Sunday at the Coates Hire Ipswich 360 will be remembered for spectacular tyre failures, changeable weather conditions and surprise results. Youngsters Scott McLaughlin and Chaz Mostert took the race wins, with Mostert’s his first in the main series.
Front left tyres take a punishing around the testing Queensland Raceway circuit, and the Dunlop soft tyre succumbed to the pressure, with a number of front runners, including championship leader Jamie Whincup, having blow-outs that cost them quality results in Race 24.
There was no dominant team across the weekend, and engineers up and down pit lane were left scratching their heads, searching for answers in their quest for speed.
Team TEKNO had a frustrating day, with our engineers equally baffled as to why our promising speed in testing at this venue last week has not translated into race pace.
Sunday brought changeable weather conditions, with intermittent rain across the day providing greasy conditions for the final race of the day.
Two 15-minute qualifying sessions in the morning ended with SVG starting Race 23 12th and Race 24 13th. Jonathon would start 23rd and 18th respectively.
Race 23 was a scrappy affair, with Shane pushed off the circuit early in the race due to an altercation with Lee Holdsworth, dropping him to p25. He pitted for fresh tyres, and then fought valiantly for the remainder of the race to finish p17.
Jonathon’s race was less eventful, and he managed to improve across the race, finishing 15th – a gain of nine positions from his starting place.
The start of Race 24 was interesting due to low-grip conditions after rain showers earlier in the afternoon. The track had dried sufficiently for slicks, and with Jonathon and Shane again hoping to improve on their qualifying efforts.
Shane struggled throughout the 32-lap affair, however he was consistent, kept the car on the circuit and as others fell off he took advantage, to finish 11th.
Jonathon’s race was more complex, thanks to an off-circuit excursion after a blown engine in Tim Blanchard’s #18 DJR Falcon. Jonathon finished the race in 14th position, after what could have been a top ten result went begging.
TEKNO leaves Queensland Raceway in fifth position on the Teams Championship ladder, with Shane seventh and Jonathon tenth in the drivers’ standings.
Car #19, Jonathon Webb, Team TEKNO Darrell Lea:
“It doesn’t seem to be getting much better at the moment. Obviously Townsville wasn’t where we wanted to be, and we worked pretty hard to turn it around this weekend, but it wasn’t to be. At the end of the day, we finished better than where we started, and gradually went forward, but we just had no car speed. Thankfully today we didn’t have any issues, stayed on the track and made up some positions that way.”
Car #97, Shane van Gisbergen, Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods:
“We were just slow. I felt like I spent the day with my hand out the window waving people through. We had no car speed at all. We were just too slow. I don’t really know what the issue is, the car felt fine, we were just slow.”
TEKNO Team Manager, Bruce Jenkins:
“It’s been a really frustrating weekend. We’ve shown some pace at times, but there is some investigating to do when we get back to the factory to find out where we lost our speed from the last weekend. We’ve gone from being quite strong to a mediocre weekend, and there has to be a reason why. We’ll explore that, and we’ll bounce back at Winton.”