DIFF-ICULT DAY FOR WALL
Mechanical issues saw Wilson Security Racing's David Wall complete a sum-total of seven laps during today's practice sessions at Queensland Raceway.
Two diffs, the mechanism controlling wheel rotation, broke in quick succession meaning Wall and endurance co-driver Chris Pither spent most of today's four sessions watching from the sidelines.
Wall did, however, get to complete four laps in this afternoon's media ride session and says he was pleasantly surprised by the car's handling.
Qualifying for Race 16 of the Championship begins tomorrow at 13.25.
Wilson Security Racing
"We ended up putting car 14's spare diff in so there's obviously something wrong with the other two. That was our fourth attempt at fixing the problem but we got on top of it before tomorrow and that's the main thing. I was surprised how my car felt in the rides; it actually felt pretty good.
"Including the rides and in-and-out laps I think I did seven laps in total today. It's a disadvantage for sure but far less so than if it happened at Townsville, where I'd never seen the place. Luckily there's another full practice session tomorrow and I've got two team-mates so we'll go from there.
"It is frustrating but that's the sport; some days are good and some are bad. Hopefully from now on it's smooth sailing and we'll push on regardless."
2012 Coates Hire Ipswich 300-V8 Supercar C'ship Races 16&17
QUEENSLAND RACEWAY IPSWICH
01 Russell Ingall, Supercheap Auto Racing, 1:09.6820
02 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone, +0.1916
03 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing, +0.2988
04 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, +0.3575
05 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing Team, +0.3589
06 Alexandre Premat, Fujitsu Racing, +0.4360
07 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing, +0.4361
08 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, +0.4693
09 Steven Johnson, Jim Beam Racing, +0.5409
10 Jonathon Webb, Tekno Autosports, +0.5581
28 David Wall, Wilson Security Racing, +2.8179