrell incident)
“I had nowhere to go. I almost missed Paul but I just clipped him; wheel on wheel and it ripped the steering wheel completely out of my hands and put me in the wall too; damaging the front of the car. It was pretty dicey out there, plenty of people were having some close moments and the new stretch of tarmac on those last few corners was super slippery. It was tough.”
The penultimate round of the Supercars Championship
ITM Auckland SuperSprint
2 – 4 November 2018
Pukekohe, New Zealand
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (As of Race 26)
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 3368
2 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 3354
3 – Jamie Whincup - 2935
4 – Craig Lowndes - 2925
5 – David Reynolds - 2687
10 – Nick Percat – 2053
Published: 21 October 2018.