WSR Works Hard on Setup on Friday at Barbagallo
The Perth 400 kicked off today under changeable conditions at Barbagallo Raceway. Wilson Security Racing / DJR worked on the set up of the two FG Falcons, whilst keeping a close eye on the brand new car for David Wall.
The three practice sessions delivered a somewhat mixed bag of results with Scott Pye as high as P8 in session two, but back down in P19 in the final 20 minute hit out.
The revised practice format inevitability delivers variations from session to session, and both DJR drivers scored well in the second run. However, as the field moved onto new tyres for the last practice, the excepted gain did not come.
The main issue reported by both drivers to their engineers was a combination of tyre pressures and not getting more than one clear run before the chequered flag fell to end the day’s proceedings. The cars finished the day line astern with David Wall in the new WSR / PAYCE Ford just one spot ahead of Scott Pye in the #16 DJR car. To highlight the close nature of the field, just 3/10ths of second was the gap between Wall and fastest time setter Fabian Coulthard.
Saturday sees two Qualifying sessions followed by two 100km races in the Super Sprint format.
#16 – Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“The first couple of sessions were pretty good but we really only got one timed lap in the final run on the new tyres. We missed the pressures a bit which hurt us in what was left of the short 20 minute session. We have got some work to do from P19 today but once again this is only 4/10ths off pole.
“It is a very close field and I think I did leave some on the table so that should help us tomorrow. We will look at the qualifying strategy tonight and I’m sure Rowdy (DJR engineer Mark Fenning) will come out firing with some good ideas and give me a great car in the morning.”
#17 – David Wall – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“We are still learning the new car of course, it may be a little different to what I had before but all in all I’m very happy. The new WSR Falcon has not missed a beat all day and it is a great credit to all the DJR team for the long days and nights they put in.
“We will work on the set up tonight as we made changes today which helped one end of the car but not the other. The balance here is very important. There is still more in me as well and I’ve go to work on one of the sectors to put the lap together.”