Grant Denyer finished 6th overall in Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Queensland Raceway last weekend, after being taken out of Race 2 while leading.
A hit from behind by series leader Jonathan Webb pushed the Crimsafe Ford off track and out wide, allowing another 4 cars to get through on the run to the flag.
Denyer’s start from 4th on the grid was another blinder, taking the race lead as they went into turn one and then going on to dominate the first 12 laps.
A late race safety car period bunched the field back up and with one lap to go, Webb made a dive under brakes at Turn 5 only to lock up and tag the back of Grants car pushing him off line.
“Once you get pushed wide at Turn 5, you are hung out to dry for 2 corners and consequently I was swamped,” Grant said. “It was disappointing as it robbed us of a front row start in the final and third in the Championship at the time.”
Webb was penalised 5 grid points for the incident, however the loss of position in Race 2 put Grant back to 8th on the grid for the final.
Another good start in the final saw Grant up to 6th where he had a lonely run for the rest of the event.
“We were hoping for better on our home test track – qualifying should have been trouble free, however the car jumped out of second gear twice on my quick lap, which dropped us to 9th. The cars true qualifying pace was probably around position 4, so we were coming from behind for most of the weekend.”
He still remains 4th in the Championship with Round 6 of the Fujitsu Series at Mt Panorama Bathurst in October. The Queensland Round of the Fujitsu Series will go to air this weekend on the SEVEN Network from 1.30 pm – Check local guides.
Following his return from Africa last week, Grant flew straight out to Los Angeles on Monday morning and then on to Detroit on assignment for SEVEN’S Sunday night programme, returning in time for DJR’S next test day on September 2.