Garland gains traction ahead of Winton
Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Kody Garland collected valuable points at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit to keep himself in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia title contention.
In what was initially a troubled start to the weekend for the New South Welshman in practice and qualifying, race one brought Garlands best result with a hard earned seventh place.
The second race, which saw an inverted grid, had Garland in the top four at the race start but he ultimately fell to ninth at race end, with a similar story in the final race of the weekend as Garland was unable to separate himself from the rear of the pack – a lackluster P12 as a result.
Despite the underwhelming results on paper, Garland amassed enough points to find himself back in the top 10 in the overall points tally, building himself a foundation for the upcoming round at Winton.
“That was definitely a challenging experience, but it’s important that we were able to collect points in all three races,” Garland said.
“The Peugeot’s all struggled on Friday practice and improved a bit over the rest of the weekend, but we weren’t able to get the #41 into the right setup window across the three races to be able to really put up a fight.
“It’s such a tight and competitive championship, you’re going to have less than ideal races, it’s how you navigate those that will determine how well the season goes. In that regard, I’m happy that we were able to finish all three races and get some valuable points to keep us within touch of the championship fight.
“We go to Winton next which is more similar in nature to Symmons Plains where we had a great round, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
The third round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia takes place at the Hi-Tec Oils Race Winton at Winton Raceway as part of the fourth round of the Shannons SpeedSeries on 9-11 June.