Position: 2nd – 1:10.4516s
Fastest: Chaz Mostert – 1:10.3494s
Starting Position: 6th – 1:02.9996s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:02.5708s
Race 28 – 200kms / 70 Laps
Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen
*Listed in NZ Time
Sunday 4th November
11:05 – 11:25 – Qualifying
13:55 – 14:15 – Top Ten Shootout
16:10 – 17:40 – Race 29 – 200kms / 70 Laps
Wet track conditions slowed the drivers down for this morning’s final practice session, with plenty slipping and sliding on (and off!) the circuit. The BJR Supercars showing their strong form in these conditions again with Nick finishing 2nd and team-mate Tim Slade not far behind in 5th. The strong showing continued in the Coregas NZ Supercars for qualifying with Nick finishing 6th and Tim in 7th. It would have been a blink and miss it kind of moment as only 0.0007 separated the pair on the time sheets!
The race for the JR trophy was underway this afternoon, with this prestigious award going to the driver who scores the most points overall this weekend. Whilst there was another chance of rain, it held off for the 200km / 70 lap race. On lap 8 Fabian Coulthard was assisted into a wall at high speed, bringing out the one and only safety car of the race. This caused chaos as everyone dashed into pit lane to make their first pit stop of the day.
Nick completed his stop and went to head back down pit lane but was blocked by De Silvestro, unable to get out until she was able to enter her pit bay. This saw Nick drop from 6th to 13th. From here the Coregas NZ team pressed on, and on the next stop gained a few spots back, as well as Nick passing others on track, finally crossing the finish line in 8th place. Knowing the car has great speed and potential, we’ll be back tomorrow with the aim to crack into the top five.
Tomorrow we qualify at 11:05am (NZDT) and have the addition of the top ten shootout, then one final 200km race to finish our New Zealand Supercar journey.
THE WORD FROM NICK
“One of the positives from today was our qualifying pace, its been something we’ve been working on and to have the two Coregas Commodores inside the top ten, separated by virtually nothing was really good to see.”
“I got a good start to the race and got into a comfortable groove pretty quickly. We pitted under safety car, as did everyone else, and pit lane was blocked so we lost a lot of track position from getting stuck behind Simona there. From there it was all about the recovery, tried to do a longer stint and pick off a few of the cars where I could then make the most of the clean air.”
“The last stint was easy, caught up to Cam Waters there but couldn’t do much to pass there at the end. We’ve got a reasonably straight race car and we know it’s fast so will try again tomorrow with the hope to get an even better result.”
MEET NICK –
Sunday 4th November
12:25 – 12:55 – Autograph Session @ Team Garages
Published: 03 November 2018.