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- 2019 V8 Supercar Championship Season - News - PODIUM CHANCES DRENCHED BY DOWNPOUR
News // Podium chances drenched by downpour

The Facts

Sydney 500 day 2, Homebush Olympic Precinct

Round 14 of the V8 Supercar Championship.

Format: One 20 minute practice session, two 10 minute qualifying sessions and two 125km races

Practice one: 09:00-09:20

Driver: Jason Bright

Weather: Mainly sunny, light winds, 23 degrees.

Position: 13th: 1:28.4716

Fastest: Shane Van Gisbergen: 1:27.6311

Qualifying One: 11:15-11:25

Driver: Jason Bright

Weather: Overcast, moderate winds, 24 degrees

Position: 11th: 1:29.3374

Fastest: Will Davison: 1:28.7640

Qualifying two: 11:35-11:45

Driver: Jason Bright

Weather: Overcast, moderate winds, 26 degrees

Position: 1st: 1:27.7889

Race One: 14:30-15:35: 125km

Driver: Jason Bright

Weather: Overcast, moderate winds, 25 degrees

Position: 9th

Winner: Jamie Whincup

Race Two: 16:50-18:00: RAIN SHORTENED – 23 LAPS

Driver: Jason Bright

Weather: Dry leading into torrential rain

Position: 4th

Winner: Jamie Whincup

For full results click here for our RACE CONTROL

Story of the day


The Team BOC VF Commodore looked to have plenty of speed yesterday, despite missing most of second practice, and that proved to be the case in today’s qualifying sessions. The first qualifying session only yielded an 11th place grid position after Craig Lowndes brought out the red flag following a hard hit into the wall with a minute still to run. It was a different story in second qualifying, with Bright hooking the car up beautifully and flying round the track .0832 of a second faster than Shane Van Gisbergen - grabbing the coveted pole position for race two.

Race one

After qualifying 11th, Bright’s focus was on surviving the race unscathed before starting the second race from pole. He survived a tap from behind in the first lap chaos and with a mandatory fuel stop to contend with in both 125km races, the team decided to bring in the Team BOC VF Commodore early on lap 6. On lap 10 a safety car was called and more pitstops ensued. After the shuffle Bright was was sitting comfortably in 10th, which became 9th after a problem for James Courtney. The race was won by Jamie Whincup.

Race two

From pole, Bright suffered wheelspin off the line and dropped to second behind Whincup. While losing ground to the Red Bull, the Team BOC Commodore held Van Gisbergen and McLaughlin at bay. With large storm clouds gathering overhead it was only a matter of time before wets would be called into action and it began to spit with rain on lap 15 before the full blown torrential downpour on lap 17. By that stage everyone had been into the pits for wet weather tyres and Bright rejoined in second. Unfortunately standing water caught him out and he had a brief off track excursion, putting the Team BOC Commodore down to 4th. With visibility appalling and standing water a major concern the safety car was brought out before the race was stopped on lap 19. It was eventually restarted under the safety car until finally ending on lap 23.

Driver Quotes

Jason Bright


“The potential was there in the car right from the start of the weekend, I just didn’t manage to put it together without it getting up on two wheels and that’s been the challenge. I just saw the time in that lap come to me. I knew I was on a pretty good lap. My dash was telling me we were well up and it was all about not stuffing up the last sector. I went in pretty deep into the third last corner but it didn’t really hurt the time too much. It was a good lap.”

Race one

“To be honest I just wanted to make sure I had a car to race from pole this afternoon. Starting 11th it was always going to be difficult so I wasn’t taking any risks. The car felt like it had good pace but I couldn’t get around the guys in front. I’m happy with the car and I think there’s even more in it.”

Race two

“It was a disappointing day. We were on for a podium there in the dry. When I went back out after putting on wet tyres it was bucketing down I ran wide at one corner just all locked up, aquaplaning like hell at 20kph and went down an escape road. I turned it around but lost a couple of spots. Straight after Shane and Scott got through the safety car came out so in another couple of corners we would have been right so it’s very disappointing.”

Next up

Sunday, 6th November

Qualifying One: 11:05-11:25

Top Ten Shootout: 13:30-14:00

Race one: 15:40-17:45

Championship positions


1. Jamie Whincup: 3169

2. Mark Winterbottom: 2660

3. Craig Lowndes: 2580

4. Shane Van Gisbergen: 2559

5. Scott McLaughlin: 2355

13: Jason Bright: 1776


1. Red Bull Racing Australia: 5779

2. Ford Performance Racing: 4988

3. Holden Racing Team: 4454

4. Brad Jones Racing: 4126

5. Norton Hornets: 3619

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Published: 06 December 2014.


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