A HAUL OF GREAT RESULTS FOR TEAM PAYCE AT PHILLIP ISLAND
- Phillip Island Raceway, VIC.
Phillip Island V8 Supercars and the V8 Dunlop Series rounds demonstrate outstanding results
This year's Phillip Island V8 Supercars and the V8 Dunlop Series rounds demonstrated exceptional outcomes from the five Team PAYCE drivers and their teams competing across five races of this iconic event.
V8 Dunlop Series
A well-represented Team PAYCE continues into the 2016 V8 Dunlop series with James Golding and Richard Muscat in the GRM team and Macauley Jones in the Brad Jones Racing team.
The young Team PAYCE drivers arrived fresh at Phillip Island intent on adding to the admirable results garnered at the 2016 series' opening round in Adelaide where all three drivers qualified in the Top 10.
Great to see the young drivers pushing hard in mixed conditions – Brian Boyd
The practice and qualifying sessions did not disappoint with each of them appearing in the Top 10 again. Macauley pushed hard in practice to record 4th fastest with James the highest in qualifying, also with a 4th fastest time. Richard completed qualifying in 6th and Macauley 8th. Light showers came and went in the sessions, moderately narrowing the opportunities for the drivers on track.
Race 1 underway, James defended his 2nd position into the first turn and drove a well-controlled race to the end. The Safety Car was deployed at lap 6, bringing the field together and adding some pressure for James. James held position to the finish. Macauley was unfortunate with a spin on lap 4 which pushed him to the back of the field. Richard was very lucky not to be entangled with spinning cars and he drove a tenacious race to a well-deserved 6th place. Macauley pushed hard after his off and regained several positions to finish 15th.
Race 2 saw James on the front of the grid. He led into the first corner of the Phillip Island circuit and was never threatened, going on to record his first win of the 2016 season. James' winning margin was a comfortable four seconds. Macauley drove a good race to again pick up three positions from his grid start and finish in12th position. Richard attracted the bad luck in this race with an unfortunate off into the gravel trap after racing in the Top 5. A pit for fresh rubber and swift repairs to the car saw Richard finish at the back of the field, though Richard's racing tenacity had him pushing to the very end.
James had pole for this race but was just nudged out of the lead on lap 2 by Jacobson. James kept the pressure up and was never seriously challenged for that position, crossing the line in 2nd place. Macauley had some good battles that ultimately placed him into the Top 10 in 9th spot, being a welcomed result for the team. Richard had to fight from the rear of the field, but his solid driving through the mid field pack was rewarded with him achieving 10th place before running wide at turn 1 and losing his hard-fought positions. He came home with an 18th place finish.
Brian Boyd congratulates GRM team and drivers on Phillip Island results.
Brian Boyd complimented James Golding on his outstanding drives that gave him three podiums, including the win in race 2.
"James has great potential and is obviously benefiting under the guidance of Garry Rogers. He also has the benefit of working in the GRM workshop and even crewing on Scott's Volvo," said Brian Boyd.
"Richard and Macauley have also shown they can mix it up the front of the field, so the season is shaping up to be a cracker as both Garry and Brad have given their young chargers some great equipment for the series," continued Mr. Boyd.
The next round of the V8 Dunlop Series is in Perth on 6-8 May 2016.
|James Golding||2nd (up 1)|
|Macauley Jones||10th (n/c)|
|Richard Muscat||14th (up 5)|
Go Team PAYCE!