V8SDS: Howard Racing Winton Friday notes

Howard Racing quickest in Winton practice Reigning Fujitsu V8 Supercar Champions, Howard Racing have commenced their Round 3 campaign at Winton Motor Raceway on a positive note, with Andrew Thompson posting the fastest time overall in today's...

Howard Racing quickest in Winton practice

Reigning Fujitsu V8 Supercar Champions, Howard Racing have commenced their Round 3 campaign at Winton Motor Raceway on a positive note, with Andrew Thompson posting the fastest time overall in today's two practice sessions.

The morning session was held in wet conditions and while Team Principal Mark Howard has experienced some wet weather V8 Supercar racing, team mates Andrew Thompson and Adam Sharpe got their first taste of driving a V8 Supercar on wet tyres. With wet weather predicted over the course of the weekend the Team used the session to familiarise themselves with wet race setups.

The three kilometre Winton track dried considerably in time for the second session and all teams were able to move to slick tyres. With the V8 Supercars' development series last appearing at Winton in 2004 Mark Howard is the only Howard Racing team driver to have previously raced at the circuit.

Andrew Thompson circulated in the top five for most of the session before leaping to the top of the timesheets with only a few minutes left on the clock.

"I am quite happy with where we are," said Thompson. "That was my first time on wets today and it is the first time I have driven a V8 Supercar here.

"We used the first session to work on a consistent wet race set-up which was very beneficial, especially given the forecast for the weekend."

"I went out hard quite early on my slicks and made a couple of little mistakes trying to get a clean lap in the traffic."

"The car was very good and got better as the session went on," Thompson concluded.

Team Principal Mark Howard utilised the two practice sessions to familiarise himself again with the track and said his 28th position was not a true indication of the Teams' pace.

"It has been a few years since we last raced here and I have to say I a little rusty out there," Howard said.

"Today's results do not portray the true pace of the car as I spent both sessions today familiarising myself with the track again to make sure I get the most out of tomorrows qualifying."

"We are all very pleased with Andrew's performance today especially as he has never driven a V8 Supercar here before," Howard added.

In his first ever outing at Winton, brit Adam Sharpe was inside the top twenty of both sessions.

"The first session was rather interesting as it was my first time here and it was raining," said Sharpe.

"I felt like I was thrown in at the deep end, but having raced in the wet quite a bit in Europe I came to grips with the car quite quickly."

"I was hoping to be a bit quicker but with Andrew on pole we will look at what was done with his car and try a few things before tomorrows qualifying," Sharpe concluded.

The Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series plays a supporting role to the 'main game' at Winton, and the Howard Racing drivers will qualify and contest with the first of the three races tomorrow.

On Sunday the reverse grid format will once again come into effect during race two.

-credit: hr

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Drivers Andrew Thompson , Adam Sharpe , Mark Howard