The first day of the Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint is in the books, with the first of three races completed.
With two compounds of tyre on offer, but not enough soft tyres for all three races, strategy was a deciding factor, with the Team opting to take some pain today, with an eye on two races tomorrow.
Sunday sees two back-to-back qualifying sessions in the morning, followed by two 32 lap races to finish the round.
Both cars were lighting quick on the hard tyre, advancing through to the Top-15 shootout without using a set of the softs.
At the end of stage two, Chaz was fifth, and the fastest runner on hard tyres, with Bryce ninth, the third fastest on hard tyres.
In the shootout, Chaz continued with the hard tyre strategy, putting him in 13th, the first on the hard tyre, while Bryce, who switched to the soft-tyre for one lap, was 10th.
Both cars ran the hard compound tyre for all 32-action packed laps around Sydney Motorsport Park under lights.
Bryce jumped out of the blocks well, moving into ninth, while Chaz didn’t get the start he wanted, dropping back to 17th.
Bryce stopped reasonably early on lap 10, changing the two outside tyres, before setting off after some clear air.
No matter what Chaz did he couldn’t find any track space, locked up in a freight-train for the opening stanza.
Car No. 25 went long, not coming in until lap-18. The boys in the lane set the fastest stop of the race, changing the outside tyres in 3.6 seconds.
From there, both cars found themselves in the battle of the race, with Chaz finding a way by Hazelwood, Reynolds and Pye in the last handful of laps to be P11, with Bryce just behind in P15.
“Pretty crazy race didn’t quite get the start I wanted, but I trucked along during the race.
The car had pretty good tyre life, but I struggled with racing pace to get past the cars around me.
“We stuck to our strategy with what we planned to do, so overall I’m pretty happy with 11th considering what we did today, without giving too many secrets away… so bring on tomorrow.”
“Had a bit of a tough race today trying to conserve our tyres for tomorrow. We had a pretty good qualifying car today, we had some big swings at the car through practice and it made it pretty sporty.
“I didn’t put together a good lap in the shootout which I was unhappy about, going between the compounds I’m still learning about.
“We got a really good start in the race, we just need to make the car look after its tyres a little bit more over the stint for tomorrow.”