COATES HIRE IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Ipswich SuperSprint Delivered Lots of Exciting Racing – Brian Boyd.
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the Ipswich SuperSprint delivered lots of exciting racing as was expected and apart from a brief shower on Saturday, the weather stayed sunny with some cloud cover through the weekend.
"The track was in good shape having had some safety upgrades in the form of new catch fencing, new tyre barriers, improved sand traps and fresh red paint on the control tower," Brian said.
Garth and James Deliver Consistent Performances for GRM - Brian Boyd
"For the Wilson Security Racing GRM team their fortunes appear to be taking a positive direction with both Garth and James giving consistent performances in both qualifying and the two races.
"While they are not yet where they want to be, the team's hard work is bringing positives and with the endurance races not far off, some podiums could be on the cards."
Track action for the Supercars got underway on Friday morning with the first practice session for Additional Drivers, that is, the co-drivers for the three rounds of endurance races coming up.
Brian Boyd said all co-drivers were in attendance save for GRM's Richard Muscat who was fulfilling an overseas GT racing commitment in Asia – in a Lamborghini no less, so who could blame him for not turning up.
"It was left to Chris Pither from GRM and Macauley Jones from BJR to fly the flag for Team PAYCE and they logged some valuable track time and respectable lap times, mindful that the cars would be back on the circuit later in the day in the hands of the regular drivers," Brian Boyd said.
Strategy Came to the Fore in Both Races on Saturday - Brian Boyd
"The practice sessions showed just how close the times are these days, with just 45 hundreds of a second separating James from the top time in the first session, a similar gap in session two and only 28 hundreds of a second in the third session. Despite that, his best time only put him 10th fastest.
"Qualifying on Saturday morning for the first of the two races saw Garth improving substantially over his practice times to book an 11th spot on the grid, while James was 19th, albeit only seven-tenths off the pole sitter, Scotty McLaughlin."
Brian said with the top times so close, strategy came to the fore in both races, Saturday's race was all about tyre selection and degradation and Sunday's race more of the same but also fuel loads.
"Race one or race 19 of the championship was 120 kilometres and Garth made up two positions before he pitted on lap 19. Unfortunately, Garth's car was beset with a couple of issues that pushed him down the order.
"First it was a fire in #33's engine which extinguished itself fairly quickly and then a problem with one wheel at the pit stop. To his credit, Garth was able to return to the circuit and still come home in the same position he started.
"James had a great start and quickly picked up a couple of positions before settling into a long battle with a couple of Nissans."
"He did well to finish 18th, confident he had good race pace for Sunday's race. Scott McLaughlin came out on top for yet another win to consolidate his championship lead," Brian Boyd said.
Sunday Racing Closing the Gap with Positive Results from Garth and James – Brian Boyd
"Sunday was a very fresh morning that developed into a typical warm Queensland winter's day.
"Sunday's qualifier was much of a repeat of Saturday – Scotty was fastest and Garth was 11th again, less than half a second slower. James was 19th, just three-tenths down on Garth's time.
"The Wilson Security GRM team proudly displayed their indigenous livery for the final time this year with special guest, Auntie Hazel and her family invited to the grid for the grid walk."
Brian said race two over 200 kilometres saw Garth and James off the blocks cleanly and by the end of lap one Garth was into the top 10 and moving forward. James did even better and improved four positions in that time.
"Shane van Gisbergen headed Scotty and that was where they finished. Meanwhile, Garth held his position in 8th after pitting and James was fighting off threats to hold onto 18th position," Brian continued.
"The final pit cycle moved the GRM cars around but Garth was able to repeat Saturday's performance and come home again in 11th with James just 10 seconds behind in 15th place, his best result this season."
Brian said Garry Rogers' team has certainly improved the cars' qualifying capabilities while maintaining race pace and it is showing in their results.
"They know too well the importance of qualifying so the next round in Sydney will be very interesting to say the least.
"That all happens on 3-4 August when Sydney Motorsport Park hosts its first night race – how exciting," Brian Boyd concluded.
Current Standings - Drivers Championship
|Garth Tander||13th (up 1 spot)|
|James Golding||23rd (up 1 spot)|
Current Standings - Teams Championship
|Wilson Security Racing GRM||8th|
Go Team PAYCE!