Originally Posted by TerryK
It seems to me whoever is the No2 driver at HRT is doomed, the team seem to be totally involved in GT..am I the only one to think so or am I reading something into it.
No team on that grid is going to build a car to fail. This weekend's lack of reliability comes down to the driver. The only way you can overrev a current V8 is by bad downchanges. Engine could easily just be bad luck but more likely JC hurt the thing, he was clearly flustered early in the race and maybe he was a bit keen on the downchanges.
Good way to break tailshafts is by using kerbs too aggressively. If anything HRT seems to be more fragile than 888 or FPR.
It is rather interesting that Courtney can be so bad in quali next to Tander, its one thing to break your car in a kerb mad track like Adelaide but JC would want to find some pace, or Alan Gow might be buying a drive next year. Although considering that neither SBR or FPR will have him, I wonder where he'd go anyway...
FPR were on the money today and no mistakes. Can they keep it up? If they can they might just bag a title, especially if Dave Reynolds can keep taking points off others. 3 cars in the top 10 is very good. Is it fair to say they are flattered by a bumpy track and we might not see this consistency continue? We have 10 soft tyre rounds this year...
888 were a bit anonymous today, it seemed they mucked around with fuel mappings and hurt their pace. That moment where Jamie lost 3 spots was a bit wierd. Still 4th and 5th many teams would kill for.
SBR also very good to get all 3 drivers in the top 10. If they can be more consistent they will also be dangerous with 3 good drivers. Slade is growing in stature (haha), and Holdsworth will only get faster.
TKR seemed to be basically nowhere the whole weekend, I personally was happy to see Dave Reynolds towel the Kelly's up... Seeing Reindler in the TRK car seems to show that those cars are a long way behind the BJR cars, plus they seem to be hard on tyres and have bad fuel economy to boot.
BJR were pretty average except for Fabian Coulthard who had a great weekend with 2 top 10 finishes and a very clean weekend. Brighty had a bit of a shocker. David Wall kept out of trouble which I guess is probably just the right thing to do.
LDM I'd say the same of Taz Douglas, he managed to get a bit more TV time than David Wall, but apart from spinning on JC's oil, he did well to circulate and finish today. Pity he couldn't beat the Kelly car home though. I'd say finishing the race was a good reward for the crew who no doubt worked their butts off.
Tekno showed some serious speed, Jono Webb clearly has some serious talent, I'm not sure I agree with the previous poster giving Patrizi a rap but time will tell. Big shame for Webbo to be taken out by Murf, hope a good sponsor comes along soon.
Last but not least, DJR. Honestly since the split at the end of 2010 they have been an abject embarrassment. All 4 cars effectively qualified in the 20s and by comparison Tekno with 888 Commodores spanked them. How can a group with equal parts experience and talent perform so poorly in cars that are almost universally praised for their speed? Is Junior over the hill? Is Moffatt the new Dean Canto? Is Dean Fiore good enough for the JB drive? its a worry when Steve Owen is effectively your lead driver.
Today was a bit processional but a straightforward and strong statement by FPR. We're all used to their pronouncements and predictions but could they finally live up to it?