Team BOC's Jason Bright had plenty of pace but little luck on day two of the Castrol 500 in Townsville today.
With back to back qualifying sessions and two fast paced 125km races, Bright was hopeful of building on his strong Friday practice form and that proved to be the case in first qualifying, with the Team BOC Commodore grabbing third place on the grid.
Second qualifying was more troublesome however, with Bright unable to crack the top ten, starting the race from 13th.
The first race initially went to plan with Bright slotting in to second before Tander grabbed the place early on. Shane Van Gisbergen then got in on the action, nudging Bright in the rear bumper, damaging the car and pushing it into Tander, inadvertently spinning the HRT driver around.
As a result of the damage, Bright suffered from car imbalance which affected his pace leading up to the compulsory race pitstop. Coming in 3rd, Bright rejoined 11th before a safety car was deployed after Lowndes hit the wall.
Following the safety car restart Bright fought on with his battle scarred VF Commodore, forcing his way past Caruso, Reynolds and Slade on his way to 7th place at the finish.
Race two was difficult from the start. After an early pitstop from 12th position, Bright showed plenty of pace, briefly getting into the top 10 before a front end mechanical problem struck the car.
Bright dropped down the field but brought the car home safely in 17th position.
"After getting hit by Van Gisbergen, it put us on the back foot and we didn't have the pace in that period because all of the rear diffuser was damaged so we were really oversteery. I got it better but it wasn't ideal. Our pace was pretty good towards the end but unfortunately it was too late."
"We don't know what's broken on the car yet, it's really disappointing, we've had really good speed all weekend and I really don't feel like we got the results that we deserved speed wise today so hopefully we'll have a good day tomorrow. There was no incident that caused the problem, it's just a brutal track for the cars and it's easy to bend something. I think we've got good pace and if we can qualify well and run our own race I'm pretty sure we'll have a good day."
Winner: Jamie Whincup, Red Bull
Second: Garth Tander, HRT
Third: Will Davison, Erebus
Seventh: Jason Bright, Team BOC
Winner: Garth Tander, HRT
Second: James Courtney, HRT
Third: Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing
Seventeenth: Jason Bright, Team BOC
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When Jason Bright hits the brakes on his Team BOC VF Commodore the rotors will heat up to about 850 degress celsius! Toasty.
Published: 05 July 2014.