Auckland SuperSprint - Pukekohe Race Recap
4 Nov, 2018
Qualified: 15th – 1:03.1316s
Provisional Pole Position: David Reynolds – 1:02.6449s
Top Ten Shootout
Pole Position: Jamie Whincup
Race 29 – 200kms / 70 Laps
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
THE WORD FROM TIM
Tim achieved his best qualifying result at the Pukekohe circuit today, qualifying the Team CoolDrive Supercar in 15th position for what would be his final Supercar race at the New Zealand track.
Tim got a great start to the race but any chance of him bettering yesterdays’ charge forward was short lived. On the first lap he got hit at the hairpin by Winterbottom who was trying to make his way past Tim, in a gap that wasn’t quite there. The damage to the front of the Team CoolDrive Supercar required Tim to pit for repairs which sent him multiple laps down, effectively ending his race. In a race that saw no safety cars and every car finish, Tim crossed the line n 26th.
The Jason Richards Memorial Trophy was awarded to Scott McLaughlin.
The Supercars will land back on Australian shores at the end of the week; then the preparations will begin for the final round of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship – the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.
“It was pretty disappointing to have our race finish so soon after it started. I feel like Winterbottom saw a gap to pass me, but he wasn’t going to make it around the hairpin without hitting me. He somehow thought he’d try make it work but it’s taken me out in the process and broken my steering.”
“The guys and girls on the team did a great job to repair the CoolDrive car, but then you’re just out there circulating, trying to salvage minimal points. Not how we wanted to end our Pukekohe weekend.”
The 16th and final round of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
The Coates Hire Newcastle 500
23 – 25 November 2018
Newcastle Street Circuit, New South Wales
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 3656
2 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 3642
3 – Jamie Whincup - 3175
4 – Craig Lowndes - 3117
5 – David Reynolds - 2918
23 – Tim Blanchard - 1238