Learning Experience for Wood in Auckland
Fresh off a sensational podium finish at Winton in round three of V8 Supercar Championship at Winton earlier this month, Team ADVAM/GB’s Dale Wood found the going tougher during the first day of the ITM 500 at Pukekohe in New Zealand.
With limited running before qualifying and the first race of the weekend, Wood battled to find a rhythm on a track that’s relatively unfamiliar to the V8 Supercar Championship debutant.
Wood qualified in 24th position and then suffered a broken anti-roll bar in the race and a rear tyre blow out, relegating the Team ADVAM/GB VF Commodore to 23rd at the flag.
I really struggled to find consistency in my laps and do a good job on this track. That put us where we didn’t need to be and we really struggled to get tyre temp in the race and then the rear anti-roll bar broke and then a tyre let go so we had it all in that race and hopefully that’s all the bad luck out of the way. I feel like we’ve got some practice today and I’m certainly more confident going into tomorrow now.”
Team mate Jason Bright won the first race as he fights to reclaim the Jason Richards Trophy.
There are three races remaining to complete round four of the V8 Supercar Championship.
Races two and three take place tomorrow at 2:05 and 4:05 local time.