V8 Supercars Sieders plays catch-up game

 at Queensland Raceway

DAVID Sieders has finished 14th overall in Round 4 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Queensland Raceway this weekend.

The Gulf Western Oils-backed driver qualified towards the back of the field and paid the price for the rest of the weekend, playing the catch-up game.

And it seemed like he was playing the game quite well. In Race 1, he drove sensibly to take 13th, and that could have been an even better if not for an ill-timed Safety Car.

The start of Race 2 dealt Sieders a severe blow when he clashed with championship leader Steven Owen. Owen touched Sieders in the right rear of his Falcon and sent him off the track and down the order. He passed another bunch of cars to take 15th in the race.

In the final, he started well before falling back with fading tyre life to take 17th.

David’s older brother Colin Sieders did not compete in the round due to a lack of funding. He hopes to be back in action towards the end of the season.

Ford driver Dean Canto won the round, and the next time you’ll see the Fujitsu Series will be at Winton Motor Raceway in two weeks time.

DAVID SIEDERS QUOTEBOOK:

SIEDERS ON HIS QUEENSLAND RACEWAY WEEKEND:“We qualified pretty poorly, probably our worst ever effort, and that was the telling bit of our weekend,” he said. “It was pretty hard on the whole team. Our worst qualifying result before that was 18th so it was a hard pill to swallow.“The other disappointing aspect of the weekend was when Owen touched me off the track. I think if that didn’t happen, we could have been around the top 10.“In the last race, we didn’t have the pace. The car dropped off quiet early and we couldn’t hold our spot. It was just a tough race.”

SIEDERS ON THE NEXT ROUND AT WINTON:“Last time we went to Winton, we qualified 10th but blew the engine at the end of the session and that spoiled our weekend. I didn’t compete in any of the races.“The best bit about Queensland Raceway is that we came away from the meeting unscathed. The Gulf Western Falcon hardly a scratched panel. It’s an easy turn around for us ­just normal prep work. “I’m confident of a top 10 or 15 spot. I’ve driven around the track plenty of times before. I know the track really well, it’s just a matter of getting the job done.”