Nick: 19th – 1:07.0034s
Jack: 24th – 1:07.3136s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:06.1184s
Nick - Qualified: 11th – 1:06.5004s
Jack - Qualified: 25th – 1:07.1718s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:06.0108s
Race 15 – 120kms / 42 Laps
Nick - Finished: 13th
Jack - Finished:20th
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
THE WORD FROM NICK / JACK
It was a wild couple of opening laps to start todays 120km race, with Nick Percat managing to avoid all the action in the Dunlop Racing Supercar.
The team shone again in the pit stops; changing the Dunlop Tyres with speed and efficiency, landing them with the third fastest time recorded in pit lane today. This result puts them to the top of the Pirtek Pit Stop Challenge leaderboard! Nick crossed the line in 13th.
Jack improved on his lap times again today, almost breaking into the 1:06 barrier as only just over a second divided the whole field in qualifying. Jack avoided the on-track battles and was working hard to learn how to manage his tyres in the SCT Logistics Supercar. Jack finished 20th in the race, his best Supercar finish to date.
Tomorrow the drivers will have a 20 minute qualifying session, followed by the return of the top ten shootout! The heat is set to continue, with the longer 200-kilometre race to finish our weekend in the top end.
“The Dunlop Supercar wasn’t hooking up like expected in this mornings practice session and it showed in the result, we knew we had more to offer than 19th. In the first qualifying session we topped the times in the Dunlop Racing Supercar to move forward; and then only missed making it through to the top ten by 0.01 of a second.”
“For us it was all about getting a good start today and trying to pass a couple of cars early. We started on the dirty side of the track, where most have a slightly slower start than those on the racing line due to that lack of clean surface grip. We avoided all the battles and carnage of the opening laps but didn’t have the overall speed we needed to move forward here today. We’ll assess it overnight and push harder again tomorrow.”
“Today’s race was pretty hot and was a good lead-in to the longer race we’ve got ahead tomorrow. I feel like I still had a little bit left in the tank and I didn’t overheat.”
“Tyre management is something I need to improve on in the SCT Logistics Supercar. My tyres were pretty worn there at the end, during the pit stop cycle I tried to follow a couple of the guys as a tyre management tool and see how they were working the older tyres. Heat and degradation are a big factor here. I made a couple of errors with locking brakes which sent me off twice, losing time I didn’t need too. Minimising mistakes and managing the tyres will be the focus for tomorrow.”
Sunday 16th June
9:25-9:45 – Qualifying
11:05-11:35 – Top Ten Shootout
13:30-14:55 – Race 16 – 200kms / 70 Laps
Published: 15 June 2019.