Drivers' Quoteboard: Race 24

  • 02/08/2014
  • By V8 Supercars with teams
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Racing Aus, p1:

"Our car was good in the first race today and we were in the fortunate position of being able to control the race. We didn't quite have our way in the second race and we didn't have the pace but we kept our heads down and we were pretty lucky that there were tangles up ahead. We were very lucky to get to the end of the race with a few little issues going on behind the scenes. The engine fuelled up a couple of times and I had an issue with the brakes coming out of the pits but we managed to hold on. We're feeling confident that we've made some gains at this stage of the championship but there are still plenty more races to go. This part of the year is all about going as hard as you can, win as many races as you can and if we're looking to be in contention post Gold Coast 600 then we'll begin planning our run home to the end."

Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Aus, p2:

"We struggled with pace in race one today and I made a mistake exiting turn six which allowed Jamie to pass me but it was great that we had a one-two finish for Red Bull Racing Australia and I was happy with my bounce back after Townsville. We knew we had to make some adjustments for race two knowing that the track was also going to cool down. We were lucky that the two guys in front of us had their own battle, which allowed us some clean air and saw us come home strong at the end. The whole team did a great job today giving us a double one-two finish, which is giving us some good momentum and confidence. Tomorrow will be a whole new ball game and you'll start seeing some varying strategies to make the most of the different conditions and race format."

Chaz Mostert, Ford Pepsi Max Crew, p3:

"I can't believe how much better we made the car in the second race. I wasn't quick off the line but our pace remained consistent throughout and we picked cars off rapidly and in the later stages we had a lot of pace. The top two cleared out but if we start further up tomorrow and use the pit stops to our advantage I think we can mix it at the front. We just need to use the tyres better tomorrow."

Shane van Gisbergen, Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods, p4 (via Twitter):

"9th and 4th today. We are hanging there but not enough to trouble the front. See how tomorrow goes, gutted for Scotty."

Rick Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, p5:

"It's been a really good race for us, we were really quite good in qualifying, above our expectations with the gains we made overnight.

"The Nissan Altimas corner extremely well, and we have been able to capitalise on that this weekend."

"Both races were quite tough, 33 laps and only 6 corners, it doesn't sound that hard, but we were in battles the whole time in both races."

"I really enjoyed it, it's the first time this year I've been able to battle some top flight competitive drivers as well."

"In that last race I had a great battle with Mark Winterbottom, who had a quicker car."

"He drove well, but obviously he has the championship to move towards, and it allowed us to have a really good, fair battle out there."

"I'm excited by that, fifth for us is solid, and we have found a couple of strong progressions with the car as far as setups are concerned."

"It's sad for Michael (Caruso) and the Norton side of the pits the way their race ended up."

"He had the car to win that race, it obviously didn't pan out, but certainly it's looking very good for tomorrow."

Mark Winterbottom, Ford Pepsi Max Crew, p6:

"It seems to be the story of the last few events that we fight back through the field. In the second race we were much better. I got screwed over a bit at the start as a car went off and the field concertinaed when it re-joined and I lost any ground I made up. We just salvaged what we could from there. If we got past Rick (Kelly) earlier we might've got to fourth place but we did as well as we could. It could've been bad today but we salvaged something. Tomorrow we have to qualify high up the field and just charge on."

Nick Percat, HHA/Walkinshaw Racing, p7:

"Overall it was another good day for the HHA Racing V8 Supercar at the Coates Hire 400, but we still have a bit of work to do to maximise our tyre life. Tomorrow's longer race is going to be very challenging, but I am confident of another good run."

Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, p9:

"The first race was a little bit more stressful than it needed to be. I got a message over the radio that we were running low on fuel and I had to start lifting. We made it to the end - just! Other than that the car really wasn't that bad.

"(In the second) we lost a couple of spots early in the race and managed to get those back but it's tough to pass and we probably de-tuned the car a little bit between races. It was much nicer in the first one. We'll evaluate everything but we'll probably go back to the settings we used in the first race. Tyre life was pretty good in the first one so if it's like that again tomorrow for the longer race we should be in good shape."

Scott Pye, Wilson Security Racing, p12:

"We struggled a lot in the first race. The car did not have enough turn and it was hurting the drive out of the corners. The engineers and crew did another good job turning the car around quickly and improving it substantially. "

"12th today in Race 2 is not bad - obviously we were chasing another Top 10 and we were not far off. I could not get past Davison for a long time which used up a lot of tyre then once clear I had to get past Todd Kelly which chewed up more tyre."

"We just need to focus again on Qualifying and I'm sure it will help our race result tomorrow."

James Moffat, Norton Hornets, p13:

"It has been a difficult day, and the whole weekend has been difficult too."

"My problems seem insignificant though, given that Michael (Caruso) was in a position to win that last race and copped some hard luck. It looked like a race win for him, which is disappointing for him and the team."

"I had a puncture in the first race with a couple of laps to go, and then in the second race, I felt like we were just wobbling around, but were able to make up some spots at the end."

David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing, p15:

"We didn't have the pace today. In qualifying I didn't get the most out of it, circumstances didn't go our way, especially in the second session. In the first race I basically finished where I started and then I was just slow from start to finish. Hopefully we come back better tomorrow as the longer race seems to suit us this year so that's what I am aiming for again."

Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, p16:

"It was an interesting race."

"I was watching the little Hornet out the front, (Michael) Caruso battling it away, as well as pushing as hard as I could."

"The race changed here and there, I had pace in places, but at the end I unfortunately got gobbled up and lost two or three spots when the tyres had really fallen off."

"I tried to have a crack early on in the race, and I probably used up too much car, but there is certainly plenty to look at and hopefully we can have a much stronger day.?"

"It's a longer race, so we'll see what happens."

Scott McLaughlin, Valvoline Racing GRM, p19:

"(If the crash hadn't happened) I probably would have been able to hold on for a podium at least, but after I done a few donuts and a few things I didn't really have the tyres so it was the only way I was going to stop it going in the sand trap."

"It is just one of those things."

"We are good mates and I have lost no respect for Michael and how he is as a driver. He has got to have a go, he wants to get a win for his team and so do I."

David Wall, Wilson Security Racing, p20:

"Really not happy to be where we are for sure, but it doesn't make life any easier when you qualify towards the back. We did make some improvements during the day, and the car was a lot nicer to drive in the second race today. But it still does not feel we are quite in the window."

"I was stuck behind Jack (Perkins) for a number of laps but finally cleared him and then had a good battle with Ingall and was able to make some ground. I was catching the group in front but not quickly enough as the best of the tyres was really gone. We need to sharpen it up for tomorrow for Qualifying once again."

Michael Caruso, Norton Hornets, p24:

"We had a lot of speed today, and that's been very encouraging for the Nissan Motorsport team."

"Qualifying second was great, and my start wasn't too bad and I was just plugging away at Scott (McLaughlin's) lead."

"We had the coming together down at the last turn. I had a chat with Scotty and apologised to him. Obviously, the incident was not intentional."

"That's racing. We're out there, having a go and it is what it is. We'll have to focus on tomorrow now."

Jack Perkins, Team JELD-WEN, p25:

"Unfortunately we didn't get the result we were looking for today, first quali wasn't too bad with a spot inside the Top 20, but the race didn't go to plan, lost a few places off the start and then had to recover, finishing 21st. The second race didn't go well at all, we got the raw end of the deal from a few blokes out there and we finished 25th. We've got another chance tomorrow, with quali and 200km of racing. We'll give it our best shot."

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