Wood Struggles for Grip
A lack of grip hampered Team ADVAM/GB’s Dale Wood on day two of the Phillip Island 400 in Victoria today.
Any chance of a strong finishing position in the two 100km races would depend on a good grid position in the two frantic 10 minute qualifying sessions.
Unfortunately the TEAM ADVAM/GB Commodore lacked grip in the first qualifying session, Wood finishing 23rd.
Things were better in second qualifying, Wood placing the car 19th for the final 100km race.
In race one Wood battled to finish 23rd, not helped by a punt from behind from Shane Van Gisbergen, a move that earnt the Tekno driver a drive-through penalty.
Race two followed a similar pattern to the first race, with Wood struggling for grip in the Team ADVAM/GB Commodore – eventually finishing the race in 22nd position.
“We weren’t strong at the start of the race. We were stronger at the end and then I passed Gis (Van Gisbergen) and for whatever reason he decided to turn me around. I think it cost us one position. It felt like I was struggling with the car but then looking around it didn’t look like anyone was doing it a whole lot easier.”
“It started a little bit better and then the first couple of laps looked like we’d be OK. I feel like we’re working hard in the car for not much at the moment. It’s an overall grip problem at the moment, sliding all over the road a lot. Others seem to be suffering from that as well to an extent but it doesn’t feel like it’s nearly as much.”
Race one was won by Scott McLaughlin in the Volvo with Lowndes a close second and Whincup third. Race two was taken out by Jamie Whincup, who in the process claimed his sixth V8 Supercar Championship title.
The third and final 200km race takes place tomorrow to wrap up round 13 of the Championship.