Drivers' Quoteboard: Race 22

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 06/07/2014
  • By V8 Supercars

Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Racing Australia, p1:

"Townsville is a home race for Red Bull Racing Australia so there's no better feeling than standing on the top step of that podium, it's as good as it gets. That's what professional sport is all about - knowing that you can achieve something as a team and putting absolutely everything on the line to get the win. It was important for the team at this halfway point to turn things around which we feel we have now after Darwin and this weekend in Townsville. Having said that we're not going to take anything for granted, we've got to keep our heads down and know that the other teams are going to step us as well so we'll be sure to put up a fight to the very end in Sydney."

Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team, p2:

"I think we saw on the weekend all four WR cars were there all weekend, we were in the 10 all weekend. Sladey had a bad day yesterday but his speed was there... For me it was satisfying being up in the party with the boys.

"We probably didn't have the tyre consistency today that we had yesterday. That probably hurt us overall. I'm not sure if that was the difference between the race win and second, I think the way the strategy played out for Jamie, we had to commit to two very, very long stints and that meant we were always going to be a bit vulnerable at the end, but we were still 20 seconds in front of the next car behind us, so pretty strong race for us."

Shane van Gisbergen, Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods, p3:

"We sort of had planned that the whole way along in the race, from lap 25, 30 onwards had no idea what was going on once we pitted for the second. You're racing cars off strategy, not knowing if you're racing them so trying to get as much information as possible... It was good racing with Nick (Percat) and James (Courtney), they were struggling with their tyres, but still fought hard. But Garth and Jamie were a long way up the road. For us, it was pretty good."

Nick Percat, Walkinshaw Racing, p5:

"Awesome to be in the top five twice on the weekend, and especially on the long Sunday race which pays the big points.

"I really have to thank all the boys who have worked tirelessly over the past month. The great thing is that this was a genuine performance, no flukes and we have every right to feel confident heading into the second half of the season.

"Our qualifying pace has been a big highlight and even though I would have loved another set of rear tyres to vault us even further up the order we had to look towards the race.

"To really come on so strong is awesome and to battling with my teammates is a great sign for the whole Walkinshaw operation that the positions we are fighting each other for are at or towards the front."

Mark Winterbottom, Ford Pepsi Max Crew, p6:

"We salvaged a result today and sixth is a lot better than where we started and it was a good team effort to get me there. Chaz was better than me in qualifying so he was able to pit first and we used our tyre conservation and superior fuel strategy to our advantage. Stacking is one of those things that happens and will always happen. It's just part of racing and If I'd qualified better positions would've been reversed. We need to improve our pace though and we won't be worrying about points until we get quicker. Ipswich should be okay but there is no doubt there is work to be done on the hard tyre, especially in qualifying. Our speed needs to be better without doubt."

Chaz Mostert, Ford Pepsi Max Crew, p7:

"It was a really tough day. I was happy to get into the shootout, which was my first ever, and any time you are in the top 10 you are a chance as we've seen recently. At the start the early safety car threw strategies up in the air and I thought we might be able to only stop twice but when the puncture happened we had to change. The upside was, I could just get on with it and push. We got seventh in the end and to get both cars well into the 10 was important. We banked a decent amount of points, which I am happy about after a tough weekend pace-wise. I am looking forward to Queensland Raceway as I won there last year."

Scott Pye, Wilson Security Racing, p8:

"It was a risky call not pitting early but it has turned out really well. It was a bloody tough race, it was a race where you had to do 88 qualy laps as we didn't have to conserve fuel or tyres so the guys just told me drive flat out. It was a joy! It is nice to be given a race car that handles well and you can just go at it lap after lap.

"The pit stops were awesome and the boys deserve a lot of credit for getting me clear of McLaughlin and Davison. All in all we passed a lot of cars so qualifying better will help for sure!"

Scott McLaughlin, Valvoline Racing GRM, p9:

"Tough race for us then. We were running pretty good but unfortunately strategy got us, and a little bit of car pace... we sort of soldiered on there pretty well, but just didn't have enough for the top eight people."

Michael Caruso, Norton Hornets, p11:

"I'm gutted, absolutely gutted about this result. Finishing 11th isn't something we should be gutted about, but when we had a chance at top five - maybe better - it's very disappointing.

"I think I was the only driver in the race who had to drive to a certain fuel number, and it eventually crushed us. I was sitting behind Percat in sixth into the last stint, and I just had to watch him drive away.

"After a DNF yesterday, it's nice to get some points in the bag, but we need to seriously look at this and make sure it never happens again."

David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing, p12:

"We made some improvements in the race and the car was the best it has been all weekend. The puncture was one of those unlucky things and that put me a lap down unfortunately. After that I had good pace, I passed a heap of cars and had a lot of fun. We need to qualify better so that is the focus between now and Ipswich. Our race pace is strong so if we can sort qualifying we'll be ok."

Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing, p14:

"It was tough today. I think it stemmed from the first two practices, not having good tyre quality and it's felt like we've been a bit behind all weekend. We finished where we started and now we have to look at the data. Thankfully we have a test day between now and the next race, so we can really try some things we need to work on and hopefully come back fighting at Queensland Raceway."

James Moffat, Norton Hornets, p16:

"It's been a disappointing and frustrating day.

"Getting the drive-through penalty really sealed our fate, and it has been an untidy weekend for us - we need to stop having weekends like that.

"Spinning the wheels was unfortunate. We have procedures for that, but it was quite messy with the double stacking, so I might have made a mistake, but I've never done it before.

"I trucked around on my own for most of the day, passing most of the cars during our pit stops.

"We'll pick up the pieces and try and turn it around for Queensland Raceway."

Jason Bright, Team BOC, p17:

"I came in for the pitstop and came out in sixth which I thought was a pretty good position but then we got the penalty. I'm not sure what happened with the wheel spinning. I lost the clutch on the line and I'm not sure if it hadn't recovered from that by the time I made the pitstop or it was something else. I'm pretty frustrated by the amount of pace we're showing but not winning silverware at the moment. The last few rounds we've had that pace, good enough to win trophies. We've just got to put it all together and get the result next time out."

Rick Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, p18:

"It was a bit of a tough one. The early Safety Car wasn't what we wanted, and that really set the tone for the rest of the race.

"It was a long, uneventful race from where I sat. When you have tough days like that, you just have to do your best, gather up any points that are on offer and move on.

"I think there's still more we can get out of the set-up of our cars while we wait for further improvements to the car."

Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, p19:

"It's a pretty challenging race over that distance.

"We made a change to the car from qualifying to try and help the car look after its tyres and give us some better drive. It made the car harder to drive, so it was a pretty long old race.

"I fished around with the roll bars to get a better balance, but it was just too far out of range.

"It was a long race, so just happy to get it home in one piece."

David Wall, Wilson Security Racing, p20:

"We stayed out of trouble without any dramas but we just did not have any car pace today. We toughed it out in qualifying again and the car really did not feel much better in the race. Yesterday the car balance came back late in the race but today for some reason it did not.

"We pitted on Lap 1 and maybe we punished the tyres a little too much on 40 lap runs, but it is hard to judge if the car would have been any better on a different strategy."

Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, p23:

"We got away to a good start and came in to pit as soon as the first safety car came out to put on new rear tyres and refuel. We knew we had to look at fuel numbers as a result of that and a few laps in something went wrong with the engine, it started running hot and losing water and the boys started telling me to slow up and back off to try and get the fuel numbers right. By this stage I'd been passed three times so we knew we had a problem with the car. It's a shame because the team did a fantastic job yesterday and I was hoping to be able to give them a reward today but it was fantastic seeing Jamie on the podium, to have a victory."

Jack Perkins, Team JELD-WEN, DNF:

"Yet another disappointing day for Team JELD-WEN, I qualified better today, we moved up a few spots, inside the top 20. But unfortunately on lap one, and turn one, we got drilled in the side, throwing us straight into the fence. That's a quick part of the circuit, 220km/h or so, and not the way we wanted the day to go. It's our first DNFs for the whole year, and I get two in one weekend! I'm now really looking forward to Ipswich so we can really start to show what we can do, and repay the faith shown by our supporters."

Dale Wood, Team ADVAM/GB Gal, DNF:

"I got a reasonable start and Jack got a bad one. I got through on the inside of him through the kink through turn one and our wheels grabbed and it shot me across to him and we ended up buggered unfortunately. It was just one of those racing incidents."

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