V8 Supercars driver Michael Caruso says qualifying for today’s two 60-kilometre races at Winton will be crucial, due to the circuit being notoriously difficult to pass on.
The Nissan driver was second quickest in this morning’s practice session, using a set of green hard tyres to rocket to the pointy end seconds from the end.
Speaking ahead of the two 10-minute qualifying sessions, Caruso pointed out that the battle for pole will be crucial – and will probably decide the outcome of the races.
“There will be next to no passing. You won’t be seeing anyone go from last to first, lets put it that way,” he told Motorsport.com.
“It’s just the way this circuit is, the way it’s always been. Somewhere like Darwin, it’s completely different, but here you can be half a second faster than someone and still not be able to get past.
“The start and the run to turn one will pretty much determine the order, so qualifying at the front is very important.”
Still unsure of real pace
Following his promising run in practice three, Caruso is upbeat over where he and his Nissan Altima are at in terms of real pace. However, he is still wary about tyres masking some of his rivals' true pace.
“Again, it’s practice so we don’t know what tyres the others are running,” he added.
“But we’re happy. We thought we were about there yesterday. What’s important for us is to try and put down a good time in every session, then we’ll be in good shape.”