Live Diary: Sunday in Darwin 2018

1600 Let’s see what the drivers thought post-race:

Jamie Whincup – Car #1
Qualifying – Seventh (Fastest Time: 1:05.8842)
Top Ten Shootout – Third (Lap Time: 1:05.9201)
Race 2 – Third 
ChampionshipFifth (1,342 points)

“Today the car wasn’t much better in qualifying but it certainly was a little bit better – the big gain was the shootout lap to get us up to the second row of the grid. Qualifying here is really important because of the heat so that set up our day but unfortunately I got swamped at turn one. We had a great pit stop strategy, (Race Engineer, David) Cauchi did an amazing job to get us back up and basically his strategy got us the podium. We had the pace for second but I unfortunately stalled in the pits and dropped back a spot. All in all I’m pretty happy with how we ran across the weekend and also happy that we just kept improving from the start of the weekend to the end.”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Qualifying – 11th (Fastest Time: 1:05.8999)
Top Ten Shootout – N/A
Race 2 – Fourth 
ChampionshipSecond (1,614 points)

“In qualifying today, the gap to the leader was the same, we didn’t move forward but everyone else did so that meant we missed the shootout – I haven’t missed a shootout for a few years straight so that’s a real shame. Then in the race, we had good speed again but we were just too far back and got stuck behind people. Fourth position was the best we could do; we lost too much and got stuck in traffic. The guys and girls did a good job, we stayed in clean air and had a good strategy. We just need to fix qualifying, we can’t make the tyre work as good as the other guys can, we need to put all of our resources and knowledge into making qualifying better because our race cars are as good as any. It’s been a trend the last three or four rounds and, on our side, we need to get better at that.”

1530 That’s a wrap on our 200km sprint… J-Dub takes his first podium since Tasmania. SVG charges up the field to finish fourth. A race full of action including oil drama, a safety car and some epic strategy.

1330 J-Dub is lining up in P3. SVG starts from P11. Let’s do this boys.

1300 It’s nearly go time…

2018 Supercars Championship Round 7. Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, Hidden Valley, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Friday 15th June to Sunday 17th June 2018. World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz Photographer Ref: Digital Image DSC_3378.NEF

1110 Top Ten Shootout complete:

0950 Woah, for the first time since 2012, SVG has missed out on the Top 10 Shootout as he comes through P11 by a tenth of a second. That’s an incredible streak come to an end. J-Dub does a great stint and goes P7 to make the Top 10 Shootout. Stand by.

0925 Time for a qualifying session… J-Dub heads straight out while SVG hangs in pit lane for a few laps, heads out last.

0730 The early bird gets the worm

0710 Nothing like warming up with a pit stop practice…!