Whincup third in opening NZ practice Team Betta Electrical's young gun Jamie Whincup has recorded the third quickest time in the opening practice session at round two of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway ...
Whincup third in opening NZ practice
Team Betta Electrical's young gun Jamie Whincup has recorded the third quickest time in the opening practice session at round two of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway today.
The current championship point's leader posted a time of 0.55.9351 only .1423 of a second off fellow Ford driver Russell Ingall who was quickest in today's new format extended practice session.
Since winning the Clipsal 500 last month Whincup acknowledged a growth in confidence saw him pushing his Triple Eight Race Engineering prepared Team Betta Electrical Falcon to its full potential.
"My confidence has definitely grown since the opening round and I feel I can now push the car and myself to our full potential," Whincup said.
"Friday's session is typically a lottery as teams have quite a wide selection of tyres. When we saw greens going on late in the session we responded accordingly and it was good to put together some consistently quick laps.
"Today's practice session was very important as we worked hard on making sure we had a solid race package for the first race tomorrow.
"Whist not a view shared by the team, I am personally looking forward to the reverse grid race as it is an opportunity to prove our engineering excellence and bore through the pack," he added.
Last years pole sitter Craig Lowndes was seventh fastest with a time of 0.56.0723 and while sitting comfortably up in the top five for most of the session said he was unable to capitilise on his newer tyres before the session ended.
"We are confident we have good car setup and have a few little changes to make to the car before qualifying tomorrow," Lowndes said.
"While we did put greens on late in the session I wasn't able to get in a clean lap due to traffic and the red flag interruption.
Qualifying for the V8 Supercars will start at 9.00am (AEST) with the Top Ten Shootout at 10.00am and the first of three 100km races getting underway at 1.10pm.