Another weekend of close racing for the Supercars last weekend in Hidden Valley, as the championship drivers and wildcards battled for points through race 11 and 12. Read on for the current Stilo Helmets Leaderboard and a taste of the action from Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.
Will Davison had another consistent event, gaining 2 places on the Coates Hire Championship Leaderboard to move into 14th place, thanks to his 11th and 13th place results in Race 11 and Race 12 respectively.
Dunlop Super 2 Series driver Jack Le Brocq, who was a wildcard entry for this round (and later, Ipswich Supersprint) spent his first weekend in the premier race class. “it’s been a fantastic expereicne and I’ve learned a lot. We made some mistakes, made some good calls, I passed a few people and we came home with a straight, undamaged car” said Brocq, who would place respectably with 19th and 22nd in Race 11 & 12 at Hidden Valley.
Less luck for Garth Tander, who seemed to be a magnet for other drivers in Darwin. Saturday’s Race 11 saw side-to-side contact between Tander, Jason Bright and Shane Van Gisbergen, taking both Tander and SVG’s cars off track where Van Gisbergen would not finish Race 11 as a result of the contact. Stewards imposed no penalty for the incident, finding neither driver predominantly or solely responsible. In Race 11 Tander was the last finisher in 26th place, which he bettered by 10 place in race 12 on Sunday.
Another tough day at the office, car was fast in the race, but things didn’t roll our way.
Looking forward to Townsville in a couple of weeks.
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Great day our goal was to make the shootout to put us at the pointy end for the race. The race went to plan and we fought hard to the end??
Our strongest Stilo athletes in Hidden Valley, as you could be forgiven for expecting from the Supercar Veterans, was Tim Slade and Craig Lowndes, with Lowndes maintaining Top 10 results with 7th and 6th by keeping out of trouble on track. Slade would take 5th place and our best result of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, bettering his 11th place on Saturday by 6 positions with Lowndes on his tail. But neither Slade or Lowndes has been able to de-perch Mark Winterbottom from the top of the Stilo Leaderboard, despite two 14th place finishes in Darwin.
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The countdown is now on until July 07-09 for the WatPac Townsville 400 – see the Supercars website for info & tickets.