Pitstop Trouble Robs Team ADVAM/GB of a Good Result
A problematic pitstop robbed Team ADVAM/GB’s Dale Wood and Chris Pither of a strong result at today’s Wilson Security Sandown 500.
Co-driver Chris Pither started the race from the rear of the grid following engine trouble in yesterday’s qualifying race.
Pither raced quickly and consistently, climbing into the midfield as the race progressed. Pitting for a driver change on lap 85 it all went wrong however when problems with a brake pad change cost the team more than 40 seconds.
Main driver Dale Wood battled hard to the flag but the pit stop dropped the car off the lead lap and the Team ADVAM/GB Commodore finished the race in 19th position.
I was really happy with the car but one bad pitstop and our race is over unfortunately. I’m not sure exactly where we would have finished – probably somewhere in the mid teens. I hope we have a fast car at Bathurst. Unfortunately a few issues have cost us dearly and in this series you can’t have issues so we’ve got to get that stuff right to be in contention.”
I was pretty happy with the way the car was going today. I think we made some pretty big improvements overnight from how the car felt yesterday so I was happy with the pace. It’s a little bit disappointing that the pitstop cost us a lot of time but we definitely had a lot of potential today – it just wasn’t our day. Hopefully we can take some positives away from this and hopefully get a result at Bathurst.”
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is next up on October 9-12.