JB's Round Wrap of Sandown
Sandown turned out to be a terrific weekend for both me and Mustang Sally. Sadly , I was the best of the Wilson Security entries with Tony D'Alberto suffering misfortunes and David Wall being taken out on the first lap of the Development race. Karl Reindler, another Wilson Security driver, had his second best qualifying performance of the year but stalled during the pitstop and the engine would not fire up quickly. Such are the misfortunes of motor sport.
'Now, back to me,' as Brad Jones use to say!
I love the Sandown track and have had some terrific results there over a 30 year period. After some serious thought, and some serious money, Sally turned up at Sandown with a different set up philosophy . We weren't the quickest in every session but we were always in the top two so it obviously worked pretty well.
The qualifying session was as difficult conditions as I have ever experienced since Bathurst in 92 . It was truly dangerous with visibility only to the end of the bonnet at best . Its times like that a bloke questions his sanity! Full credit to Andrew Meidecke who seems to be the rain master , he grabbed pole in the atrocious conditions just as he did at Bathurst.
The races went well for Sally though and I ended up with two firsts and a second. Our new philosophy helped offset the rev cuts and the luck of the day worked on my side. Good starts and good first laps are also crucial. Meidecke is currently making terrible starts so that is helping a lot. Not sure why though, they are much easier to get launched than a V8 supercar, or at least Sally is.
As far as V8 supercars go, I was wrapped for Rick Kelly on Saturday, he drove a fantastic race in very difficult conditions. He has always been extra special in the wet, but Todd's performance was also much better than of late.
The Sunday race just reinforced what we already know, 888 and Jamie Whincup are on a different plane, all things being equal.
FPR where the best of the rest which is no bad thing but their tyre consistency is still not as good as 888 on an abrasive track, which Sandown is.
Most of the racing folk will be very glad when Homebush is over, it has been a very intense year.