That’s a wrap from The Bend, and Round 4 of the 2021 Supercars Championship, with two races today.
Next stop, Winton.
All hell broke loose on lap 1 when Slade was pushed wide, and as he came back on the track, Chaz had to take avoiding action, when resulted in he and Cam Waters coming together.
Both the left front and left rear arms were damaged in the accident. The boys did a great job to get it repaired, but just missed the minimum laps required to be classified as a finisher.
Bryce avoided the carnage, dropping a few spots, but then put his head down and took off.
He ran long, one of the last cars to stop, and then pressed on late to move up to sixth, pushing the two cars in front all the way to the flag.
Kurt also made his way through the field, after starting from 24th. In clear air, he was on the charge forward, but lost a little car balance when in traffic. For his first real session in the dry, it was a great performance.
Chaz rounded out the weekend with a top-five finish, a nice reward for the entire team after their efforts between races to get Car 25 back on the grid. It was a lot less eventual than the previous race, with Chaz settling into fifth early on in the race, and remaining there late.
Bryce’s race was put on the back foot after a lock up caused tyre damage, dropping him outside of the 10 before his first stop. Like most of the field, that’s where he remained for the closing stages.
Kurt was pushing hard in a battle pack, before a 15-second penalty for contact dropped him to the rear of the field.
“Not as good of a day today as yesterday, that first race was a shocker getting caught up in that incident on the first lap.
“A big thank you to the team for getting the car fixed, they were amazing between races, was awesome to see.
“Fifth was about all we had in the last race unfortunately, just couldn’t quite bridge the gap to the cars up front, so we will go back and have a think about where we need to improve, but I’m really excited to get to Winton and have a crack.
“Thanks to everyone for their support, was nice to see so many WAU fans at the track over the weekend.”
“A lot better day today.
“We found an issue overnight which we didn’t know about during Saturday, which instantly made the car better, and made me feel a lot more comfortable.
“I probably left a little bit on the table in qualifying because of the brake issue we had yesterday, but it was great to get some solid race starting positions.
“Race 1 of the day was a lot better, we were able to show what the car was capable of, but the car wasn’t as happy in the second one, not helped by the lock up and tyre damage.
“Still, a lot more positive of a weekend for us, looking forward to Winton now.”
“Tough finish in the last one for us but some positives to take from the first race today.
“We’ve learnt a lot over the weekend, got a heap to think about, and it will definitely help us before Darwin.
“A big thank you to the team for all their help, definitely feels like home and I’ve got some good people in my corner.”