TEKNO Autosports had a tough weekend at the Chill Perth 360 at Barbegallo Raceway over the weekend, with consistency being the key to gaining some good points.
With the Perth based circuit notoriously hard on rubber, car set up was extremely important to ensure that the soft tyres lasted the distance.
Despite the rules for the weekend not requiring pit stops, the majority of teams – TEKNO included – elected to pit for new rubber during Sunday’s longer races, to maintain the high pace throughout the race.
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods’ Shane van Gisbergen clawed his way back from a slow start to the weekend to have good race pace and score a solid haul of points.
Shane began the weekend with the 24th fastest time in practice two, before improving to 15th in practice 3. He qualified 11th for Race 10, finishing Saturday’s 60/60 split sprint race in 9th position.
On Sunday he improved in qualifying, starting Race 11 tenth and Race 12 ninth. Strong racing and confident passing from Shane throughout the warm Perth afternoon saw him finish seventh and sixth respectively. This consistent showing scored Shane a large number of championship points, elevating him to fifth position, behind Whincup, Davison, Lowndes and Bright.
“We worked out the direction to improve the car as the weekend progressed, but I didn’t really nail qualifying,” said Shane, reflecting on the weekend.
“I was a lot happier with today [Sunday]. Annoyed at myself that I made a mistake in race 12 and lost 5th place, but, happy to have finished the weekend 5th in the points. Texas next! Looking forward to that one.”
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea driver Jonathon Webb struggled with getting car set-up right throughout the weekend, with traction out of corners compromising drive.
Jonathon started the weekend in 20th in practice, before qualifying 18th for Race 10. A tough race saw Jonathon move up to 16th position, however an altercation with Garth Tander saw him penalised 15 championship points.
Sunday again dawned bright and clear, with Jonathon qualifying 23rd for race 11 and 22nd for Race 12. Race long battles with tyres and grip meant that Jonathon struggled to move through the pack. He finished race 11 22nd and race 12 19th.
“The new car is a bit of a handful on track,” said Jonathon. “Perth certainly isn’t my favourite race track, and we found some gains but it was certainly a tough weekend. I’m very glad to be moving on to Texas. The Circuit of the Americas looks amazing.”
Following the weekend in Perth, Shane van Gisbergen sits fifth and Jonathon Webb 11th on the Championship points ladder. TEKNO remains fifth in the Teams Championship.