Dick Johnson Racing battle tough conditions at Gold Coast 600 final
Wilson Security Racing / DJR fought hard today on the streets of the Gold Coast and deserved better than the final results show.
Qualifying put the team a little behind the eight ball, but with Steve Johnson and Ash Walsh to start, it was a matter of pushing as far up the field as possible. Johnson repeated his Saturday drive with a storming run to be in P11 when the pit stops started. Johnson stayed in the car for a double stint, resuming in P15.
Ash Walsh had moved up well to P14 when he pitted on Lap 35, and handed over to Scott Pye. As the race settled into the middle stages, Johnson was again up to P11 with Pye hauling the #16 Falcon up to P13.
Radio problems were affecting #17 as Steve approached the second stop. Johnson did not want to find a repeat of the previous race when he went down a lap, but this time staying out caused a similar result. The extra lap saw him tumble down to P20 and from there David Wall had to battle on to try and work his way up.
Pye was in the wars after he pitted on Lap 60, and after an altercation with Jack Perkins, was back in Pit Lane for a drive through just one lap later. He was then behind Craig Lowndes for the balance of the race and clawed his way up to P12 in a gutsy drive.
Wall crossed the line in P16, and is now looking forward to the penultimate round at Phillip Island in November.
Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing Falcon #16
“We were the fifth quickest car in the race so we should have been able to get another Top 10. The drive through (PLP) was a little tough. The same move was done on many occasions that I saw so the penalty is inconsistent.
“So, 12th place was a good recovery from last and showed again that we have a good race car, we just needed some luck to fall our way!
“It really is a credit to the DJR guys as the car has had some big hits, and they have worked so hard to repair them faultlessly. And for Ash too. He has done a great job and deserves to be in the main game.”
Ash Walsh - Wilson Security Racing Falcon #16
“I’m not sure we had quite the pace of yesterday but we came through into P12 and ensured more points for Scotty’s championship chase. The Safety Cars were not too bad for us today but when Scott copped a PLP (pit lane penalty) it really hurt. It dropped us from what would have been a strong Top 10 position.
“I have really enjoyed the Pirtek Endurance Cup with DJR and although we had some things not go our way, we showed that we were a good combination.”
David Wall - Wilson Security Racing Falcon #17
“It seems Steve and I had the same problem and struggled to hear the radio calls. I was not sure who was in what position and in the end I got caught behind Bright who was making it very difficult to pass although he seemed to be in trouble. Eventually cleared him and at least got a team result.
“We have had a lot of things not fall our way in the last three races so I am looking ahead to Phillip Island. I love the place; it is my second favourite track after Bathurst so we will be looking for a better result.”
Steve Johnson - Wilson Security Racing Falcon #17
“We were having constant radio problems and it probably did cost us today. We were flying a bit blind and we did not want to fall into the same problem as yesterday where we went a lap down. So I kept going and pitted the next lap but it killed us as I caught the Safety Car on that extra lap.
“The rear tyres did not hang in as well as we had thought, making it tricky to drive. We were still steaming along pretty well and got form P 22 to P 11 so we were in with a shot. We were just behind Youlden and he and Coulthard have finished 7th. A couple of circumstances did hurt us this weekend.”