IPSWICH COATES HIRE SUPERSPRINT - THE HIGHS AND LOWS FOR TEAM PAYCE WITH BRIAN BOYD
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
High hopes for the Wilson Security Racing GRM team going into the Ipswich weekend at the Queensland Raceway.
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said Queensland Raceway hosted exciting rounds of Supercars and Touring Car Masters over the weekend with some surprise results for some teams, while for others, including the Garry Rogers Motorsport team, it was less rewarding.
"One pleasant surprise for Garry Rogers was a birthday cake in the shape of one of the team race cars – something he said he had wished for over the past 72 years!," mused Mr Boyd.
"That helped make up for the frustration of the team in what was a disappointing result after putting in so much hard work in the first half of the season with the new cars."
Brian Boyd said that on a more positive note, John Bowe returned to the TCM winner's circle and again sits on top of the championship leaderboard in equal first place with three rounds remaining.
"Since the Winton crash, John has made a remarkable recovery and has not lost any of his enthusiastic spirit," said Brian Boyd.
The Wilson Security Racing GRM team had high hopes going into the Ipswich weekend after some good performances by Garth Tander and James Moffat in recent rounds.
"But this round did not deliver the same positives as the team continues with its development of the new Commodores," noted Brian Boyd.
"All race teams seemed happy to enjoy the fine, warm weather over the three days, especially those based down south where the temperatures are less comfortable this time of year.
"Track temperatures did play a role in performances, as did wind direction, but not to the same degree as at Townsville and earlier at Darwin," said Brian Boyd.
High hopes for GRM as the action hots up for Team PAYCE - Brian Boyd.
"For Team PAYCE, the action got underway with the Additional Drivers session on Friday to give its four co-drivers in the upcoming Pirtek Enduro Cup some track time in the cars they will share.
"James Golding and Richard Muscat were in the #33 and #34 Holden Commodores respectively from the GRM garage along with Macauley Jones in the #8 Nick Percat Commodore from Brad Jones Racing stable," noted Mr Boyd.
"David Wall returned from a great victory round in the Porsche Carrera Cup in Malaysia to swap his PAYCE/Wilson Porsche seat and get behind the wheel of the #15 Sengled Racing Nissan Altima he will share with Rick Kelly."
Brian Boyd said that with the focus on learning more about each car's characteristics - times were not critical.
"The co-drivers were also well aware of the need to return the cars intact for the main drivers' practice sessions to follow," said Brian.
"James Golding put in the quickest time of the quartet, but the times generally were similar over the half-hour session. The two GRM drivers and David Wall returned straight cars," said Brian Boyd - much to the relief of each team.
"Macauley was unlucky not to be able to complete a fast lap owing to an engine malfunction that subsequently required an engine change."
Brian Boyd said the two practice sessions for Supercars were disappointing for the GRM team with the times well down the order in both sessions.
"The team used most of the time available testing different settings without making a lot of progress," noted Brian Boyd.
"Garth had the best run that gave him 15th in session two, while James Moffat and James Golding, who was having his second wildcard appearance, were further back on the timesheets.
"Garth and Moff reported their cars felt good but just lacked the speed of the other quick teams. No one problem area stood out, and the team was frustrated at not being able to come up with the right combination," noted Mr Boyd.
"The team hoped Saturday's third practice session could produce improved times, but that did not eventuate despite the discussions between the drivers and engineers that followed Friday's runs," Brian Boyd commented.
"Session three saw little improvement and that left just qualifying to turn things around. Garth was getting the best from the #33 Commodore out of the three drivers, and on times was not that far behind the leaders," added Mr Boyd continuing.
"However, the Ipswich track being just over three kilometres long meant each fraction of a second was critical and a few tenths usually meant a huge difference in positions on the time sheets.
"Saturday's qualifying was short and hectic with many drivers baulked for a clear run on their good tyres. The GRM team made more changes but that had little impact on the previous day's times," stated Mr Boyd feeling the teams` frustration.
"At session end, Garth was the best out of the Team PAYCE drivers, with his time of less than a half-second off the fastest time which was set by Scott McLaughlin, putting him 17th on the grid, while James Golding was 25th and James Moffat 28th."
Brian Boyd said race one over 39 laps saw an improvement in Garth's fortunes, with the #33 Commodore taking him through the pack and up the order to finish just outside the top 10 in 11th spot.
"James' luck completely deserted him when a hit from Wood on the first lap resulted in a visit to the pits for extensive repairs and a finish near the end of the field in 28th spot.
"James Golding was also an innocent party to the incident and suffered a bent steering arm that meant he had to nurse his #31 car to the end for 24th place," added Mr Brian Boyd.
Scott McLaughlin led most of the race to come home in first place from Mostert and Van Gisbergen.
Brian Boyd said Sunday's qualifying session was further disappointment for the team with its cars lacking competitive pace and neither James nor Garth were able to repeat the form of recent rounds.
"Garth clocked 18th fastest time while James Moffat could only manage 25th fastest, placing him one spot behind James Golding," remarked Brian Boyd.
"Race two was over the longer distance of 65 laps and the GRM team had their fingers crossed that the two cars could turn things around in the race as they had in the past with good pit strategies," Brian Boyd stated.
"Garth was all set for a good result, working his way up to 12th position before pitting on lap 17 for his first mandatory stop. Soon after making his second pit stop on lap 35 he was back up to 14th position and travelling well for a top 10 finish," enthused Mr Boyd.
Brian Boyd observed "on lap 55, all the hard work came unstuck with a tyre failure that had him back in the pits in all but last place.
"A safety car intervention then was to work in his favour and over the remaining 12 laps Garth made it up to 15th place," said Brian Boyd, a very strong showing indeed.
"As it transpired, James Moffat had the best result of the three, and after a relatively quiet run throughout the race was able to finish a credible 14th, the best result for the team," said Brian Boyd continuing.
"James Golding improved several positions to finish 21st and over the weekend gained valuable experience that will no doubt be of benefit when he tackles the three endurance races in the coming months," noted Mr Boyd.
"For all the disappointment surrounding this round, noted Mr Boyd - "the GRM team will be hard at work over the next two to three weeks to come up with answers that result in a successful trip to Sydney Motorsport Park before taking on the first endurance race at Sandown.
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