WSR Focus on Setup in Practice for Townsville 500
Three short practice sessions greeted the 25 car field at Townsville’s Reid Park circuit today as Round 7 of the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship kicked off.
Wilson Security Racing drivers David Wall and Scott Pye spent the day working hard on set up of the DJR FG Falcon’s mindful that Qualifying for the three races would be a critical factor.
Both drivers recorded similar times in each session but a number of changes were made to the cars as the track conditions improved. Street circuits invariably take time to grip up and times in all practice sessions did not show huge gains in time.
The DJR engineers are working hard with their respective drivers to deliver a car that can punch out that vital single lap in Qualifying, as the race pace of the cars has been very strong in recent rounds. With this in mind drivers and engineers were bunkering down tonight to try and unlock those extra few tenths of a second.
There are two Qualifying sessions on Saturday and 2 x 125 km races making up the first leg of the Castrol Townsville 500.
#16 – Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“We were OK in the first two practice session and made some improvements throughout the day. I think in the last session a few little mistakes cost a few tenths but after today, my engineer ‘Rowdy’ (DJR’s Mark Fenning) has a good handle on what we need to do for tomorrow.
“The short Qualifying sessions put a lot of pressure on but I’m happy to go for the lap straight away. I think we do have a good direction for tomorrow so hopefully we can have a good run.”
#17 – David Wall – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“It looked like most of the field ran a green tyre in that final session. It made a big step forward but not enough as our outright pace is still not quite there. We need to have look tonight to tune it up and try and get that one lap pace.
“Both our Wilson Security / PAYCE Falcons were similar today and we ended up line astern so we both have to find more overnight to make the cars good qualifiers.”