04 Mar 2019
See what the drivers said after Race 2 of the Superloop Adelaide 500...
Scott McLaughlin – Shell V-Power Racing
It was fantastic to have the team from Ford Performance and Ford Australia here this weekend, and great to share the podium with Mark Rushbrook (Head of Ford Performance).
We also had Jonathan Gibson from Team Penske here, so it's been a really big weekend. It's massive for the sport, and massive for our team. It's been an awesome weekend. We had to work for it, and we ended up having the perfect day today, and an awesome start to the season. I'm stoked.
Cam Waters – Monster Energy Racing
I was in a fair bit of pain. I kind of kept asking how many laps to go, I’d do a few (laps), then ask again, and just had a few mental strategies to try and get through it. I knew where I was strong, Shane (van Gisbergen) was coming at me pretty hard, but I kind of knew where I had to be strong, and lucky enough my car was good through those parts.
I think I probably had the pace anyway to hold him off. I was quick through (Turns) 1-2 and quick through (Turn) 8 which lead to the big passing opportunities, and I was going to make it hard for him anyway. It’s a little bit of redemption. Yesterday we had good pace, I don’t know if we had pace for a podium, but we’ve definitely made improvements overnight, and it does make up a little bit for yesterday.
Shane van Gisbergen – Red Bull Holden Racing Team
We made some big gains with the car, we found a little something for the shootout which really helped and then for the race the car was much better than yesterday.
I knew if we were going to contend for the win, we had to get through the first two laps in the front which we didn’t manage to do but it was an awesome little tussle, however we just didn’t have the pace today. The race itself, there was a lot going on but Shippy kept me up to date and kept me focused on what I needed to do but at the end I just didn’t get close enough to pass him.
Nick Percat – Team National Pharmacies
It’s been a nice start to the 2019 championship. I’ve got the National Pharmacies Supercar into both shootouts, finished inside the top ten for both races and sit fifth in the championship after round one. To have Tim finish in the top five today as well was pretty cool for the Brad Jones Racing team as a whole, hopefully it’s a sign of good things to come this season.
Mark Winterbottom – IRWIN Racing
It was a good first Race with the team, had a really good start and got amongst them a bit. We had good pace and went long in the first stint but in the second stint we got a kerb strike and did a bit of damage to the steering. We had our battles but Top 10 from 16th is a really good result, I had as much fun as I could have in 40-degree heat and we will build on this.
Jamie Whincup – Red Bull Holden Racing Team
It was a tough weekend overall. We made up some spots today after a poor qualifying run and are happy about that but should have been a lot better. The car wasn’t quick enough, and we made a bit of an error in the pits, which affected the results and probably should have at least been a couple of spots higher. Once again, a bit sweet and sour.
Will Davison – Milwaukee Racing
We’ve laid a good foundation for the year now, leaving the weekend fourth in points, and now we can start setting our targets a little bit higher and getting a little bit more aggressive as we understand the car more. We ran on quite an aggressive strategy today, I probably didn’t quite have the balance that I had yesterday, but we’re looking pretty good.
Obviously the double stack, and getting caught with Chaz’s incident, we lost massive time in the pits, but we were able to salvage a result at the end. That’s the encouraging thing, to be able to race back through the field to eighth, it was really promising. Tough race, but we salvaged a result, we have a straight car, great first weekend working with everybody, and now we can really kick on with the year.
Dave Reynolds – Penrite Racing
I started third which was great, it was a really good qualifying and Shootout effort. I had a decent start, but it went terribly at Turn 8. There was a scramble, I got lunged by Waters and he ran me off the track, losing a few spots. It ruined my flow and it took me a while to get going after that.
The first stop was good, and we had some good pace after that. The Safety Car came out I was able to get into the lead on the restart. Myself, Percat and McLaughlin were racing away from the field and we had good speed although I came in for my last stop and the car wasn’t performing right after that so I wasn’t able to race forward.
Todd Hazelwood – Matt Stone Racing
To be honest, we’re pretty relieved, we’ve put a lot of work in the hard season and the off season and for it all to come together and payoff is the ultimate reward for the whole team at MSR.
Last year was pretty bruising for me but at the same time I learned a lot over the off season, and I had a good time to reflect on what I needed to work on. I feel that this weekend, everything that I’ve put into place is starting to come off.