Positive start ends with a bang
Jesus Racing Team’s Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher started his return to the series in a positive way with 6th in qualifying, but this was short lived as the team’s day was over before they even reached turn 1.
Hot off the heels of an equal first at Sandown and seeing the potential of the speed in the Jesus ute under the piloting of Aaron Borg at Bathurst, Fisher was keen and raring to get back behind the wheel. The Jesus Racing Ford Falcon didn’t disappoint and was quick out of the truck with Fishtail steering his way into 6th position in the first stage of P1 before the red flag. Fishtail was keen to improve on this and set the fastest time straight after the stoppage before a mishap at the turn 1 chicane had him facing the wall, which fortunately ended with minimal contact. Fishtail would go on to finish the session in 7th.
Qualifying is always important but even more so on a street circuit and Fishtail was quick from the get go and moved straight into position 3, he was on another flyer before being baulked by two slower cars and making the decision to pit. When the times began to tumble the team sent Fishtail out to see if he could extract further speed from the car. Pushing hard and still with no curb hop strikes Fisher just caught the rear of a curb that was already broken away in the front chicane and smashed a section out of the rim. This ultimately ended the team’s qualifying run with Fishtail finishing in 7th before later being elevated to 6th position after another ute failed a post-qualifying scrutineering check.
Starting from 6th Fishtail was on the dirty line and struggled to get great traction of the line. He was able to hold his position on the outside however as they approached turn 1 at around 145Km/h one of the other competitor reacted to a situation in front of them and steered their car into the side of Fishtail sending him into the wall with heavy contact. The Jesus ute came to a smouldering holt, both front tyres off their rims and Fisher with shards of glass around his eye.
With quite substantial damage the team will have to work into the night to get the car ready to compete from the back of the grid in race 2 tomorrow. This can be seen live on Fox Sports from 10:10am Queensland time (check your local guides)