BORDER motorsport fans are booking their spot in front of the tele for the weekend with three contenders in the top 10 heading into today’s final practice and qualifying.
Brad Jones Racing cars finished at position six and eight after the three practice sessions yesterday.
But it was Bottle-O driver and Albury lad David Reynolds who flew the flag for the Border finishing the day as the third fastest car on the mountain.
Last year’s runner-up told The Border Mail’s Daryl Starr this morning he hoped to go one better.
Some comments from the drivers following yesterday’s racing.
“We had a massive transmission vibration coming down Conrod. I didn’t know what it was at that stage. Everything was shaking that much it was making me cough. Not good. I stopped as quickly as I could to minimise the damage. I’m just lucky it happened where it did because a few metres down the road and who knows what would have happened.
“The car’s been quick all day so any small improvement would see us looking very strong. We still had a set of greens to come in that session and I think we could have looked pretty good at the end of the day.
“I’m probably not as happy as I’ve been at other rounds and we’re right on the pace so that’s a very positive place to be. We’ve improved it a lot over the day. It’s still definitely edgy but it’s going to get better as the track comes up.”
Andrew Jones — co-driver
“The track temperature today was 55 degrees and it’s probably the hottest day we’ve had up here at Bathurst in a long while. Everybody up and down the pit lane will be saying their cars feel terrible because the track surface is so hot.
“Tomorrow’s going to be 19 degrees so the cars will probably feel good again but today’s track temp is similar to the forecast for Sunday so it’s more indicative of what we’ll get. If today’s anything to go by it’s going to be a slow race and a real battle to keep these things on the road!”
“The car was much better in the last session. We’ve gone from a totally unpredictable and none-confidence-inspiring car to something I can lean on and push. We’re still a fair way off doing a 2min 8.3 [today’s quickest time] but I can get confidence and push again so we’ll have something to work with in tomorrow’s practice sessions.
“In the first session today I was under driving a lot and had no confidence in the car. You can create so much damage so quickly around here so I took a laid back approach to the weekend. Now that it’s better I feel we can be a little bit more aggressive.”
Luke Youlden — co-Driver
“We’re definitely struggling with the rear grip. It affects you everywhere. It affects your confidence across the top but we’re quicker than car 8 there so maybe I’m being too conservative. We’re definitely slow in sectors one and two. We’re just finding the car really.
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