Queensland: Caltex Racing Friday report

LOWNDES FIFTH AS ALL CALTEX DRIVERS FINISH IN THE TOP 15 Caltex-backed drivers have all finished in the top 15 positions in practice for Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, Queensland ...

LOWNDES FIFTH AS ALL CALTEX DRIVERS FINISH IN THE TOP 15

Caltex-backed drivers have all finished in the top 15 positions in practice for Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, Queensland today.

Caltex-backed drivers have won the past four rounds held at Queensland Raceway and after a solid day in practice things are still on track for that trend to continue.

Caltex Ambassador Craig Lowndes was fifth fastest in today's session in his Team Betta Electrical Falcon and team-mate Jamie Whincup was right behind the three-time V8 Supercar champion with sixth in his Caltex-backed Team Betta Electrical machine.

Russell Ingall's Caltex Racing Falcon performed solidly today and the defending V8 Supercar Champion placed 13th in practice with qualifying and three races still ahead. Ingall used today's session to experiment with set-up and the Caltex Racing driver is confident of a strong showing tomorrow on the team's test track.

James Courtney continued to progress along his learning curve in his rookie year in V8 Supercar competition, putting Jeld Wen Motorsport car - lubricated by Caltex - in 14th position after today's practice. Courtney missed the early stages of the session with engines problems, but was soon back out on the track to get his car in the top half of the field without needing to use any of his allocation of new tyres.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX RACING
"With Queensland Raceway being SBR's test track, we have plenty of information and circuit data already," said Ingall.

"We used today's two-hour session to test more unique set-ups looking for further gains.

"In this game, you have to try new parts and components all the time to look for that bit extra.

"We are not overly worried about today's result. We will revert back to a more usual set up for qualifying tomorrow."

CRAIG LOWNDES -- TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL
"We had a case of Darwin de'ja'vu today," said Lowndes.

"Our first set of practice tyres were not quite as good as we thought and I didn't do a time on them at all.

"Once we got out onto our newer tyres late in the session we were able to try a few things and get some direction for tomorrows qualifying."

JAMIE WHINCUP -- TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL
"My car was very good on newer tyres, we just need to find a bit more traction tomorrow," said Whincup.

"The track was very unusual today, the wind give the car a totally different feel to what we experienced in testing last week.

"I am positive we can make a few more gains tomorrow, there is definitely more to come from the car."

JAMES COURTNEY -- JELD WEN MOTORSPORT
"We were hindered with some engine problems throughout the session today. We had virtually no running in the first hour," said Courtney.

"Knowing the track, I was really keen to get straight into it so it hasn't started quite how we wanted it.

"But we had a couple of positives from today; we are in the top 50% for qualifying and we didn't use any new tyres today so we have three sets for tomorrow."

-cr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup