With Sunday’s results still fresh in our minds, it’s hard to believe that only twenty four hours earlier Craig Lowndes jumped out of a wrecked car #888 without a scratch on him.
The VF Holden Commodore however, wasn’t as fortunate. A rear tyre blow out at 241km/h sent the car hurling into the concrete walls resulting in significant damage, including a bent chassis.
Nevertheless, the all night repair job was worth its weight in gold with car #888, faultlessly hitting the track on Sunday, before taking home second place behind car #1 in Pukekohe’s 200km feature race.
Despite its performance on Sunday, chassis 036 is far from perfect. With Phillip Island only 9 days away, the Red Bull Racing Australia team are pulling out all the stops and bringing the 2014 championship winning chassis 037 out of early retirement.
“037 is due to be our spare chassis going into next year, so it’s good to build it now and we will use it until the end of the year. In the mean time 036 will be completely rebuilt to near new; it is after all the 2015 Bathurst winner! ” says Team Manager Mark Dutton.
Car #888 Lead Mechanic Matty Cook says there are some long days ahead. “We will be doing minimum fifteen to sixteen hour days up until Monday when the car has to go. It’s basically a shell with a wiring loom in it, it’s a big effort but completely do-able.”
After Saturday night’s record performance from the race team we have no doubts that car #888 will be back and better than ever at Phillip Island.