Nick - Qualified: DNF (Starting 25th)
Jack - Qualified: 23rd – 1:06.7247s
Provisional Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin - 1:05.4737s
Top Ten Shootout
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin
Race 16 – 200kms / 70 Laps
Nick - Finished: 15th
Jack - Finished: 25th
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
THE WORD FROM NICK / JACK
Just when you thought the action in Darwin couldn’t get any hotter than yesterdays race, the pressure cooker reached a new level for the Dunlop Racing crew today.
After losing the brakes in qualifying, Nick found himself in the tyre wall and embankment at turn 10. On assessing the damage, the team knew they would be cutting it fine to make the race. The crew showed their true colours again, with teamwork making the dream work!
The team were praised for the repairs, as they worked incredibly quick to ensure the Dunlop Racing Supercar was ready in time to line up on the grid for todays’ 200km battle. Nick was set to start from 25th and for the team, the focus was all about making it to the finish line, working their way through the pack as best as they could.
Nick set the hard charge early in the race, passing a whopping six cars before the first round of pit stops were complete. As the race progressed he managed to pick off a few more drivers, moving up a total of ten spots during the race. Nick brought the Dunlop Racing Supercar home in 15th.
Jack qualified in 23rd and knew the challenge would be tougher today with managing tyres over a hot, longer race. He was able to follow team-mates Percat and Jones early on in the race, getting into a comfortable rhythm on track. Jack finished todays 200-kilometre race in 25th, keeping away from any on track troubles this weekend; improving his qualifying and race lap times as the weekend progressed. Another tick in the box for the young guns burgeoning career.
Jack will be back in his SCT Logistics Super2 Series Commodore at the next Supercars event in Townsville.
(On qualifying) “I’m ok, it was a pretty big hit, we went through the tyres and hit the embankment pretty hard. Funnily enough on the track walk we were talking about how another row of tyres there would be pretty good in terms of safety.”
“I put my foot to the brake and there was not a lot there. I pumped the pedal and since it went long, my foot has slid off and I hit the throttle as well for a second. I tried to stop as much as I could and turn in early to try minimise the impact, but these things are hard to stop; you’re on the rev limiter at 4th gear so the Dunlop Supercar was moving. I’m gutted for BJR and the work involved for the guys to get us back on track.”
(On the race) “Darwin has usually been a happy hunting ground for us, so it was a shame to not keep that momentum going this weekend. We’ve had a long streak of top ten finishes which we obviously wanted to continue.”
“We’ve had really great support this weekend from the Dunlop team, plus Timken and Kubota who joined us trackside this weekend. Lastly, a huge thanks to all the guys and girls on the team for getting me back out there today, they have put in an incredible effort. Press on to Townsville.”
WATPAC Townsville 400
5-7 July 2019
Reid Park Circuit, Townsville, QLD
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 1946
2 – Fabian Coulthard – 1627
3 – David Reynolds - 1487
4 – Chaz Mostert - 1400
5 – Shane van Gisbergen - 1399
8 – Nick Percat – 1183
Published: 16 June 2019.