The second last day of racing this year has come to a close from The Bend, with two races rounding out the weekend.
Chaz leaves the Drivers’ Championship in fifth, as the Team are locked in a tight Teams’ Championship battle ahead of the final round.
Now, we prepare the cars in Adelaide for two weeks before the big one, the grand finale at Mount Panorama.
Chaz 8th, Bryce 18th
Chaz started from 10th, and Bryce 18th. Bryce got off to a flyer, up to 13th by the end of the first lap.
By lap three, it was chaos in the midfield with cars scrambling everywhere. Bryce got pushed into the back of Jack Le Brocq, which turned him infield. For that, Bryce was handed a 15-second penalty, just after he had taken his pit stop which meant it had to be served at the end of the race.
Chaz went longer, stopping mid-race again. By that time, he had made his way up to eighth.
After his stop, he pressured Jamie Whincup all the way to the flag, but once again, track position was king.
Chaz 6th, Bryce 13th
Both cars got away cleanly, sitting comfortably inside the 10.
Chaz was on the move early, but as he went to go around the outside of Courtney at turn 1, he got pushed wide, and dropped back to seventh.
Bryce was once again the first car to stop, while Chaz went to mid-race distance.
In the closing stages, Chaz got by Coulthard and Hazelwood to be fifth, but ran wide on the last lap which meant Van Gisbergen pushed him back to sixth.
Bryce just didn’t quite have the car balance to hang around in the top-10 late in the race, but still banked a solid haul of points for the team.
“A bit of a tough two weeks here for us. We probably went a little bit too conservative yesterday, but threw a lot more at it today.
“Happy with sixth there in the last race, that was the main result worth talking about, which was great because we worked hard to get the car there over the weekend.
“I’m looking forward to Bathurst now, hopefully we can head up to The Mountain and get one of those shiny things… and hopefully it’s on the top step.”
“The results were a little bit down on our expectations today, but to be honest, to be disappointed with qualifying seventh and then finishing 13th in my rookie year is actually pretty cool, and shows the direction we are headed as a team.
“We detuned the car a little bit for that final race, we are still working hard at it and leaning. Importantly, we are still finding positives along the way.
“We’ve got one more race meeting left, and it’s a good one, so I’m super excited to see what we can do there.”