Barbagallo Race Report …


It was great to be racing in Perth and to see such an enormous crowd turn up for the event. 


With the facilities being upgraded, this event will become bigger each year.


The weekend’s racing would use the combination of the control and sprint tyres, with the control tyre used on Saturday and sprint tyres on Sunday. 


We also reverted back to the 3 race format, with one race on Saturday and two races on Sunday, with only one pit stop needed in each race.


On Friday both Lee and Robbo ran in practice sessions 1 and 2 which the crew used the sessions as an opportunity to set up the car for the weekend.


The weekend looked promising after practice 3 with Lee and Robbo both in the top 4.


In practice 4 we did not use any green tyres as many others did and our end position was not really relevant to our car speed.


We were confident heading into qualifying on Saturday morning. 


We were not to run our times in qualifying as competitively as prior sessions.  Both cars produced quick laps early but were not able to reproduce the speed at the conclusion of the session with Lee starting from 11th and Robbo 13th.


Race 7 Lee and Robbo ran together all race and had a number of good battles to come home in 12th and 16th respectively.


Not really what we had travelled to Perth for!!


Cookie, our travelling chef put on a parma night that will be talked about for months.


There wasn’t a chicken flapping its wings within 500kms of Barbagallo as they all laid prostrate on Cookie’s dinner plates. They must have chickens as big as cows in W.A as these parma’s were huge!!


A big thank you from all the crew for Cookie’s catering prowess over the weekend, but if we get offered one more f#&$ing apple there will be serious tears!!


Sundays qualifying had most scratching there heads with V8 Supercars new formula for qualifying on Sunday. 


The fastest time set by each driver in Sunday’s qualifying would give the drivers their starting position for the first race of the day (Race 8 of the V8 Supercars Championship) and their second fastest time will be their starting position for the second race of the day (Race 9).


We were not able to get the most out of cars during the qualifying session with Lee qualifying 10th and 12th and Robbo 19th and 22nd.


Also not we came to Perth for!!


The start of race 8 would see a huge crash on the start line between Karl Reindler, who stalled on the grid, and Steve Owen who careered into the back of him at over 150 km which erupted into a large fire ball.


It was fortunate to see both boys walk away from the inferno with only minor injuries. 


Robbo was just behind the stalled Reindler car but was able to avoid the collision.


The race restarted after a lengthy red flag and cleanup.


With such a short track and running 56 second laps times the 50 lap race was over before we knew it.


Running with the soft tyres the race was about looking after your tyres and those that pitted later appeared to gain an advantage. 


With a number of cars charging through the pack late in the race, Lee would finish 9th and Robbo 18th.


The afternoon race (race 9) would again see Lee and Robbo racing around closely together. Robbo would finish just in front Lee in 17th place and Lee in 18th.


Our crew has been working hard on improving our pit stops and this is starting to show with a number of great stops from the boys over the weekend.


We stayed on in Perth for a couple of days to run sponsor ride days. 


It is great to see everyone at these days as it is always nice to be able to give our sponsors and their guests a closer insight to the workings of our team.


We are heading to Winton on Tuesday the 10th of May to test prior to our next round there, 20th -  22nd May.


Greg Ritter and Marcus Marshall will be joining the test to cut a few laps in preparation for the upcoming enduro’s.


We look forward to seeing you all at Winton.


Regards


Garry