Sixty minutes is not a lot of time to tune a V8 Supercar and Team BOC only had half that today thanks to a costly mechanical issue in Tasmania.
Jason Bright said he knew something was wrong the minute he rolled down pit lane in today's last 30-minute practice session and ultimately had to retire for the team to investigate.
In the earlier practice session Brighty said the car was not on the pace, but that tuning would help for tomorrow's 50-lap race. He will now have to do that in the morning's 20 minute qualifying session at 11.20.
"We weren't quick enough in our first session but I thought there were little things we could do to tune it up. We definitely had work to do in that last session.
"Unfortunately, as soon as I got in the car I knew something was wrong. The steering was heavy in one direction but not the other; I knew something had broken somewhere. It just wasn't turning and I kept on making mistakes. I thought 'this just can't be right.'
"That means we're now having to tune as we go again this weekend, which isn't ideal."
Falken Tasmania Challenge -2011 V8 Supercars - Races 23 & 24
SYMMONS PLAINS INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
V8 SUPERCARS - Practice Combined
01 Paul Dumbrell, The Bottle-O Racing Team, 51.2943
02 Craig Lowndes, Team Vodafone+0.2216
03 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, +0.2328
04 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon, +0.2802
05 Fabian Coulthard, Bundaberg Racing, +0.3127
06 Jamie Whincup, Team Vodafone, +0.3297
07 Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team, +0.3407
08 David Reynolds, Stratco Racing, +0.3755
09 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing, +0.3779
10 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Falcon, +0.3865
26 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.8591
Published: 11 November 2011.