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Hot, but not Bright, start

Jason Bright will start race one from 18th and race two from eighth after a mixed day in Adelaide.IT WAS a hot start to the season for Border V8 identitiesBrad Jonesand DavidReynoldsat Adelaide’s Clipsal 500.
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Temperatures are forecast to keep risingfor Saturday’stwo races and then hover around 40 degrees again on Sunday.

With the car’sinterior topping 50 degrees, it’s the equivalent of running a marathon in the Sahara Desertfor the drivers. They all wear high-tech cool suits, that flow cold water around their body toensure they don’t suffer heat exhaustion.

All that makes Friday’s34 degrees seem like a walk in the park, but there was nothingcool about the action on track.

A couple of cars hit the wall at the famous turn 8, where thecars are topping 200km/h. Bryce Fullwood in the Dunlop series was one, completely rippingthe front end out his Ford Falcon.

Of the Border contingent, Jones Racing driversTim Slade and Jason Bright will start 18thand 17th in race one.

There was improvement for race two, with Bright inside the top-10 in eighth and Sladefurther back in 13th ​position.

After consistent performances in the morningand afternoon practice session, where they were both around the top 10, the BJR boys just couldn’t put the perfect laps together when the goinggot serious, which left Slade disappointed.

“If we could have put it together, we would have been easily top-10,” he said.

“The car felt good all day, so hopefully it will be a good race car. We’ll just get itright for qualifying on Sunday and make sure of it.”

Bright was also thinking of whatcould have been.

“We had better pace than that. I just didn’t get a good second lap in, inthe first session and it cost us. It makes it hard when you start a long way down. Today wasa bit of a struggle but it was good to get a top-10 start for race two. It shows the pace is inthe car,” hesaid.

ROCKY ROAD: David Reynolds endured a tough first day at the office in his new Erebus Holden Commodore at Adelaide’s Clipsal 500. Pictures: GETTY IMAGES

Reynolds had a tough debut with his new team. He will start race one from16th and race two from 22nd.

Reynolds was under no illusions as to the task ahead of theteam coming into season with them changing from Mercedes race cars to Holden Commodores only threemonths ago, but the reality hit home on Friday.

“It’s gone as expected, thisis hardest track in the season, it’s the first race of the year, we’re at the back of pit lane, which makes it hard in short qualifying sessions like today,” he said.

“We’re working at it but a second a lap is a lot of time,” Reynolds said referring to the distance from him topole sitter Chaz Mostert.

“I said it would take us until racefour or so to get a feel for it andthatlooks about right. We will take a lot away from this weekend.”

Saturday will see the V8s compete in two 39-lap races and then line up for a killer 78 lapson Sunday.

Chaz Mostert made a stunning return to V8 Supercars in Adelaide, claiming pole position for the second race.

Jason Bright

Tim Slade had a frustrating start to the season at the Clipsal 500, missing out on a top-10 position.

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