Difficult Saturday on the Gold Coast for WSR Volvo
Wilson Security Racing GRM (Volvo Polestar Racing) driver Scott McLaughlin qualified a strong second on the grid for the first race of the Gold Coast 600 weekend.
However a front row grid position was unfortunately hindered by incidents during the race.
”The day started really good. We qualified second and the car felt really good on the hard tyres. Alex was doing a great job, he just made a couple of simple mistakes at the chicane and took too much curb. It snapped the bumper off and damaged the power steering cooler. When it rains it pours. We had a really fast car today and I think almost certainly we were up for a podium, but those things happen and we just need to push on for tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.
Co-driver Alex Prémat started the race and put hard pressure on pole man Jonathon Webb. But taking too much curb at one point of the circuit meant that Prémat damaged the front splitter and steering, with a lengthy pit stop following and dropping the duo from second to finish 21st.
”I had a really good start, but I hit the curbs which destroyed a bit of the front splitter. I didn’t know that the damage was so extensive. But Scotty did a really good job and the car speed was very good. Hopefully we can achieve a podium tomorrow,” said Prémat.
David Wall and Chris Pither had a tough day as well in the #34 Volvo to finish 16th after a visit in the tyre barriers, despite that climbing two places from their grid position.
”I made a mistake on cold tyres from the pits, I am kicking myself for that. I think if we can qualify for the top 15 tomorrow, we will have a really good chance for the top ten,” said Wall.
”We had a pretty rough start here on the Gold Coast. Overall the car itself wasn’t too bad. We will probably be in good shape tomorrow and 16th place I think is a pretty reasonable result after the incidents we had in the race,” said Pither.
The second race of the Gold Coast 600 race weekend starts at 14:30 local time.