Wood Battles Hard in the Wet
Team ADVAM/GB’s Dale Wood battled hard in mixed conditions at Sydney Motorsport Park today for round 9 of the V8 Supercar Championship.
It was an all-action opening day with two practice and qualifying sessions and two races to contend with as well as variable weather.
On a dry track Wood finished both qualifying sessions in 24th position. Things changed dramatically with just minutes before the start of the first 100 km race when the heavens opened and the track awash.
Wood kept his head and stayed out of trouble in the ensuing wet race, finishing 19th. It was much the same in the equally soggy race 2, where, despite a spin, Wood again finished 19th.
Race one: “We were fairly competitive. I think we may have started our tyre pressures a little bit high because as the track dried I had to start getting defensive, whereas early in the race I could attack quite well. We made up some spots but lost a couple at the end.”
Race two: “We qualified in the same spot and while it’s always nice to finish higher than you qualify, I felt like we were more competitive in the first race. We got a good start though and made up a few spots. I had a spin just on my own that hurt us but it wasn’t too bad. We’ve got to continue to work on qualifying to give us more of a chance in the races.
Both races were won by Tekno’s Shane Van Gisbergen.
Round 9 will finish tomorrow with a 200km feature race.