Richie Stanaway declared his OTR SuperSprint a ‘weekend from hell’ amid a tough trip to Tailem Bend for the four-car Tickford Racing outfit.
Having entered the weekend with high hopes on a new circuit that promised a level playing field for the rookies, Stanaway finished 22nd in both races.
Starting 26th on Saturday, the Kiwi was delayed by an early spin following a clash with Simona De Silvestro, and also complained of a sticking throttle.
The RABBLE.club Falcon then started last on Sunday, after qualifying 27th and copping a three-place grid penalty for an unsafe rejoin from an off during the session.
In the race, early contact again hurt his chances of a result.
“I had a good start, and just got hit really heavily in the rear at Turn 6. I don’t know who it was because they were too far out of my sight,” he explained.
“I gathered it up and on the exit of the corner I got collected in the left-front by another car, and the car was bent like a banana seven corners into a 41-lap race.
“Every pitstop we were trying to dial ride height into it to try and straighten it out, but it was pretty badly bent, so it was just a matter of trying to get any amount of experience out of the day that I could, we couldn’t really achieve anything after the first six corners.
“It’s been a weekend from hell, really. We just have to try to forget about it and go better at Sandown.”