Qualified: 14th – 1:10.8056s
Provisional Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen – 1:10.1125s
Top Ten Shootout
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:10.3744s
Race 26 – 300km/102 Laps
Winner: Chaz Mostert / James Moffat
It was a hot start to the first day of racing at the Gold Coast 600, with the sunshine state delivering their usual blue skies and plenty of trackside heat. Qualifying was first up on the agenda today, Tim narrowly missed out on getting the Freightliner Racing Commodore into the top ten shootout, with a mere tenth of a second being all that was between him and a spot in the shootout. The duo started the 300km race from 14th.
Ash got a solid start to the race and was sitting comfortably in 14th, when on lap 23 Will Brown made heavy contact with the wall in front of Ash, bringing out the one and only safety car of the race. Pit lane turned into a frenzy as teams looked to capitalise on the safety car. Ash pitted, however, upon leaving the pit box one of the rear wheels and brake rotor came off the Freightliner Racing Commodore. The team had to retrieve Ash from down pit lane, check for damage, replace the brake and wheel and get Ash back out on track; which they did on lap 26; still under safety car.
To rub salt into the wound, the team were penalised with a drive through penalty for an unsafe release. Ash pitted on lap 62 of the race, and Tim was set to drive it home for the remaining 40 laps. The car was fast in the final stints of the race, but it wasn’t enough to gain back any of the time lost. Tim and Ash finished in 21st.
Tim and Ash are eager to finish tomorrow’s final day of the Pirtek Endurance Cup on a high and will be working hard to get themselves those famous Gold Coast surfboard trophies. Qualifying, Top Ten Shootout and 300km race all on the agenda again for tomorrow.
THE WORD FROM ASH
“Despite the drama that we found ourselves in today, there are a couple of positives to take from today’s race. The car I had in my second stint and for Tim’s fight to the flag, it was the best it’s been all weekend. It was really nice to drive and it was fast. We were just as fast as the leader in those stints.”
“Knowing we have a fast car is a good thing to know heading into the final day here at the Gold Coast tomorrow. We definitely have something to work with and if we can unlock that little bit more tonight, there is no doubt we will be in a better spot tomorrow. Finding one tenth in qualifying would see us make the shootout, let’s see if we can tick that box and go from there.”
Sunday 21st October
10:20 – 10:40 – Qualifying
11:40 – 12:05 – Top Ten Shootout
14:25 – 16:50 – Race 27 – 300km/102 Laps
Published: 20 October 2018.