Practicing perfection at the Paperclip Overcast conditions have welcomed teams today to Queensland Raceway for opening practice at the seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series. With a two-hour session of the ...
Practicing perfection at the Paperclip
Overcast conditions have welcomed teams today to Queensland Raceway for opening practice at the seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
With a two-hour session of the 3.1-kilometre venue the perfect chance for the teams who don't use Queensland Raceway as their test circuit to fine- tune, it gave Dodo Racing drivers Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup the chance to try their cars for the first time since testing at Winton in Victoria last week.
Whincup was 22nd fastest with Richards 23rd, though their positions in the order don't accurately reflect the positive day both had.
"It sounds strange but I've never been as happy but as low in the order!" said Whincup.
"Everything we changed on the car we got gains out of. We understand the hows and the whys of what we did today. The car was good to drive as well. We're not panicking because we know that there's some speed to come.
"We changed the car for the new tyres we put on but didn't get a return in terms of a much faster time. However, we're not worried because we know the reason why.
"The car had plenty of understeer at the start of the session but we dialled it out as the session went along."
Team-mate Richards was only marginally slower, though the Kiwi missed the final stages of the session after an incident at turn three.
"We were trying some new pads and I just had a wee little spin there and one of the BOC Falcons ran into me," said Richards.
"The contact popped the radiator. But we made good gains during the session, so I'm not too worried at this point. My engineer (Wally Storey) and I worked our way through a fair bit of stuff for the day."
This weekend is a longer race, with 280-kilometres to be run on Sunday. There will be two compulsory pit stops, one for tyres and one for fuel. As the event is one that requires fuel deployment, teams will have a warm-up session on Sunday morning for the first time all season. The V8 Supercars will return to the circuit tomorrow for qualifying at 1.20pm before the Top 10 Shootout at 2.20pm.