BRIAN BOYD WRAPS UP THE WATPAC TOWNSVILLE 400 - 2017
- Townsville, Queensland.
Great Battles and Exciting Racing in Townsville for the Supercars - Brian Boyd
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said this year's rounds of Supercars and Super2 at Townsville's Reid Park circuit delivered some great battles and exciting racing, with the Team PAYCE drivers producing some impressive performances over the weekend.
"Unfortunately, not everyone escaped unscathed, but the Team PAYCE drivers who were caught up in the biff and barge were able to recover and end the weekend smiling," Boyd said.
James Moffat and Garth Tander Keen to Get Behind the Wheel - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said both James Moffat and Garth Tander were very positive upon arrival and keen to get behind the wheel of their cars on a track they know well and have had some success at in the past.
"With no relevant carry-over data from the Volvo era, the engineers made an educated guess on initial settings and liaised closely with the drivers through the sessions to refine spring rates, ride height etcetera," Mr. Boyd said.
"Garth in particular found pace quickly in practice one and finished the session 7th fastest and 11th fastest in practice two, while James and his crew focussed on set-ups in both sessions to record 14th and 19th fastest times.
The Saturday Qualifier was a bit of a Lottery - Brian Boyd
"Saturday's 15 minute qualifier for the 200 kilometre race in the afternoon was a bit of a lottery to get a clean run and by the end of the session, both boys found themselves mid field despite an improvement in their practice times," offered Brian Boyd.
"James reported he didn't feel he got the most out of the session, with the changes not giving him the gains he wanted.
"Once again, the times were extremely tight, with the exception of Scott McLaughlin's top time, with less than six-tenths of a second separating the next 21 cars," Brian Boyd said.
Garth and James Make Good Starts from the Mid Field- Brian Boyd
"From grid positions 13 and 17, both Garth and James made good starts in the 70 lap race, but were caught up in a multi-car crash as the field bunched up in turn one that saw Garth's #33 Commodore sustain panel damage, mainly to the front guard.
"James was also involved and incurred a 15 second penalty added to his race time for his role in the incident," Brian Boyd recalls.
Brian Boyd noted Garth recovered well and was able to work his way up to 5th place before taking his first compulsory pit stop at lap 19.
"He eventually finished in the top 10 with a well-deserved 8th place after clocking some good lap times," Boyd said.
"Congratulations to Scott McLaughlin on a great drive and a convincing winner from Whincup and Winterbottom," Mr. Boyd offered.
#33 and #34 GRM Cars are Consistently Displaying Good Race Pace - Brian Boyd.
Brian Boyd said both the #33 and #34 GRM cars are consistently displaying good race pace and improving with every round.
"Their set-ups of late have been kind on tyre wear and this has given the team the option to keep the cars out longer before pitting," Boyd asserted.
"Unfortunately, the competition keep improving as well and the goal posts keep shifting as many of the other teams also find extra tenths of a second in lap time."
Eagerly Awaited Top 10 Shoot Out on Sunday - Brian Boyd
Sunday's qualifier was eagerly awaited as it would determine the starters in the popular Top 10 Shoot out and set the field for the final race of the round.
Brian Boyd said Garth was quick to bank a good time and hovered around in the middle of the top 10 times before finishing with a time that put him into the shootout in 9th spot.
"James put in a couple of good laps but could not quite match Garth.
"His 16th fastest time was less than one-tenth of a second off securing him a top 10 spot, which was frustrating for the team, although in a positive vein, encouraging if they can just find those allusive couple of tenths of a second in lap times," Brian Boyd commented.
Garth was second onto the track for the shootout but not overly confident of improving his position as he was one of only two drivers not to have the benefit of a set of green tyres for the run. As it turned out, he started race two in the same position he qualified in.
Race 2 Delivers Best Result for the Weekend - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said race two was to give the team the best result for the round with both cars off the line well and improving their positions by a couple of spots with Garth up to 8th and James up four positions to 12th by the end of lap one.
"By lap 10 they were both in the top ten and by the end of lap 18 they found themselves running second and third as other cars pitted for mandatory stops to take on fuel and tyres," Mr. Boyd enthused.
"After taking their stops on lap 20 and lap 23, they worked their way through the field on fresh tyres and were back in the top 10 by lap 30," Boyd continued.
James led the field briefly for lap 43 and 44 as the second rounds of pit stops played out before peeling off to pit lane. By lap 48 both Garth and James were up to 6th and 7th spots which they held for the remaining 12 laps to the finish.
Garth was a Chance to Reign in Mostert - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said Garth was a chance to reign in Mostert for another spot towards the end and was right on his rear bumper for the last couple of laps, but decided not to risk a pass.
Whincup did a great job to keep McLaughlin at bay with Van Gisbergen third.
Congratulations to the GRM Team in Townsville 2017 - Brian Boyd
"Congratulations go to the GRM team for some great strategy and pit stops. The pit stop practice sessions are certainly paying off," Brian Boyd said.
"Two top 10 finishes for James (if you don't count the 15 minute penalty) and a convincing 6th place for Garth were good results to take away," finished Brian Boyd.
The Wilson Security Racing GRM team also retains its 4th place in the Teams Championship. The next round is the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint on 28-30 July 2017.
|Wilson Security Racing GRM||4th|
Go Team PAYCE!