On a fast lap on his way to fifth, WilsonSecurity Racing’s David Wall found himself in the sand at turn eight, havingtriggered a red flag. There was suspension damage to his Commodore and now without his fastest time he’ll start from 28th – last position on the grid.
Wall was disappointed to have lost hisfastest lap, more than anything else.
“Basically I was on my hot lap, (James) Courtneyand the other HRT (Holden Racing Team) car had just left the pits,” Wall saidafter Qualifying. There is just an hour and 20 minutes between the session andthis afternoon’s race.
“I’m effectively on my lap, he was looking to start his and there was Ingall – I think it was – behind him.
“So as I come up over the hill they’re inthe middle of the track, so I’ve gone to the left and Ingall and Courtney on my right.
“I think Ingall saw me at the last minuteand moved to the right, Courtney obviously had no idea I was there, so I wasalready on the left and committed to stay there and I couldn’t move rightanymore.
“So he’s come out to start his lap and Iended up on the grass.”
The incident between the three drivers at turn seven iscurrently under investigation.
While it looked as if the car could haverolled when hitting the sand trap, Wall had been more worried about his time.
“I wasn’t thinking that (it might roll) Iwas more disappointed about missing the lap – that was our fastest lap byall means but, you know, it happens.
“They’ve got a bit to do (the team), there’sa bit of suspension damage. We’ll see how we go – we’re definitely trying.”
The red flag came right at the end of thesession with two minutes left on the clock – and while Jamie Whincup stillmanaged ARMOR ALL Pole Position, there were some surprise appearances in thetop 10, including Maro Engel in ninth (who’s previous best qualifying resultwas 22nd) and debutant Chaz Mostert in 10th.
The 60/60 Super Sprint race with half timebegins at 1.45pm local time.