Rogers takes positives

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 05/04/2016
  • By Kassie Gadeke

Wilson Security GRM boss Garry Rogers praised his team’s performance under pressure on Saturday when dealing with an engine issue on Scott McLaughlin’s S60.

The quick Kiwi, who qualified eighth, reported an engine miss on the out-lap of the 120km race, causing a scramble on the grid as his team tried to repair the Volvo V8 Supercar.

It ultimately became about points management, starting McLaughlin in pit lane to try and ensure he was counted as a starter and completed enough of the race to earn championship points.

Rogers has vowed was team is working hard so he can report good news at next V8 Supercars event Phillip Island, to be run in less than a fortnight after what he called an “up and down weekend” in Tasmania.

“As the cars took their grid positions and with 20 minutes before the race start ‘Gypsy’ Jeff Marshall found that a butterfly on the inlet manifold had broken at one of the hinge ends,” Rogers wrote in his post-event wrap.

“Gypsy tried desperately to remove the jammed butterfly on the grid, but with start time approaching and the risk of dropping the broken part into the engine, it was decided to start Scott from pit lane so that he was deemed a starter. [We would] pit him after lap one and attempt to complete the fix inside a further eight laps so that we would be deemed a finisher and earn some points. 

“The reason that we chose to start Scott from pit lane and not the start line is that if the car sat on the rev limiter it may cause severe engine damage. 

“Gypsy and the boys did a really great job under severe pressure to get Scott back out, although he finished last.”

McLaughlin had a much better run on Sunday, finishing fourth in the 200km dash, which leaves him 10th in the points and just 81 off new championship leader and Sunday race winner Will Davison.

Rogers said there were plenty of positives for the team to focus on heading to Phillip Island, and was still pleased after a little win of his own on Wednesday after showing his charges “what driving is all about”.

“The first port of call was Tasmania Golf Club,” he wrote.

“We really enjoyed the afternoon of golf and it was easy to tell that the drivers have plenty of spare time as they both played like pros. 

“The good part was I kept score and as far as I am concerned I won! Better luck next time boys.”

For McLaughlin’s recap of the weekend, stay tuned to Inside Supercars tonight on FOX SPORTS 506 at 7.30pm AEST.

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