NUNAWADING, Victoria, Australia — As the Australian Grand Prix wraps up for another year, there was no shortage of thrills and spills for the Virgin Australia Supercars non-Championship round.
Both LDM drivers Alex Rullo and Taz Douglas started their weekend in a positive fashion adapting to the Albert Park Circuit with only a single 20-minute practice session.
Four back-to-back qualifying sessions on Thursday afternoon tested both drivers and crew with only ten minutes separating each session.
In typical rookie fashion, Alex attempted to extract more grip from the tire under braking than then the Dunlop compound was capable of, suffering a couple of large brake lock ups which ultimately preventing him from posting a competitive lap time.
Throughout the four sprint races, both Rullo and Douglas managed to stay out of trouble and finish in front of their starting grid positions.
“We had our ups and downs over the weekend, we will go back to the race shop and improve the car prior to Tasmania,” said Douglas. “We struggled for pace in some areas but its all about learning and working with the engineers to get the most out of the car.”
In tthe last race on Sunday, Rullo managed to finish six spots higher than his qualifying position.
“It was a mixed weekend. I definitely learned a lot and I feel that Tim (Newton – Race Engineer) and I are beginning to understand how each other work,” said Rullo. “I definitely feel as though there was more speed left in the car, overall I’m happy with our performance along with bringing back a straight car. I’m continually learning new things and with the amount of track time I get this year I have no doubts that I’ll be able to improve on my weaknesses.”
With a short break for the Virgin Australia Supercars Series, the teams can catch their breath before they attack the Symmons Plains Circuit in the Apple Isle.
CREDIT: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport