Tyre ‘lotto’ Stifles Running for Wilson Security Racing at SKYCITY Triple Crown
Practice kicked off today in Darwin for SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway. And the word on everyone’s lips today was tyres.
Not only the mixed bag of Dunlop Hard and Soft compounds being used in the 3 x 30 minute practice sessions but also the allocation of only sixteen tyres to see through the weekend’s qualifying and racing.
The Wilson Security Racing pair of Scott Pye and David Wall showed good speed in the morning sessions with Pye the best in P8 is session one. David Wall too was in the mix in P16 and made many changes to the car as the day went on.
The second and third sessions saw no improvement from DJR Falcons as they stayed on used Dunlop Hard tyres. Many others drew from their practice tyre bank and used the softer compound so times overall were a mixed bag as vastly different strategies were employed.
Both drivers believe there is more to come from the cars for the qualifying and races, but as usual times were very close suggesting an ultra competitive grid and a weekend where good race strategy will pay big dividends.
The SKYCITY Triple Crown is another of the three race formats with two x 100km races on Saturday followed by a 200km race on Sunday. A mix of Dunlop Hard and Sprint tyres will ensure strategy and pit stops play a huge bearing on the race results.
#16 – Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“Today was quite good. In particular we did a longer run in the second session to see how the car would react. I am not sure anyone really knows where everyone is at with outright speed as the mix of tyres of today on track proved inconclusive. We ran on the Dunlop hard tyres all day and I know others did change to the soft compound.
“We need to find to find maybe 3/10ths to be right at the pointy end. The car is lacking a little bit of lateral grip but we will work on that tonight. This circuit is surprisingly hard on tyres but light on grip so it is quite unique. The extra pace is quite achievable for tomorrow’s qualifying.”
#17 – David Wall – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“We are still chasing a little bit of car balance after the three sessions. We were a bit up and down during the day and obviously there were guys on both the hard and soft tyres. We ran the hard compound all day so it is a little bit hard to know where will pop out in Qualifying tomorrow.”