RED ROOSTER SUPER SPRINT SYDNEY - V8 SUPERCARS WRAP UP
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Team PAYCE takes home positives from the recent Sydney Supercars round
"It's always a confidence booster to get off on a good note with each round, and the Sydney Red Rooster SuperSprint Team PAYCE drivers, Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat in Supercars did just that and quickly got up to speed on the first day of practice on Friday with 4th and 7th fastest in the first session and then Scotty first into the 1:29s in topping the times in practice 2," PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said.
"Moffat improved on his first session time and was only 45/100ths of a second off the top time but unfortunately was pushed back to 15th before showers put paid to any further attempts to improve," continued Mr. Boyd
"Once again the times demonstrated how close the cars are this year with the first 21 cars separated by less than one second," Brian Boyd said.
Teams Were Caught out by the Track Conditions – Brian Boyd
With Friday's rain clouds blown over by Saturday, all teams were looking toward the short practice to complete the car setups in time for the qualifying session after lunch for race 18.
Brian Boyd of PAYCE said most teams were caught out by the track conditions since they last raced at the venue one year ago when Friday's practice sessions more than determined the tyre degradation levels would be a significant factor over the two days of racing on the soft tyres.
"However, practice 3 gave the team further encouragement with Scotty 3rd fastest and James right behind in 4th," said Brian Boyd.
"Qualifying was a tyre gamble for some teams with everyone conscious of the need to preserve tyres for the race," Mr. Boyd offered.
Mostert Tops the Qualifying Board – Brian Boyd
Mostert topped the board at the mid-point of the qualifying run and his team elected to sit out the rest of the session.
Scott and James continued the session with good quali pace and posted 8th and 16th fastest lap times. The Volvos both had good starts off the line and Scott settled in to 5th and James pushed into the top 10 before losing several places to finish in 12th position.
Volvos Deliver Their Best Joint Qualifying Result – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said the qualifying session on Sunday saw the Volvos deliver their best joint result, with Scotty qualifying 5th and James next to him on row 3 of the grid in 6th position.
"After an aborted start, both Volvos got away cleanly and, to the delight of the team and fans and myself, became engrossed in a battle between themselves for several corners before James came out best in 4th spot with Scott on his tail in 5th," Brian Boyd said.
Scott was first to head to the pits on lap 13 and then James on Lap 17 when he was race leader. As the racing positions settled and all scheduled pit stops were completed, Scotty was in 6th place and James in a respectable 9th.
James Went on a Fired Charge – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said James went on a fired charge and passed Scott and then Garth Tander to take control of the 5th spot.
The second round of pit stops changed the placings again and when the dust settled, Scott was in 5th and James back to 6th position.
In the last moments of the race, James made a bold move on Van Gisbergen that failed to come off, sending both cars spinning.
"That miscalculation cost James a drive-through and pushed him well down the field to an 18th finishing position, while Scott was able to hold onto a good result in 6th position," Brian Boyd said.
The Performances by Both Drivers was Fantastic – Brian Boyd
"The drive-through issue aside, the performances by both drivers was fantastic, especially that of James, who seems to have finally got to grips with the Volvo's quirks, just in time for the endures," finished Mr. Brian Boyd.
Go Team PAYCE!