Bathurst 1000: TPR Thursday report

FIFTH-FASTEST IN PRACTICE BUT COULD DO BETTER Few drivers broke the 2min 8sec barrier around Bathurst today but Jason Bright was one of them in the Trading Post Racing car. He and co-driver Matt Halliday both gave very good feedback on the...

FIFTH-FASTEST IN PRACTICE BUT COULD DO BETTER

Few drivers broke the 2min 8sec barrier around Bathurst today but Jason Bright was one of them in the Trading Post Racing car.

He and co-driver Matt Halliday both gave very good feedback on the car, which underwent its final annual test day at Winton before arriving at Mount Panorama for one of the biggest weekends of the year.

They finished the practice session fifth-fastest with a time of 2:07.8901, one of only five cars to lap less than 2min 8sec in spite of several slips from Bright on his quick lap.

Qualifying for the Supercheap Auto 1000 begins tomorrow at 14.35

Jason Bright
Trading Post Racing

"I think we probably under-performed today. The quickest lap I was on, I ran wide on two corners and went straight ahead on the last corner, which was a bit of a missed opportunity. I had another run at it but the start of the lap was compromised because I came out of the escape road, so to do a 2:07.8901 on dirty tyres is very satisfying. If I can put a lap together it will be right up there at the pointy end somewhere.

"I'm feeling pretty comfortable and I think there's still a lot more to come. We've got another couple of days' running and I think we will get it a lot nicer yet. I'm confident we should be pretty competitive this weekend."

Matt Halliday
Trading Post Racing Co-Driver

"We've started off quite strong; we were pretty confident that we were going to start well and the car feels good straight out of the box but it's still early days.

"I've not driven here since 2008 and it definitely takes a little bit to ease yourself back in. One mistake and it can ruin your whole weekend; you have to give this place respect. When you hop back in you feel at home and it just gets easier from there."

-source: tpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Matt Halliday