Motorsport Wrap for Monday 20th June 2011
ANOTHER TOUGH WEEKEND FOR TOLL HRT
The Toll Holden Racing Team has its sights set on the next round of the V8 Supercar Championship after a forgettable weekend at Hidden Valley in Darwin.
Driving Bridgestone-sponsored Commodores, both James Courtney and Garth Tander had frustrating runs in the 12th and 13th races of the season which were won by Holden's Rick Kelly and Ford's Shane van Gisbergen respectively.
A poor qualifying performance hampered both HRT cars in the opening race, but things were looking up for Tander in the second of the weekend's races before he came together with Tim Slade and damaged his steering.
Courtney looked to be in for a better result but suffered damage to the rear suspension which forced him into the pits. Both drivers were able to finish out the race, Courtney in 24th and Tander in 26th.
"There are actually a lot of positives to come out of the weekend even though it might be hard for the fans watching," said Mike Hendy, HRT's Racing Operations Manager.
"With Garth's race on Sunday I think at the point where he had the incident he was on the pace and still had the soft tyres to come, so it was disappointing for him.
"The same with James; he had set the fastest lap of the race but again the end results were poor. It's a bitter pill to swallow but I can't tell you how proud I am of the team."
The championship now moved to Queensland for the Sucrogen Townsville 400.
- Jamie Whincup (Team Vodafone) 1395 points
- Craig Lowndes (Team Vodafone) 1239
- Shane van Gisbergen (FPR) 1134
7. Garth Tander (HRT) 1013