Tough Yet Promising Day for Team Advam
It was a tough but promising day for Team ADVAM/GB’s Dale Wood at the SKYCITY Triple Crown in Darwin today.
With two 100km races on the cards, and only two sets of new hard tyres for the day, qualifying would prove to be critical on the twisty Hidden Valley circuit.
Wood finished the first qualifying session in 21st before a sensational lap in second qualifying put him 10th on the grid for race two.
In race one Wood battled with Volvo’s Robert Dahlgren before muscling his way past. He finished in 21st position.
In the second race the Team ADVAM/GB VF Commodore struggled off the startline and Wood lost positions in the fight to the first corner. Struggling with tyres he brought the car home in 17th position.
“It’s like any race in this category, if you don’t qualify well you get caught up in a lot of issues and you can end up with a fair bit of damage. It’s all about qualifying in this field.”
“I’ve made good starts all year but unfortunately I just didn’t get a good one then. I’ve been struggling to feel the tyre on the road here, there’s so little grip. The tyres went off pretty quickly and I just didn’t feel consistent enough in the car. We’ve got a bit of work to do tomorrow but hopefully we can get it up the grid in qualifying like today and give us the best chance of a good result.”
Red Bull's Jamie Whincup won both 100km races today from team mate Craig Lowndes.
The third and final 200km race of round 6 of the Championship takes place tomorrow and will feature a mixture of soft and hard tyres.