May 18, 2022

Minne Sotais

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Jones points out Percat tyre tension drama

Nick Percat saved his third location complete in Race 12

Brad Jones has stated the root trigger of the tyre tension dilemma Nick Percat encountered prior to Race 12 at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown that had put his Saturday podium at hazard.

This early morning it was verified Brad Jones Racing experienced been stripped of the 86 teams’ championship details that Percat netted with his third area complete at Concealed Valley Raceway.

The #8 Holden ZB Commodore was allowed to retain its podium complete and drivers’ championship points, on the other hand.

That came immediately after a prolonged listening to next the race, which lasted a number of hours.

Talking with Mark Larkham prior to Qualifying for Race 13, Jones explained he considered Percat had experienced a double puncture on the warm-up lap.

As it turned out, that was not the scenario.

Jones confirmed a miscommunication with the tyre warming treatment intended Percat rolled up to the grid with tyre pressures less than the minimum 17 psi threshold.

“It was a single of individuals points, all the vehicles go out with the very same tyre stress, which the wonderful factor about obtaining all the data out there in those people hearings is Supercars can look and see what all the other cars and trucks are performing, what we’re executing,” mentioned Jones.

“All four of our autos went out with the same tyre tension, Nick went around to the grid, we saw the two right have been dropping in tension and were finding down to the bare minimum, we believed potentially we could have a puncture.

“So we went and spoke to Adrian [Burgess, Supercars head of motorsport], advised him we had a difficulty on the correct-hand side. We place the two tyres we experienced on the grid but they weren’t pressured so they ended up up five psi.

“[What had happened] wasn’t very clear to us until afterwards so then we went again by way of the info and did the exact same matter.

“We have been in with the stewards for three or 4 hours final night and it turns out that there was a little bit of a miscommunication amongst us and Nick about how much tyre warming he needed, how significantly brake electricity he wanted to get into the auto.

“The men drag the brakes and do no matter what they can to get temperature into the tyres, everybody does it.

“So then we received to the grid, we ended up nonetheless higher than the tension, we could see them going down, and then about 10 minutes just before the race start relatively than enable it fluctuate about 16.8 and 17 [psi], we acquired on the entrance foot and went and observed the head of motorsport and claimed ‘we most likely have a trouble, the two tyres on the correct side are dropping more quickly than the types on the left’.

“The kinds on the right are also in the shade and so he authorized us to change them. They checked them for punctures and then we experienced the hearing final night and then just bought the outcome two minutes back.”

Percat potential customers the way for Brad Jones Racing in the drivers’ championship, sitting down seventh.

The 4-time race winner this morning certified 10th and seventh for the two Sunday races, whilst Will Davison driven to pole posture for the two occasions.