Bright hitting top gear after rollover

FOR anyone who witnessed Jason Bright's dramatic double rollover at Adelaide on the opening weekend of this year's V8 Supercars series, the word gentle is not one that would instantly spring to mind.

But that's how the Team BOC driver describes the incident that saw his Holden Commodore flip following a restart.

``The most interesting thing was that it was a more gentle feeling than I ever thought rolling a V8 Supercar would be,'' Bright said of the first rollover of his career.

``The last landing was pretty heavy, but the majority of it was quite gentle. The fact we are so close to the middle of the car these days, with the driver's seat moved in quite a bit, there are a lot of composite panels.

``It was more gentle than I anticipated, but looking at the car, you wouldn't think so.

``When I look at the incident, I was pretty lucky. Things could have gone worse, but the car and the safety gear did their job.''

There is still anger there from the 41-year-old from Melbourne about the incident which happened under the controversial new restart rule, which has since been changed.

The rule required drivers to hold between 50km/h and 60km/h until the leader reaches the designated acceleration zone.

Officials last week increased the limit when the cars form for restarts to 60 to 80km/h, lengthening the acceleration zone with the lead driver to determine the restart.

Bright, who is 21st in the championship with 66 points, will bring his virtually brand-new Commodore, which had its first hit-out at the non-championship Grand Prix weekend, to one of his favourite tracks in Symmons Plains where he won race two last year, also won in 2006 and has been on pole twice.

``Symmons brings out the strengths that I believe we really do have as a car and a team, which is our braking.

``I'm looking forward to getting down there and can hopefully make amends for the Clipsal 500 and get some points.

``It is a challenging little track. For a track that only has four or so corners, they're all different.

``The hairpin is pretty unique with the elevation change and the last couple of corners are really cool at high speed and turns one and two are some of the most challenging braking areas that we have in the category.

``It is a great little circuit with high speed and some great passing spots.''


WHAT: Tyrepower Tasmania 400.

WHERE: Symmons Plains.

WHEN: From tomorrow to Sunday.



PROGRAM: Friday - 10.10am, practice 1; 12.10pm, practice 2; 2.05pm, practice 3. Saturday - 11.30am, qualifying race 4; 11.50am, qualifying race 5; 2.35pm, race 4; 4.35pm, race 5. Sunday - 11.20am, qualifying race 6; 3.55pm, race 6.

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