The 2015 V8 Supercars season has got off to a rollercoaster of a start for Red Bull Racing Australia, starting with a win for Jamie in Race One.
The reigning champ never looked in doubt as he took a convincing victory in the No.1 Holden, having started from pole, while Lowndesy came from eighth to finish fourth.
“The car was strong today and we maximised qualifying in Race One and had an awesome result this morning with the win,” JDub said.
Race Two delivered the goods in the drama department as Jamie ran wide after a safety car restart, ultimately resulting in a flat left rear and a 21st placed finish.
“I feel alive after Race Two! I picked up some debris from Car 23’s accident. Sometimes the car can feel loose until it cleans up, but it didn’t and that’s how the issue came about. I had a massive ride into turn eight, but somehow we got round and the car’s still straight,” he said.
“Everyone else will step it up tomorrow, it’s going to be cut throat. I’ll ride my scooter in tomorrow morning, have a good breakfast and see where we end up.”
Meanwhile, Craig was also caught up in the action, crossing the line fourth, but being promoted to third after Scott McLaughlin was handed a 10 second post-race penalty.
“It’s a good start today to get a podium,” he said. “I got a little bit lucky. Jamie had problem, then Scott McLaughlin got by me when I locked up the rears.
“The car was much better in Race Two. We made some changes after Race One, when we also had a good result to come from eighth to fourth, and the car was nice and flowed better through turns four, five and six.
“We still need to find more speed but all in all we’re happy with our performance today. Grant McPherson and I are working really well and hopefully we give him the results we all want.”
Tomorrow’s 250km mini marathon kicks off at 3:25pm local time, but tune in from 10:55am for qualifying and the Top Ten Shootout.