Team BOC’s Race Curbed

Hitting the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit’s high curbs took its toll on Team BOC today, spoiling an improved qualifying run and ultimately ending the team’s race.

Jason Bright was running in the top ten qualifiers when he launched the car over raised curbs, designed to stop drivers cutting corners. The subsequent damage saw him drop to P16 in qualifying.

International Co-Driver Stephane Sarrazin made a safe start to the race and was just outside the top ten when he reported under-steer. Just a few laps later the Frenchman was in the wall and out of the race. Bright suspects lingering damage from the curbs was to blame.

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Jason Bright
Team BOC
“In the qualifying session I hit the curb, which caused two damaged rims, a bent front shock and cracked the diff. I think that may have had something to do with Stephane going straight on at Turn 11 in the race.

“The drivers asked for the high curbs to be removed in the driver briefing but the officials chose not to remove them. They aren’t necessary on that turn as, at that section of the circuit, you can’t cut the track anyway.

“Apart from Stephane brushing the wall today I can’t fault any of his driving. He did a fantastic job and I hope he’s my teammate for next year’s event here.”

Stephane Sarrazin
Team BOC Co-Driver
“I went into the corner too fast and I touched the wall slightly. I rubbed the front-right suspension and the damage was too severe to repair and get back out.

“It’s a shame because we were going so well and I was pushing the car to the limit. Unfortunately that’s racing.

“Next year, if I get the opportunity to come back, I will jump at the chance to join Team BOC and be Jason’s co-driver. He’s been doing a really good job and he’s one of the quickest drivers out there.”

2012 Armor All Gold Coast 600 – V8 Supercars – Races 22&23
V8 SUPERCARS Race 23 qualfying
01 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, 1:11.1077
02 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford, +0.1455
03 Jonathon Webb, Tekno Autosports, +0.2140
04 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford, +0.2367
05 Rick Kelly, Jack Daniel’s Racing, +0.2650
06 James Courtney, Holden Racing Team, +0.4843
07 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone, +0.6255
08 Steve Owen, VIP Petfoods, +0.6608
09 James Moffat, Team Norton, +0.6845
10 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, +0.7326
16 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.9004

2012 Armor All Gold Coast 600 – V8 Supercars – Races 22&23
V8 SUPERCARS – Race 23
01 Will Davison / Mika Salo, Trading Post FPR Ford
02 Jamie Whincup / Sebastien Bourdais, TeamVodafone
03 Mark Winterbottom / Will Power, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford
04 Tim Slade / David Brabham, Lucky 7 Racing
05 Garth Tander / Ryan Briscoe, Holden Racing Team
06 Craig Lowndes / Richard Lyons, TeamVodafone
07 Russell Ingall / Peter Dumbreck, Supercheap Auto Racing
08 Lee Holdsworth / Simon Pagenaud, Irwin Racing
09 Shane Van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen, SP Tools Racing
10 Fabian Coulthard / Nicolas Minassian, Lockwood Racing
DNF Jason Bright / Stephane Sarrazin, Team BOC