V8SDS: Howard Racing Friday notes

Thompson on the Pace for Howard Racing Howard Racing Team driver Andrew Thompson has reinforced his intentions of a podium this weekend, with two top three results in today's Fujitsu V8 Supercar practice sessions at Round 7 of the V8 ...

Thompson on the Pace for Howard Racing

Howard Racing Team driver Andrew Thompson has reinforced his intentions of a podium this weekend, with two top three results in today's Fujitsu V8 Supercar practice sessions at Round 7 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway.

Thompson topped the timesheets in the first practice session of the day and was over half a second quicker than his nearest rival. Teammates Mark Howard and Adam Sharpe were also quick from the onset; Howard recording his personal best practice result to finish sixth while Sharpe was eleventh.

As the on-track grip levels changed throughout the second practice session, all three Howard Racing drivers moved to green tyres with ten minutes to go. Two red flags interrupted the drivers' chances of a clean lap and the trio were unable to capitalise on their new tyre advantage. Thompson finished the session in third place while Sharpe was 12th and Howard 25th.

Despite today's promising results Thompson said the team would work on car balance before tomorrow's qualifying.

"We put greens on with 10 minutes left in the second session but the car didn't respond the way we wanted it to and the two red flags during that period made it really hard to put together a clean lap," Thompson explained.

"I had a really good first session I was half a second quicker than Jonathon (Webb) and the car was well balanced. Once the grip levels changed in P2 we didn't seem to have the same car balance."

"We are here to win this round, we have the car speed and reliability so there is no reason why we shouldn't," Thompson added.

In celebrating his personal best practice result, Team Principal Mark Howard said he was extremely happy with the performance of the whole team.

"I am really happy with my performance today," said Howard. "We had our best ever practice result in today's opening practice session."

"Our results in Practice 2 are not indicative of where we should be, the two red flags made it impossible to get a good clean lap in on the new tyres."

"Given the results of our test day here last week and where we all were in Practice 1 today I am confident we can achieve three solid results this weekend," Howard continued.

An inconsistency in the engine of Adam Sharpe's #32 Ford Falcon BA prevented the British driver from bettering his P1 result.

"Overall I was quite happy with the car balance but we had an engine problem that affected the drive out of Turn 3," said Sharpe.

"The team are working on rectifying it for qualifying so we should definitely move further up the order tomorrow."

The Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series plays a supporting role to the 'main game' at Queensland Raceway, and the Howard Racing drivers will qualify and contest the first of the three races tomorrow.

On Sunday the team will contest two more races to decide round honours, with no reverse grid challenge scheduled.

-credit: hr

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