Car speed at Team BOC now merits consistent top-five finishes according to Jason Richards, who aims to start the trend at Symmons Plains this weekend.
After a terrible meeting at the Gold Coast 600, in which Richards did not even drive the car in Sunday?s race, he says the team is long-overdue some spoils from a car which has topped the time sheets more than once this year.
Tasmania has not traditionally been one of Richards? must successful circuits but he believes the team?s braking ability and horsepower could see him turn that around.
Practice begins on Friday at 10.30am.
?Sunday at the Gold Coast was a disaster for the team and it would be nice to think that we can get at least two of the BJR cars inside the top five this weekend, because we deserve to be there. It would be nice to bounce back and show our strength.
?A quick lap at Symmons Plains comes from putting three different elements together: braking is a big chunk of the lap time and that's one of our car?s strengths. With its one long straight, horsepower is the next chunk and I think our grunt?s competitive. The last little bit comes from putting the power down out of the corners. I think we?ve got two thirds covered so everything depends on how we go with getting the power down.
?To be fair, I?ve been a mid-pack runner here; I reckon we just haven?t had the grunt before because it?s a horsepower circuit and if you don?t have the ultimate power you do struggle. The engine is a lot more competitive these days so we should do better.?
Richards? Symmons Plains Stats
Top three race finishes: 1 (2007)
Top Ten round finishes: 3 (2005, 2006, 2007)
Starts: 17 (races) / 6 (events)
First V8 race: 2004
Published: 10 November 2010.