Qualifying – Position: 19th – 1:11.4054 // Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen – 1:10.6544
Race 22 – 300kms – Finished: 12th // Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen
The Gold Coast heat was turned up for today’s 300km endurance race. With safety cars appearing multiple times during the race, the team was able to turn their tough qualifying session into a solid result. Andrew was caught up in a chaotic bottleneck of cars after a mid-pack accident, resulting in him being sent down the order. During another safety car, which fell right on the co-driver minimum lap window, the team pitted again and put Jason in the Team BOC Commodore.
Jason was reporting to the team that the pace was improving, and the team elected to pit him again under the same safety car for a splash of fuel, knowing this could save them time in the latter part of the race. Major contact between Tander and Coulthard saw the final safety car called with less than 10 laps remaining. When the racing resumed there were only two laps left to race. Jason continued to charge hard, passing Heimgartner on the final lap for 12th position. This was a worthy comeback on a hot and challenging day at the Gold Coast.
JASON: “Starting in the back of the pack made it tough today, qualifying has been a hard task here. Andrew got caught up behind a crash and unfortunately lost a bunch of positions. He worked hard to salvage what he could from that point and we had pace to move forward which was positive. I managed to pass a few guys, and I believe we could have caught a few more. We had the potential for a better finish today; we were close to the top ten there today. Considering where we qualified and where we were running early on in the race, it was a good comeback to finish where we did.”
Sunday 23rd October (Local Times)
9:35-9:55 - Qualifying
11:25-11:50 - Top Ten Shootout
14:25-16:55 - Race 23 - 300kms
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Published: 22 October 2016.