Drivers' Quoteboard: Wilson Security Sandown 500

  • 15/09/2014
  • By V8 Supercars with teams
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Racing Australia, p1:

"Our day was pretty straight forward which was perfect for us. Paul handed it over with a good lead and even when we had a safety car there was a bit of lapped traffic between us and the Holden Racing Team which worked in our favour. It was quite close at the very end and we were all pushing right to the finish line. That's the story with the Car of the Future, now it all comes down to a few tenths and the battle goes on behind the scenes to make the cars as fast as possible. I always enjoy coming to Sandown and we got the balance right so it made for a really enjoyable weekend. We're also glad to hear that Lee Holdsworth got out of his huge accident safely."

James Courtney, Holden Racing Team, p2:

"The car was mega today - about a thousand times better than what we had here last year. The testing that we did before this event really paid

off. I think the car's really quite good.

"I'm really happy to be turning the same laps as these guys [Whincup and Dumbrell] consistently throughout the whole race and have the car lookingafter its tyres.

"To have second and third is a fantastic result for the team."

Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team, p3:

"Our car was really good - particularly the second last stint and the first part of that last stint. Then the safety car came out and the car never really recovered after that so we lost a little bit of pace.

"We have to figure out what went on there but to come back and be third after having to double stack early in the race, we lost a lost a lot of

track position but Waz did an awesome job moving through the pack... I'm really happy with third. I've finished fourth in the 500 four times

so it's good to be on the podium and obviously it's a fantastic result for the team with second and third."

Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, p4:

"Steve and I worked really well together today and he likes the car set up the same fashion as I do so that's definitely an upside. I suppose the downside was we just didn't have the race pace that we were after. Jamie and Paul's car was better than ours today so they were able to sprint when they needed to and conserve when they needed to so that's something we'll be working on. I'm off to the Singapore Grand Prix this week to go check it all out and then the great thing is we'll be coming back to the Bathurst 1000 as second in the championship."

Scott Pye, Dick Johnson Racing, p5:

"Full credit to the DJR team. The guys turned around a great race car after an ordinary Qualifying. Added to that was the work they had to do after the crash at Sydney. It is a great result.

"To come out and then get this result is just fantastic. And to do it with my best mate is very special. We had a really fast car towards the end and to pick off cars and move into the Top 5 is just the result we need moving into Bathurst."

Chaz Mostert, Pepsi Max Crew, p7:

"As soon as I got in the car I knew I had to just put in repeated qualifying laps. I was pushing on as hard as I could. Our set-up was good, we could do low 1m10s laps all day. Overall once the tyre degraded a little it wouldn't go off which is encouraging. Paul's pit issue put us back but the crew did a great job to put us in the right spot at the right time from then on and after the last restart we went from 13th to seventh so we had some fun. I am looking forward to getting to Bathurst and I'll see what we can do there."

Scott McLaughlin, Volvo Polestar Racing, p8:

"We lost a lot of time in the pits when Alex got held up. It was a shame as the car was really fast. But we will fight back at Bathurst."

David Reynolds, Bottle-O Racing, p9:

"I am so disappointed with myself. It was not my usual thing to make errors, I pride myself on it. I don't recall ever having done it before but it came at the worst time possible. As the day went on our pace got better and better and that's what you want in the long races. Dean did an awesome job but I am devastated to let everyone down."

Mark Winterbottom, Pepsi Max Crew, p10:

"It is a long day when the car isn't doing what you want it to. Usually in the short races you can make changes in between but that isn't possible in the Enduros. Steve did his best with what we had but I actually think we might find something not quite right when we look over it. At least I hope we do. I'm not making excuses, there just needs to be a reason as the front end was bouncing all over the place. That has never happened before so we'll have a thorough look. Either way it doesn't change the outcome."

Tim Slade, Supercheap Auto Racing, p12:

"I dropped a wheel on the kerb and was sucked into the entry to Turn 4 onto the back straight, ran wide and lost a couple of positions.

"I got shuffled back at the restart, and didnt have the pace to challenge those drivers in front of me.

"It was hard work because the drink straw failed, and the cool suit wasnt working too well either. So Im exhausted.

"We struggled with our pace, but will have to work on it for Bathurst."

Rick Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, p13:

"We really wanted a top 10 from today.

"After that last safety car I was pretty excited, because we had good tyres and saved fuel really well, and we were going to have a good battle.

"Unfortunately it's really difficult to pass, and we had a couple of lapped cars in front of us.

"We sent a couple of emails in, but it took 18 laps for the blue flags to get waved to both of them to get out of our way.

"We stormed up to (Tim) Slade, unfortunately I only caught him on the last lap, and it was too late to do anything.

"I would have loved to have had a battle with Tim and Fabian (Coulthard) because we had the pace on them, but it was a matter of whether we could have snuck by or not.

"Opportunity missed with that one, I'm quite disappointed, I think 18 laps is maybe a little too long."

Jack Perkins, Team Jeld-Wen, p15:

"To finish 15th is a good effort, but we can do a lot better. Our car pace was easily good enough for the top ten, so it would have been a great opportunity to have all four FPR cars in the top ten. Strategy didn't go our way, but it's encouraging to know that we have the car pace. A solid start to the Endurance Cup."

David Wall, Dick Johnson Racing, p16:

"We thought the race pace may have been better today but it was not to be. We struggled for grip front and rear, no matter if it was on new or old tyres, Steve and I just could not get the car tuned to really attack cars in front of us.

"We get some more points and a P16 is probably as good as we could have done today. I am looking forward to rolling out the new livery at Bathurst with Steve and the team."

Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar Racing, p17:

"The race was fairly good, we had better pace today and it looks promising for the coming rounds. Greg (Ritter) did a great job and climbed a couple of spots as well. I look forward to Bathurst."

Michael Caruso, Norton Hornets, p18:

"Unfortunately, we had a hard day out there - full of ups and downs. It's not the result we were after, and with the amount of points we've given away, it's going to hurt us in the championship. We need to regroup as a team, and we're less than a month away from the big one (Bathurst 1000) and I'm very confident that we can get it together because I think we can do a good job."

Dale Wood, Team Advam, p19:

"I was really happy with the car but one bad pit stop and our race is over unfortunately. I'm not sure exactly where we would have finished - probably somewhere in the mid-teens. I hope we have a fast car at Bathurst. Unfortunately a few issues have cost us dearly and in this series you can't have issues so we've got to get that stuff right to be in contention."

Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, p20:

"It wasn't an ideal day for us.

"The car actually wasn't all that bad, it was certainly good enough to hang around where we started, but it was one thing after another that put us back to nowhere.

"It wasn't raw speed, or any mistakes from anybody that caused it.

"I got turned around by Lee Holdsworth, which put me a lap down, and once you're in that situation it's pretty tough going.

"On the restart I've tried to let a few guys through that weren't a lap down, and they almost fed me into the fence, so it was just one of those days.

"On a positive note, the car was reasonable, we qualified pretty well for a track like this, and the first two races weren't too bad."

Nick Percat, Walkinshaw Racing, p23:

"Oliver (Gavin) did a great job today and had the elbows up early on. We got caught out with the double stacking in the pits and lost a lot of time. The car was strong and if hadn't got drilled into the fence I am sure we could have finished at least 12th, which would have been a great recovery for us. We got the car fixed and picked up a few points and will now turn our attention to Bathurst."

James Moffat, Norton Hortnets, p25:

"I'm pretty gutted. It has been a disastrous weekend, and to not even get the opportunity to get out there in the race means our championship is going to take a big hit. We'll go back and have a look at the problem. Anything can happen in endurance racing, and we didn't give ourselves a chance. I feel sorry for the guys, but it has been a terrible weekend. We've had no car speed here, so all we can do is move onto Bathurst."

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