Sunday Debrief: Darwin Triple Crown

Published: 16 June 2024
A tough day in the office for the Team.
A tough day in the office for the Team.

Pictured: A tough day in the office for the Team.

It was a tough Sunday for the Team with Ryan Wood and Chaz Mostert, with Chaz finishing 17th and Ryan 24th today.

Our new tyre challenges weren’t solved this morning, struggling with one lap pace meaning it was going to be a slog from the back again.

It was a strong start to the race with both drivers blitzing forward in the opening laps, each up five positions.

An incident on lap two caused a safety car, and in what can only be described as a chaotic restart, Ryan got handed a pit lane penalty. Before that was handed out however, he got spun off the road by Matt Payne, all but ending any possible result.

A cross threaded nut in the pit stop cost Chaz a few positions on track, which put him back further than anticipated after the stop.

Without the same electric pace the Mobil 1 Optus Racing No. 25 had yesterday, Chaz crossed the line P16.

It’s been a tough Sunday, but the focus turns to the NTI Townsville 500 for Round 6 of the Supercars Championship. There is a lot of work to be done before then, so it’s back to base in Clayton where we will turn the cars around to come out swinging in Townsville.

Chaz Mostert

“Definitely not the weekend we were looking forward to. The race car probably wasn’t as strong today as what we had yesterday, but it was also always going to be tougher today to move forward.

“We just didn’t get our heads around that quali pace this weekend on the supersoft, so we’ve got some work to do there as a team – but that’s exactly what we will do.

“See you up north in Townsville.”

Ryan Wood

“Pretty rough weekend for us as a team, definitely not the results we were looking for, pretty guttered.

“The SuperSoft tyre didn’t suit our car add in a couple dramas on track after being spun and getting a pit lane penalty, it didn’t go our way.

“Looking forward to bouncing back at the NTI Townsville 500, I know the boys and girls at WAU will be working really hard to get the cars back up front where they deserve to be.”