The Darrell Lea STIX team has finished the Perth SuperSprint weekend with mixed results after a strong start in first of the Saturday sprint races.
“We had a strong qualifying and race for the 1st of Saturday’s sprints finishing fourth but really struggled in Q2 and the second race as we opted to run with the same tyres”.
This was part of our team strategy said Shane Van Gisbergen, “With double points on offer we now have an extra set of tyres in the bank for tomorrows race which provides us with more options.”
The Darrell Lea STIX car started Sunday’s Race 9 in P9 but a poor start saw the number 97 lose a couple of positions off the start line. Shane van Gisbergen fought hard in the 83 lapper, charging through the field to P4 on the soft tyre.
A safety car mid-way through the race hurt the team’s strategy which saw SVG finishing in 14th place.
“Unfortunately the safety car came out at a terrible time for us which kept us from the top 5. Nothing we can really do about that and there’s no point dwelling about it. We head to Winton in 2 weeks and we were pretty good there last year, I’m looking forward to that.” said Shane van Gisbergen.
The TEKNO Darrell Lea STIX car will next be on track at the Winton SuperSprint from May 15-17.