“I was really happy… to record our fourth front row start in five rounds.”
A cracked chassis rail spoiled what set to be another promising weekend for Bob Jane T-Marts Racing’s Kim Jane at the Castrol Edge Townsville 400. After showing great pace in the opening practice session, Jane utilised the second session to simulate a race run and work on tyre pressures. Despite setting the fastest time in the first part of qualifying, Jane was pipped by Mason Barbera for pole position. The Bob Jane T-Marts driver set the second fastest qualifying time and claimed his fourth front row start of the year. “The car was very good in the opening practice session,” Jane explained. “I got balked on what was my fastest lap so we knew it had a bit more in it. “I was really happy with qualifying, to record our fourth front row start in five rounds means we are definitely on the right track.
Jane made a great start in Race 1 and led for the first seven laps of the race. As tyre wear progressed, he was unable to hold off Barbera and dropped to second. Withstanding pressure from David Sieders over the closing laps of the race, Jane maintained his position and finished second. “We certainly had some great speed in the first half of Race 1,” Jane continued. “As the tyres went off I wasn’t able to hold out Mason (Barbera), but I was still really happy with the result.
“The accident wasn’t that big but it opened up an old wound.”
Jane’s quest for another podium result came to an abrupt end in the infamous reverse grid race when he locked up trying to pass back markers coming into Turn 2. While the accident itself was not deemed to have caused significant damage to the #27 Commodore, further investigations revealed a crack to the chassis rail. “It was really unfortunate as we were making great progress in Race 2. I was already up to tenth and had really good car speed. “The accident wasn’t that big but it opened up an old wound and cracked the chassis rail behind the front cross member. We just didn’t have the time needed to repair it for the final race,” Jane added. The next event for the Bob Jane T-Marts Australian V8 Ute Racing team is the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 6-9. The team will utilise the break between races to facilitate repairs to the chassis rail, test new components and ensure team is ready to take on the iconic Mt Panorama circuit.