WSR Falcons Press on in Tough Conditions at Winton
Wilson Security Racing / DJR went into Race 9 of the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship with a degree of confidence following David Wall’s superb fifth place in Race 8.
Changes made to the cars were expected to continue this good form but once again the Winton track threw up some curved balls for the teams in Pit Lane. As soon as the 25 cars were let loose for Qualifying the grip levels the track had shown on Saturday fell away and both DJR drivers were complaining of a severe lack of grip after the morning session.
The time sheets showed that the two Falcons had indeed struggled as Pye lined up in P19 and David Wall on the final row of the grid. Both drivers were both surprised and somewhat miffed that the cars could be so different after their competitiveness on Saturday.
The 67 lap race started under sunny and hot conditions and unlike the previous day’s events did not see a Safety Car for the whole duration. For Pye and Wall it was a long afternoon with few positions gained. Most teams adopted a two pit stop strategy and although fresh tyres gave the WSR Falcons an edge, the cars they were battling with experienced the same gains.
The race was somewhat processional and in the final run home Scott had moved into the Top 20 to place 19th after shadowing Will Davison’s AMG for most of the race. David Wall could not repeat his Top 5 today and brought the #17 DJR Falcon home in 22nd place. A weekend of highs and lows for the WSR crew however the cars again proved to be competitive on what was a topsy turvy weekend.
#17 – David Wall – Wilson Security Racing / DJR Falcon FG
“The track obviously changed significantly from yesterday when the car performed really well. We had better qualifying and race pace yesterday which makes the race easier. For whatever reason, today it worked the front and rear tyres very hard and with a very long last stint we were always going to be struggling a bit at the end. I tried not to use too much of the new tyre early on to try and get a bit back at the end but today it just didn’t like it.”
#16 – Scott Pye - Wilson Security Racing / DJR Falcon FG
“We just did not have a lot of speed today. I am really not too sure why yet but I’m sure Rowdy (engineer Mark Fenning), Campbell and the guys will work on it. In the last stint the pace was not too bad but frankly all I did was race Will Davison for 67 laps. It was a disappointing result and even more so given the speed both cars had on Saturday. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure the cars are competitive on weekends when things do change like they have here.”