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Holden launch the terrific new Astra

When things go wrong…

June 18, 2007, 3.30pm. It’s so easy to get caught out; both trips I made last week were perfect examples of such.

The first was on the trip back home to New Zealand where I was helping Holden launch the terrific new Astra.

While there the Team Kiwi story broke and, in the middle of an eight-minute interview, I made an off-the-cuff comment to a reporter about TKR’s David John being a little liberal with the truth.

It wasn’t much but was quickly taken out of context by some backroom editors who are always after that little bit more, and provided NZ radio with a sensational sound byte for the following day’s news.

John and TKR gave me my start in V8 Supercars and I’m grateful for that, so it was only natural I should ring David and explain. He knows how it all works and had a laugh – it probably provided him a little alleviation from the pressure of saving his team.

I’m on the record as saying I hope TKR can continue and I stand by that.

The second example of getting caught out was at Eastern Creek. After again qualifying in the top 10, the final race results didn’t reflect our efforts.

Before the race I’d made comments that it had not been a happy hunting ground for me and sadly it remains so.

Race 1 on Sunday was difficult, having run as high as seventh we finished 13th which was extremely disappointing. The #3 SEW-Eurodrive VE Commodore was quite difficult to drive at race’s end.

Changes were made for Monday, but banging wheels early with Jason Bargwanna cracked the front left wheel and deflated the tyre, sending me off-track. After an unscheduled stop, we finished 24th.

We produced a 16th place finish in the final 31-lapper, but to leave there with only four points for the round fell well short of expectations.

This weekend we head to the Top End and Darwin. Between now and then we’ll debrief the Eastern Creek weekend, while I’m also in NZ for another four days of corporate commitments.

My resolution is simple – make sure you don’t get caught out again – while the goal for Tasman Motorsport for Darwin can’t be anything short of a pair of top 10 finishes for Murph and myself.

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