The Philip Island troubles for 888 were carried over to Perth with the team ending in 8th 12th and 14th spots in that first qualifying session. The highest placed Holdens being Tim Slade in 5th and Dave Reynolds in 7th. Whilst this did not look too good, the Holden boys were talking about having good race pace which to a degree did prove to be the case in race 11. SVG moved up to a charging third, with Slade in 4th. Initially Reynolds looked to be making progress before a problem in the pits with a wheel nut lost him 11 seconds… and that in this game lost him 10 places or more and from which he could not recover.
Whincup incurred another penalty…and he did not have the pace… to be classified 13th which did his championship comeback no good at all.
On to race 12… In this one we have to feel for Dave Reynolds because he drove a race that in normal circumstances would have put him in the winner’s circle…but…he did not count on one Scott McLaughlin. We will cover that drive under the Ford scribblings but Dave drove brilliantly and at one stage towards the end of the race was in a position to challenge Scott for the lead. He backed off to secure second and apart from a self-inflicted ‘oops’ into the sand trap on the very last corner before the line, recovered valuable championship points.
Nice to see Craig Lowndes living up to his reputation as a real racer. His move from the back of the grid to 3rd place in race 12 just as good as McLaughlin’s run from19th to first.
So…with two fast Holdens in Reynolds and Lowndes, the ZB looks to be still in the game, however, the Red Bull guys are making a meal of things and need a clean run to see where they stand.