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HRT struggles at Sandown.


Toll Holden Racing Team duo Garth Tander and Mark Skaife have already set their sights on the next round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series after an arduous Midas 400 at Sandown International Raceway.

Tander finished seventh for the round and lost the championship lead to Ford rival Mark Winterbottom, while Skaife was 16th overall, both struggling with their Toll HRT Commodores in wintry and unpredictable conditions. Indeed, it proved to a tough day all round for Holden as Vodafone Ford driver Jamie Whincup won the round from Winterbottom, with James Courtney completing a trifecta for the Blue Oval.

“Obviously, it was a bad weekend for the Toll Holden Racing Team," Tander stated, "We never really got on top of car set-up, even though we were quickest in practice. All we could do in qualifying was match our practice time as we never really had balance.

"We just have to put this behind us and go to Darwin and do better. We lost the points lead, but there's still eight rounds remaining.....”

Team-mate Skaife was even more out-spoken.

“This weekend was an absolute shocker," he claimed, "Our Commodores, based on last year's performance, should have been better across the weekend, [but] we caught ourselves out a little in race two which put us back way too far.

"We used the final race as a test as we didn't really know what the weather would do, so we had a mixed car in set-up. It was good to test in that respect, but it was nowhere near it speed-wise. It was probably the first weekend of the year [where] we didn't have genuine speed.”


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