Walking Wounded at Wilson
Bathurst is a cruel race and Wilson Security Racing felt its sting today as a brilliant qualifying performance turned sour for David Wall.
Starting from a career-best 13th at Bathurst Wall was optimistic he could back it up in today’s race but clutch dramas on the start line dropped him to 22nd before he even passed go.
Car balance was never right for the entire 1000km and some final stint mechanical dramas meant the team’s strategy was compromised, leaving them 22nd at the chequered flag.
V8 Supercars will be back in action at the Gold Coast in two weeks time.
Wilson Security Racing
“On the start line I was nervous about loading the clutch too much after it bogged at Winton and basically didn’t load it at all. Normally you can feel it biting but there was none of that. It just stopped.
“We struggled with car balance all day. I don’t know what changed but it was a hard job. Maybe it was the wind and the rubbish blowing onto the track.
“It was all starting to get a bit better and then we did a power steering arm. I got it back to the pits and they fixed it but towards the end I began to struggle with the gearbox as well. It wasn’t shifting the way it should so I just dribbled home to the chequered flag.”
Wilson Security Racing Co-Driver
“The first stint was pretty hard work. There was a lot of brake pad knock off turning into left-hand corners so you were constantly pumping the brake pedal to make sure the pads were against the disk before you got to the braking zone. It was very unpredictable. Each time you arrived across the top something different seemed to happen.
“Our strategy was going to come into play in the last stint. I’m certain we were going to move forward considerably if things had gone to plan but the power steering broke. There’s potential there but we didn’t get the end result.”
2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - V8 Supercars - Race 29
MOUNT PANORAMA - BATHURST
V8 SUPERCARS – Race 29
01 M.Winterbottom/S.Richards, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford
02 J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell, Red Bull Racing Australia
03 C.Lowndes/W.Luff, Red Bull Racing Australia
04 G.Tander/N.Percat, Holden Racing Team
05 J.Bright/A.Jones, Team BOC
06 S.Pye/P.Morris, Sargent Security Racing
07 W.Davison/S.Owen, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford
08 S.McLaughlin/J.Perkins, Fujitsu Racing GRM
09 D.Reynolds/D.Canto, The Bottle-O FPR Ford
10 A.Priaulx/M.Ekstrom, XBOX ONE Racing
22 D.Wall/C.Pither, Wilson Security Racing