Finished: 19th – 1:31.5833s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:30.1861s
Qualified: 14th – 1:31.2873s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:29.2292s
Race Nine (120kms / 27 Laps)
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
RECAP AND WORD FROM NICK
For the 7-Eleven Supercar, it was all about fighting forward today. Whilst rain fell early on the Phillip Island circuit, it had stopped early, making conditions cool and overcast for the rest of the day.
Nick was able to make his way into the second round of qualifying but didn’t progress as far as he would have liked, ultimately qualifying in 14th. He was determined to get inside the top ten, so it would all come down to making a charge in the 120km race.
Nick got a great start, passing a number of cars on the opening lap. The leaders started to pit on lap six, and most others were quick to follow suit. The team opted to keep Nick on track, advising him to keep posting fast lap times in the clear air, while the others battled behind. A safety car shortly followed as two drivers (Slade & Courtney) suffered a flat tyre, then Whincup lost a tyre, so the track team worked quickly to clean up any debris.
With the cars all lined up together under safety car, it would be a 10-lap battle to the finish line, and those with better tyres managed to make up a spot of two. Nick proved again he is one to move forward during the races, finishing in 9th, 5 spots ahead of where he started.
“We tried a different setup this morning to what we had yesterday which seemed to be light years apart. It was disappointing for us not to get the result in qualifying that we wanted, we all seemed to struggle.”
“In qualifying we are looking to find more front grip because you really need it around the Phillip Island circuit; if you don’t, you have understeer and you lose that speed and momentum you need coming onto the straights.”
“For the race the team had me on a long strategy which worked in our favour today, it was a good call. We were able to do some fast laps as most cars pitted together, so they were still fighting on track and we could just press on and bank a few faster laps which helped us move through the order when it was our time to pit.”
Sunday 14th April
9:20-9:50 – Practice Four
11:10-11:20 – Qualifying Part One
11:25:11:35 – Qualifying Part Two
11:40-11:50 – Qualifying Part Three
14:15-15:40 – Race Ten (200kms / 45 Laps)
Published: 13 April 2019.