Sunday didn’t bring a change of fortunes for Mobil 1™ HSV Racing, resulting in a weekend we would like to forget.
Qualifying saw Scott Pye put car #2 on P12 for the 200km race, but unfortunately for James Courtney, he was unable to find the car balance he had hoped for, qualifying in 20th.
Scott’s pace in the first two stints was positive. The car looked after it’s tyre well, and he was making up spots towards the second half of each stint.
He was slowed down in the final 20 laps by a vibration in the front end under breaking.
He muscled the car to P14 for the afternoon. While it wasn’t the result he or the team were chasing, he did well to selvage it.
After a more positive result was on the cards, JC’s day went from bad to worse with three laps to go.
After climbing to 13th in the final stint thanks to being the sixth quickest on track, a refuelling issue at the second stop meant he had to come in and add extra fuel to get the minimum fuel drop required.
That put him back in 22nd, where he went on to finish.
Overall, it was a disappointing weekend. One where we didn’t have the car speed or balance required.
Everyone will be heads down over the next week and a half to ensure the results at Winton are better.
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FROM THE BOSSES DESK
“That was definitely a weekend to forget. I feel like I want to men in black to come in with the memory eraser.
“It was a really tough one. No one is hurting more than the boys, especially with the short turnaround from the last event everyone has been putting big hours in.
“To have a weekend like that is really disappointing. We know for the fans it hurts, but believe us no one is hurting more than us.
“The important thing is that we learnt a fair bit, Scotty’s car was genuinely fast in the first and second stint.
“Sometimes when it rains it pours, we just need to make sure we learn from the errors and have a bit of good luck. We need to move forward together.”