Warren Lombard had a tough weekend (16-17 September) in Round 4 of the 2022 Mobil 1 V8 Supercars championship at Killarney International Raceway.
Things started well for the PepBoys Automotive Ford Falcon driver, who qualified in fifth place on Friday afternoon. Unlike some of his rivals, Lombard opted to save his new tyres for later in the weekend, especially with three races scheduled for Saturday.
Trailing Di Matteo Racing stablemate Thomas Reib, Lombard finished the morning’s first race in fourth place. Race 2 saw another excellent start, with him occupying third place in the running order. However, just after the halfway mark, a puncture saw him losing positions and retiring with a lap to go. Due to him having completed two-thirds of the race distance, he was classified in ninth place.
The new tyres were scheduled to be fitted for the last race in any case, and with the reverse grid, Lombard started from pole position. But his race did not last long as a wheel came off, forcing him to retire.
“A tough day with things simply not working out” said Lombard. “We needed solid results and took a gamble by keeping out tyres for later. Sadly the Race 2 puncture placed us on the back foot, but we were eager to go for the 50 points on offer for the Race 3 win. Quite literally, the wheels came off from that plan. Nevertheless, the car was strong throughout, and that’s certainly a positive to take forward into the final two rounds. Thank you to everyone who made this weekend possible.”
The penultimate round of the 2022 Mobil 1 V8 Supercars Championship will be held at Zwartkops Raceway on 14-15 October.
Warren Lombard would like to express his gratitude to the following partners for making his 2022 campaign possible: PepBoys Automotive, Hi Tech Mag Repairs, Gavin Wilkins Racing and Di Matteo Racing.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Warren Lombard
Photography by: Motorsport Fanatix
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