Drivers' Quoteboard: Race 10

  • 25/04/2014
  • By V8 Supercars with teams
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Jason Bright, Team BOC, p1: 

"It's been a cracker of a day. With very limited running it felt pretty wild in qualifying. I'm sure everyone was struggling with their cars. We had a great car for the race. Jamie looked like he was struggling early on and we latched on to him pretty quickly, then his car broke. When he was out of the way it was just about maintaining the gap to Shane, which we were able to do. Last year winning the trophy was very special. Coming here this year there's a little less pressure because of last year's win but we still want the trophy to come back to Albury for sure. It's been a tough start to the year but I knew if we could qualify up front we could have a good weekend. It's a good start." 

Shane van Gisbergen, Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods, p2: 

“It’s been pretty tough day with not much track time and us only having one car so it was kind of, kinda hard, we did struggle a little bit with some bad changes but coming back, it seemed to be okay, but, the race was good. Just couldn’t quite match Jason (Bright). He had a little few areas, as you say over the bumps, that were better than us so hopefully we can change that to try and make it better for tomorrow.”

Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, p3: 

“We had a good start off the grid in the race today but I made a mistake early and jumped the throttle too much around a corner, understeered, and caught my left-front tyre in the grass which lost us a fair bit of momentum but we had the pace to finish in third. It was great to get some more points today and keep our lead in the championship but it’s a long weekend with another three races to go. We’ve all got a few good miles under our belt now and a better understanding of the track conditions so we’ll go away tonight, regroup, and then hopefully come back to push the pace a little further tomorrow. It’s really special being able to race on ANZAC day and having the honour of standing on the podium with servicemen was quite remarkable.”

James Courtney, Holden Racing Team, p4: 

“Our race wasn’t too bad. We got a good start, but I couldn’t get close to Craig Lowndes. So we managed our gap towards the end. All the action happened off the line, and it was a pretty dramatic first lap. The cars were moving around so much, so that was exciting. To come home fourth was pretty good. We’ve got to be happy with that. It’s been a long day with an early start for the dawn service. It’s great carrying the ANZAC Appeal livery, and hopefully we did everyone proud with fourth.”

Will Davison, Erebus Motorsport, p5: 

“It’s good to back-up the Tassie form and following Lee’s win.

“I think it’s important in this game not to just be a one-hit wonder and I think we’re proving some nice consistency at the moment. A top five is a great result in this category.

“I think I got a sniff of a podium – if a few things had of played out differently it could have been one of those podiums. I’m sure we’ll create another chance.

“It’s going to be tough tomorrow, no doubt everyone is going to do their homework tonight, and we’re certainly going to need to tune the car up a bit.

“But we knew all along the requirement for today was to roll out a pretty quick car with such limited track time due to only one practice session and we did that.’’

Nick Percat, Heavy Haulage Australia, p6: 

"I had a good qualifying session that put us in a strong position for the race. The car had good pace right throughout the race and I was delighted to achieve my best sprint race result. I am looking forward to more of the same tomorrow.”  

Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, p7: 

"It's been a hard old day really with those short turn around times and limited practice, we didn't really have a chance to tune up the car at all so it was tough. I didn't really pass a car - just gained places from other cars falling off the track or being run off the track. We'll have a look at things overnight to make it a lot better and hopefully it will be a better day tomorrow."

Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team, p9: 

“We made the best of it today. We just didn’t improve the car enough in practice and qualifying. The car came off the plane pretty quick. We were third fastest after the first run, but we just didn’t manage to capitalise on it. We qualified 16th, but had a good first lap and I made a few places there. We eventually finished ninth, but our speed is not where it needs to be. So we’ve some work to do overnight. The good thing is that we have another practice session tomorrow so we can try to make some changes and hopefully have a stronger qualifying and race up the front.”

James Moffat, Norton Hornets, p10: 

“We missed it a little bit in qualifying, so starting in 13th wasn’t ideal, but our pace in the race was reasonably strong.

“Our car looked after its tyres very well so I’m pretty happy with the final result.

“It was all about minimising our mistakes. We benefited from a few guys slipping off, so we’ll have a look at it tonight and see where we can make a few things better.

“I feel like we’re pretty close to the potential of the car around this circuit, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Tim Slade, Supercheap Auto Racing, p11: 

“It was an eventful race for me. I got a reasonable start. I made up two places off the line, taking Lee Holdsworth and James Moffat, but Garth Tander got an even better start and took me on the outside. We’ve got some work to do tonight to improve our pace for tomorrow’s race. We didn’t have much of a chance today to do anything to do the car with the sessions being so close. Obviously everyone is in the same boat. But we’ve got some good data to look at overnight and will come back tomorrow to hopefully fight closer to the front.”

Lee Holdsworth, Erebus Motorsport, p12:

“From the drop of the flag, the car was quite loose. I really struggled and I thought it may have just been tyre temp, so I hung in there and waited for them to come up but that was just the general balance we had for the race.

“To be honest I was happy to finish where I did because the car wasn’t what I needed for that run, we know that we can tune it up for the weekend and we know what we can do to get results.

"Will had a pretty quick car and did a great job to finish top five so we can learn a lot from his car and come back with a stronger car for the conditions.

“Even in qualifying I felt the car wasn’t at its best, but I felt it could have been in the top 10 so we know we’ve got better speed than where we are at the moment.

“The car has speed to unlock, we’ve just got to find the right things to unlock it.’’

Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel’s Racing, p16: 

"It's pretty tough to pass, there were places where I had a quicker car than those in front, but it was really in all of the high speed stuff which didn't allow me many chances to overtake.

"The weaknesses today are in the places where you can pass or be passed, so there is a bit of work to do as a race car.

"It's really all about qualifying, it's quite hard to pass out there, we had a pretty good qualifying car but didn't get the most out of it.

"The best lap we had someone had speared off in front of me and covered the track in dirt, I felt we were a tenth and a half better than where we qualified.

"So if we can work on that and move up a bit for the start of the race, it's not looking too bad."

Michael Caruso, Norton Hornets, p17: 

“Unfortunately we had a mistake in our gearshifts in qualifying which probably cost us a top 10 result, and starting down the back made it a tough slog.

“Once you start at the back, it’s difficult to pass around here.

“We should qualify better tomorrow which should give us a better shot tomorrow.” 

Scott Pye, Wilson Security Racing, p18: 

“On the start line we seemed to burn the clutch out and it stated creeping. I had to push the clutch all the way in and sit there on idle so I lost a spot off the line but made it back on Lap 1. We made a big change to the #16 Wilson Security Falcon from Qualifying, which was in the right direction but I reckon a little bit too much for the race. It cost us a bit of speed here but most importantly we looked after the car, made sure it is straight and can now focus on the weekend. This was a small point’s race so we did get more points for the Championship.”

Rick Kelly, Jack Daniels Racing, p20: 

"The guys today provided me with a fantastic car, it was strong in practice and would have been great in qualifying and I made an error.

"I bounced off a kerb at turn one, and the tyres were not quite up to pressure on that lap, it pushed me wide on a couple of corners, and I couldn't get it back before the tyre wall.

"It was my fault on that one 100 per cent, it put us back in the back of the pack, and we managed to climb a few positions up.

"With the car in the race, if I qualified better, I'm sure I could have maintained it.

"Tomorrow's task is to do a really good job in qualifying in both sessions, and tweak the race car a little bit to give some more pace off the two slow corners.

"I had a good battle out there with a few guys, and we came away with a clean car. I just apologise to the team, because they gave me a great car." 

Dale Wood, Team ADVAM/GB Gal, p23: 

“I really struggled to find consistency in my laps and do a good job on this track. That put us where we didn’t need to be and we really struggled to get tyre temp in the race and then the rear anti-roll bar broke and then a tyre let go so we had it all in that race and hopefully that’s all the bad luck out of the way. I feel like we’ve got some practice today and I’m certainly more confident going into tomorrow now.”  

David Wall, Wilson Security Racing, p25: 

“Into the first corner everyone was jostling for position as normal, so I let it calm down a bit then I had a good pass on Chaz (Mostert) at the hairpin then started to get going. He gave me a little touch up on the first left hander then must have bounced the kerb on Turn 10 and I got a lot more contact from him. I hit the little patch of wet grass which instantly turned the car sideways and into the fence we went. I feel really shattered for Dick, the sponsors and all the DJR boys as we are out for the weekend with a lot of work to fix the car before Perth.”

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