Additional Drivers Session – Tim Blanchard #8
Position: 17th – 1:28.8280s
Fastest: Craig Lowndes – 1:24.1662s
Nick: 13th – 1:20.7333s
Jack: 21st – 1:21.2386s
Fastest: Chaz Mostert – 1:19.6424s
Nick: 17th – 1:31.3589s
Jack: 24th – 1:33.2653s
Pole Position: Chaz Mostert – 1:30.2886s
Race Thirteen (120kms / 40 Laps)
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
Sunday 26th May
9:20-9:50 – Practice Two
11:10-11:20 – Qualifying Part One
11:25-11:35 – Qualifying Part Two
11:40-11:50 – Qualifying Part Three
13:45-15:25 – Race Fourteen (200kms / 67 Laps)
RACE RECAP & THE WORD FROM JACK / NICK
With the shortened format at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend, drivers would have only one practice session this morning to set themselves up for the knockout qualifying rounds. In the final minutes of that session, drivers were heading out to complete their flying laps as Stanaway had an off-track excursion bringing out the red flag and putting an end to the session.
Both the Honda Motorcycle Dealer Team and SCT Logistics Supercars of Nick and Jack would be fighting to make the cut through the qualifying rounds. As drivers were set to do their flying laps in the final minutes of qualifying, the rain came, giving drivers no chance of improving times. Nick and Jack would be starting from 17th and 24th respectively.
The team opted to have Nick complete his compulsory pit stop in the latter part of the race, as he had great pace on the Winton circuit, catching those in front of him and moving away from those behind who had already pitted. When he finally pitted, he and Van Gisbergen were the last to do so, and they re-joined just inside the top ten, and in the middle of a battle pack!
Showing great speed Nick passed Holdsworth and Heimgartner and was gaining on the Triple Eight Racing duo of Shane Van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup but was unable to close that gap in the final laps. Nick had the charge of the day, crossing the line in 7th.
Jack got a solid start to the race in the SCT Logistics Supercar and found himself in a battle pack with Stanaway and De Silvestro early in the race. When Stanaway and De Silvestro tangled coming around the last turn, De Silvestro was spun and Jack had to take evasive action, weaving onto the grass to avoid making contact. The trio re-joined the circuit, and with time lost, they remained at the back of the pack for the 120km race. Jack finished 24th.
“Qualifying today was very disappointing for me, I love the wet and was excited to get a good result in qualifying but the car didn’t quite hook up like we wanted so it left us starting from P17.”
“In the race we had good dry pace and I made a good start to pass a few cars. The middle part of the race was good for us, we had good pace in clear air. I managed to pass a few cars late in the race and make up 10 spots to get us to 7th and keep our top ten results rolling.”
Published: 25 May 2019.