It’s back to the drawing board for Walkinshaw Andretti United in the Supercars Championship, after a disastrous round at Wanneroo Raceway.
The duo of Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat could not have had worse results in the Perth SuperNight, unable to crack the top 10 in any session, while rival teams prospered at the unique circuit.
Mostert finished the races in 22nd, 12th and 19th as Percat was 21st, 18th and 15th, leaving both way off the pace in the championship standings come the end of the round.
The former, who has led the way for WAU so far, is now 342 points in arrears of leader Shane van Gisbergen, despite winning two races at Albert Park.
Speaking throughout the weekend, Mostert was unsure of the reason for his drop off in performance but promised that the team did everything possible to restore speed in the WAU Holden Commodore’s.
“For whatever reason the track this weekend is really highlighting quite a big issue for us,” Mostert conceded.
“It was a bit of a handful this weekend that’s for sure. There wasn’t a nut or bolt we didn’t touch on the #25.”
Percat was particularly shocked by his qualifying pace, which left him starting at the very back of the field in each of the three encounters.
“I’m not really sure what to say,” Percat said on the Saturday.
“It’s hard, it’s bad, that’s legit for both of us. It doesn’t feel like I should be last.
“The lap time comes up on the dash and go alright, that’s us.”
The mood was similar after Sunday, as WAU’s attempts to overhaul the cars ultimately produced little.
Engineer Adam Deborre explained that the usual solutions had failed, and he was forced to get creative.
“Our usual tools haven’t been working,” Deborre said.
“We’re having to come up with different ways of trying to achieve the same objective.
“You always stick close to your history and we spent the majority of yesterday trying to work around our base, now we’re probably I’d say 5% away, which is exploring new grounds.
“If we if we can’t be winning, we need to learn.”
WAU now sit sixth in the Teams’ Championship, while Mostert and Percat are fifth and 16th in the Drivers’ standings, respectively.
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