Race 23

Race Distance: 300kms
Laps: 102
Minimum number of co-driver laps: 34
Tyre Allocation: Soft tyre compound only
Weather at Start of Race: Cloudy, dry and 20 degrees
HRT Race Highlights:

  • Having been handed a 10-spot grid penalty for yesterday’s incident involving car #12, Tander/Luff started the Race 23 in 20th.  They would have been placed in 10th after making the Top Ten Shootout.  Courtney/Perkins missed the Shootout and started in 13th for today’s race.
  • Like yesterday, both Perkins and Luff started the race for the Holden Racing Team.  
  • The race was just 14 laps old when the first safety car was called after Stanaway bumped Perkins from behind and Stanaway hit the wall at turn 4.  Perkins, with pit box priority, was the first HRT car called to pit lane while Luff pitted the following lap.  Both Perkins are Luff remained in the driver’s seat and at the restart were positioned 14th and 15th respectively.
  • On lap 23 Russell suffered significant damage after an incident with Baird at turn four and limped back to pit lane.  Baird was handed a pit lane drive through penalty for his involvement; both HRT cars benefited and moved up two places. 
  • Having well and truly completed his minimum laps and down to his final drops of fuel Perkins was called in for his second stop on lap 58 – Perkins had done his job for the day and Courtney jumped in. One lap later it was Luff’s turn to stop and it was time for Tander to join the race and bring it home for the car #2 crew.
  • With 35 laps to go the Holden Racing Team had Courtney positioned in 9th and Tander 10th, fuel saving and tyre saving was the focus of the remaining laps.
  • With just the two safety cars deployed over the entire race and an incident free final stint, Courtney was first of the HRT cars home in 10th, Tander just one place behind in 11th.
  • The team now have just five days to travel home to Melbourne and have the cars turned around for the next event across the ditch in New Zealand.

Adrian Burgess, Managing Director:
“It was a disappointing weekend overall and we didn’t really come away with the results that we’re happy to sing about.  Finishing 10 and 11 today really just capped off a frustrating weekend where we didn’t deliver on our potential.”

“We’ve got a busy week this week getting ready for New Zealand as the cars will have to go over next weekend, so we’ll regroup, stay focussed and come back swinging next race.”