RACE 1: 13:45-14:50 (39 laps)
Winner: Jamie Whincup
RACE 2: 16:25-17:30 (39 laps)
Winner: Fabian Coulthard
SUNDAY MARCH 1 2015
10:55-11:15: Qualifying - Race 3 (20 minutes)
12:10-12:35: Top Ten Shootout
15:25-17:30: Race 3 (78 laps)
In today’s first of the two 125km races Jason was hoping to make the most of his starting position of 9th place. He was relegated to 12th early in the race and held on to finish in that same position. Race two was going to be tough work and Jason was more confident with his car heading into the second race. The challenge was starting from position 20 and making up a lot of ground. With most cars pitting early the Team BOC Commodore stayed out on the track trying to make up time in hopes they could take advantage of that during their pit stop. Mid race a safety car was called and Bright quickly took the opportunity to pit and made up a number of positions to rejoin the race in 10th. After gaining positions due to drivers making contact and another getting a flat tyre Jason finished the race in 5th position. Gaining a whopping 15 positions in today’s final race is a huge boost going into tomorrow’s 250km race.
“I was a bit disappointed with our first race, based on starting positions that was set to be our better chance for a good finish the two races. I thought we had a great package for the previous days and we just lost it a little in that first race. It was a little bit of a struggle. I was confident in our setup for the second race and we stayed out quite a long time trying to make up track position and it worked pretty well with the timing of the safety car. We came out of that race with good tyres however when Whincup had his tyre go at turn 8, I tried to missed Tander and hurt the right front. So we didn’t quite have the pace to get past those guys but we definitely had the pace to stick with them.”
“Tomorrow we need to qualify a bit better, that is going to be really important and I believe we’ll be in the Top 10 for the shootout. It’s a longer race so we’ve got to do full stints on the tyres and make the most of them. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
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Published: 28 February 2015.