Solid Race for Wood & Pither on the Gold Coast
Despite a battered and bruised Team ADVAM/GB Commodore, Dale Wood and Chris Pither had a solid race at the Gold Coast 600 today.
After a tough day of practice yesterday, Wood was keen to see if changes overnight would improve the car in both qualifying and the first 300km race.
While Wood was happier with the car’s handling he still found the Team ADVAM/GB Commodore difficult to drive around the unforgiving Surfer’s Paradise track, qualifying 23rd.
Co-driver Chris Pither started the race and was involved in a first lap incident that bent the steering and flat spotted a tyre.
Despite the car’s maladies he put together a strong first stint before handing the car over to main series driver Wood.
While finding the car less than perfect, Wood chipped away at those in front, bringing the car home 15th, 8 spots ahead of his qualifying position.
“The car wasn’t in great shape but it had all its wheels on and it wasn’t shocking and we picked up on the natural attrition of the race really with people falling off and hitting walls. We didn’t start in a very good position so you’re certainly behind the eight ball when you start back there. Considering how the car felt yesterday it didn’t actually drive and handle that bad and hopefully we’ll improve on things for tomorrow.”
“Starting at the back of the pack is always hard and we got caught up in an incident on the opening lap that bent the steering and flat-spotted a tyre. It was challenging from that point on really. I didn’t manage to get into a groove and the car wasn’t 100% so it was just a case of getting it to the pit stop window. We just did the best with what we had and the result at the end wasn’t as bad as it could be so we salvaged something out of a really tough day.”
The cars hit the track again tomorrow for a qualifying session and the final 300km race at the Gold Coast 600.