Wood Battles With Difficult Car
Team ADVAM/GB’s Dale Wood battled with a wayward rear end in his VF Commodore on day two of the ITM 500 at Pukekohe in New Zealand.
Wood qualified 22nd and 19th for the two 100km races today after finding the car difficult to handle on the fast bumpy corners of Pukekohe.
In race one, Wood tangled with Erebus’s Will Davison, the car suffering damage to the rear end that curtailed the pace of the Team ADVAM/GB Commodore, Wood eventually finishing the race in 21st position.
The second race was relatively uneventful, with Wood battling home to 20th position.
“The car was good at the start but we had a hit with Davo and something was broken in the rear end. He threw it up the inside and I left him some room but I had to turn eventually so that led to the collision.”
“The car definitely felt better but I was muscled around by Mostert and Holdsworth and I couldn’t keep on the back of Todd (Kelly) and just ended up running my own race.”
Mark Winterbottom won the first race today from James Courtney and Chaz Mostert with local hero Shane Van Gisbergen winning the second from Winterbottom and Scott McLaughlin.
In the chase for the Jason Richards Trophy, Shane Van Gisbergen leads the points on 133 with one 200km race remaining - Winterbottom is second on 118
Tomorrow’s 200km race has 150 points on offer for the winner.