SHANGHAI CIRCUIT AN EYE OPENER FOR TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL After being amongst the pace setters in the wet Team Betta Electrical's Craig Lowndes and Steve Ellery eventually finished tenth and eleventh respectively in drying conditions following...
SHANGHAI CIRCUIT AN EYE OPENER FOR TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL
After being amongst the pace setters in the wet Team Betta Electrical's Craig Lowndes and Steve Ellery eventually finished tenth and eleventh respectively in drying conditions following the two hour practice session at the Shanghai International Circuit this afternoon.
Teams got their first taste of the $600 million dollar Shanghai International Circuit today in wet conditions and were only able to change to slick tyres in the last half of the session, limiting the opportunity to set the cars up for the dry.
Although a semi wet session was not the ideal way to start the event the Team Betta Electrical driver's enthusiasm was not dampened.
Both drivers are in awe of the magnificent facility with Lowndes remarking it was the most impressive circuit he had driven on.
"It is an absolutely fantastic facility unlike anything other I have ever driven on," Lowndes said. "I walked the whole track yesterday and I can tell you it is quite a long way round.
"It was raining when we first went out in today's session which made it a bit difficult to learn the circuit.
"The track has a really long back straight and driving on it today at nearly 300kph with a hard braking first gear hairpin was really exciting," he said.
"Turn one is interesting it really tightens up on itself and caused me a bit of a headache today trying to find the right line.
"The car is working well but I didn't get the best out of it and with only 30 laps in during the two hour practice session you have to make every lap count.
"I am confident we will go a lot better in qualifying the car is better than what we showed today," Lowndes said.
With the session red flagged on several occasions and cut short by eight minutes Lowndes team mate Steve Ellery was pleased with his times.
"It was really pleasing to stay on track and be fifth in the wet and eleventh in the dry," Ellery said. "We were consistent and nearly there.
"I think the circuit is just awesome but the first lap out in the wet was a definite eye opener.
"All the homework didn't prepare me for the track at all but I loved every second of it," he said.
"The car was really good but we set it up for the rain thinking that it was going to be wet all session, it was good in the dry but just not as good," Ellery added.