Changing Track Conditions a Challenge for DJR
After saying goodbye to the long undulating layout of Mt Panorama, the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship arrived on the Gold Coast for one of the toughest events of the year. The Armor All Gold Coast 600 kicked off today with four practice sessions around the tough, concrete lined Surfers track.
As is always the case with street circuits, the surface is susceptible to rubber and temperature changes all day and both the Wilson Security and Advam backed Falcons found different performance levels in each session.
Chaz Mostert & Tim Blanchard kicked off the day before handing over to co drivers Dale Wood (#12) and Ash Walsh (#17) for two full co driver sessions. Prior to the final session, Ash Walsh in the Tim Blanchard Advam Falcon had been in P14 to record a very solid second session. The cool and blustery conditions through the day were an overriding factor in how the track evolved and all DJR drivers commented how different the track was each time they went out.
Mostert was back in the car for P4 and finished in 14th overall. Blanchard however felt they had gone the wrong way for the final session and did not improve on Walsh’s time from earlier in the day. Overall the two cars showed good speed at various times during the day, but with old tyres and a track not yet at its best, there is long way to go to see just who has unlocked the right set up for this demanding track.
Practice, Qualifying, a Top 10 Shootout and Race 1 all headline the activities at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 on Saturday.
#17 – Advam Falcon – Tim Blanchard
“I felt we were good early in the day as the track started to rubber in, but as the conditions changed the car was not quite as good. I am not sure if it was tyres or just not making the changes to suit the conditions but we will have to make considerable changes tonight to the car to get it where it should be.”
#17 – Advam Falcon – Ash Walsh – Co Driver
“I ran two sessions in a row today and it really went pretty well. There were a few guys in my sessions banging walls but I managed to keep it clean and get a good mid field result. The car was quite good, but I don’t think we chased the track conditions quite enough and when Tim hopped in at the end of the day he was sure that it was not as good as earlier. Like Tim said, a fair bit of homework tonight.”
#12 - Wilson Security Falcon - Chaz Mostert
"I ended both my sessions in the mid pack today. The car was not too bad but the conditions were a little unexpected. Dale ran on older rubber and I think we both had the same thoughts on where the car needed to improve. A better set of tyres in the last session moved us up inside the Top 15 so I think we will have the pace tomorrow to give it a good shake."
#12 – Wilson Security Falcon – Dale Wood – Co Driver
“A pretty uneventful day. It is always good to get a few laps here under your belt with no problems and I was fairly happy given the tyres we were running. Chaz ran newer tyres later in the day and the car was definitely better, so I think we will have a good race package for tomorrow.”