Motorsport is a cruel mistress, and TEKNO were taught a lesson by her today. After the highs of a podium and top-ten double yesterday, we sunk to a very low point with a DNF for Shane and Jeroen, and a hard fought, but disappointing 17th for Jonathon and Marc.

The day started poorly for the team, with a lack of pace in qualifying hampering our efforts to improve on yesterday’s result. Shane’s best lap saw him start from 12th on the grid, whilst Jonathon battled a mysterious handling issue to start from p24.

It’s hard around the street of Surfers Paradise at the best of times, but even harder when you’re running in the mid-pack and beyond.

From the first lap, we knew it was going to be tough. Marc was unfortunately caught up with a spinning David Brabham in the #47 Mercedes, which meant he had to come to a complete stop and select reverse before he was able to continue. He did brilliantly to catch up to the pack, but it was evident that something in the car was broken after that incident, and the handling was negatively affected for the remainder of the race. Marc did a very long stint, in excess of 50 laps, before handing over the Jonathon for the run to the flag. The best Jonathon could manage was to hold position, with the chassis issue stopping his desire to thrust through the field. They would end the day in 17th position.

Shane and Jeroen’s race started far less spectacularly, with Jeroen running his stint on old tyres, to save the good rubber for later in the race. Despite this, he showed great pace and was able to hand the car to Shane in good shape and ready for a typical SVG attack through the field. SVG latched onto the bumper of Craig Lowndes, and they ran nose to tail for many laps, making their way forward until Scott Pye made an error at the turn one chicane as he was exiting pit lane, leaving SVG nowhere to go but straight into his rear end. It destroyed the front of the Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods Holden, and ended our race. It was a massive come-down from yesterday, when Shane and Jeroen were standing on the podium with their brand new surfboards, but that is motor sport!

Team TEKNO remain in fifth position in the Team’s Championship on 3751 points, whilst Shane van Gisbergen is 7th in the Driver’s Championship on 2052 and Jonathon Webb 12th on 1659.

Our next race sees us travel to Phillip Island in Victoria on November 22-24 for the penultimate race of the 2013 season.

How they saw it:

Jonathon Webb
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Race 31 Finishing Position: 17th

“Qualifying as far back as we did it was always going to be a tough race, Marc got caught up in everyone’s stuff, which is pretty typical when you start that far back, but he pushed on and did a good job. I’m really pleased with everything Marc has done for us over the last three rounds, I wouldn’t change having him for anything. We just haven’t had the car this weekend, and certainly didn’t have the car during the race, and we were so far behind the 8-ball by the time I got in the car that we sat back, and if anyone fell off we’d grab some points, but really that’s as far forward as we were going to go. We’ve only got two more rounds to go, and we’re dropping a bit further behind than I wanted to, but we’ll see what happens at Phillip Island. New surface, new track, so it will be something different. We’ll see what happens there, and then Homebush is usually a good one for us, so hopefully we can grab some points there and finish on a high ”

Marc Lieb
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Race 31 Finishing Position: 17th

“It was another tough day in the office. I had a pretty good start, but Brabham had a spin, and he was right in the way. I couldn’t go anywhere. There was a car left, a car right and he was straight in front of me, so I had to stop, and reverse back. Then driving to catch the pack was good, fighting for position and I passed a few people. Then we pitted under safety car, and we had an issue with the car. Maybe something broke when I hit Brabham, I’m not sure, but it was our main problem for the day. It was a disappointing day. I enjoyed the experience with TEKNO a lot, it’s just a shame we couldn’t get the results we wanted. This is the disappointing thing. Hopefully I will be able to come back, we’ll make it better, and get better results. I definitely enjoyed the three races, it was a wonderful experience, probably one of the best I’ve had in my racing career. Especially Bathurst, and the Gold Coast again too. I’m very familiar with the team, and it’s always nice to come to Australia.”

Shane van Gisbergen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
Race 31 Finishing Position: DNF

“Jeroen had really good pace, staying with the guys around him, especially considering the quality of the tyres he was running on. I jumped in, and we had good pace, but I don’t think our strategy was right. Then a guy came out of the pits, and made a mistake. He came and apologised, but unfortunately it ruined our day. I wish it had been the other way around, with a bad result yesterday and a good one today, but we did pretty good yesterday. But unfortunately now we have a rooted car. I like the Phillip Island track, so hopefully we can do well there and put on a good show.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
Race 31 Finishing Position: DNF

“I had a really good time today, I had really good pace on old tyres, which I didn’t know at the time, but found out later! So I was happy with that. It was a tough race, for sure, one of the toughest I’ve been involved in. This place is very hard on cars, and I felt that we would have a good result again, as Shane was driving very fast. But, it wasn’t to be and he got caught up with another driver and had a crash. But we had a great result yesterday, and I get to go home with a beautiful surfboard! I’ve really enjoyed my time in Australia, driving for TEKNO with Shane. The highlight is certainly the 2nd place yesterday, but Bathurst is spectacular. For sure, I would love to come back. Hopefully next year!”