Tricky conditions on the Island
Andrew “Fisthail” Fisher and the Jesus Racing team had a good first day at Phillip Island, keeping out of trouble in the wet and damp conditions to qualify in position 6 for the final round of the Touring Car Masters Championship.
Coming into the weekend the team were quietly confident of a good weekend but having never driven in the iconic XY GTHO in the wet at Phillip Island, the team faced a new challenge heading into practice 1.
Struggling for grip on older wets in the first session Fisher could only manage 15th but quickly made amends for this as he went 8th quickest in the second session having fitted some newer tyres to the Jesus Racing Falcon.
With the weather clearing just minutes before qualifying, the team was faced with the tough decision of which tyres to use. Opting for slicks on the damp track proved to be the right call as Fisher was quick straight out the gate. On his second lap, Fisher went fastest of anyone in sector 1 before setting a PB in sector 2. A lock up into MG through the final sector cost the Jesus Racing XY GTHO over 1 second, but due to the fast start to the lap Fishtail still managed to be 6th fastest. Unfortunately the session was red flagged after another car ended up in the wall.
“It was great to have trouble free sessions today and stay out of trouble,” said Fisher. “The engine is going very well and it’s good to have pace in both wet and damp conditions. Qualifying was a bit frustrating with the mistake into MG but that’s life and we’ll focus on racing our way to the front now!”
Tomorrow will see the Touring Car Masters take to the track for race 1 and 2, both which will be televised live on Fox Sports. You can also stay up to date with all the action on the Jesus Racing Team facebook page.