SBR solid on day one of the Bathurst 1000 Stone Brothers Racing has made a solid start to its 2008 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 assault, with both BF Falcons inside the top 12 in Thursday's opening practice session. SP Tools Racing's Shane...
SBR solid on day one of the Bathurst 1000
Stone Brothers Racing has made a solid start to its 2008 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 assault, with both BF Falcons inside the top 12 in Thursday's opening practice session.
SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb were ninth fastest at the end of the two-and-a-quarter hour practice, followed closely by the JELD-WEN Motorsport duo of Jam es Courtney and David Besnard with the 11th fastest time.
The SP Tools Racing crew had a smooth session, Webb taking the wheel in the first 30 minutes before handing the BF Falcon to van Gisbergen, who did the majority of laps and set the number-nine car's fastest time of 2:08.7499 seconds.
In contrast, the JELD-WEN Motorsport team had a small hiccup early when Besnard scraped a wall late in the first 30 minute practice.
The ensuing repairs chewed into the second 30 minute session, Courtney able to use only the final ten minutes to blow out the cobwebs before getting down to business in the final one-and-a-quarter hour session.
The JELD-WEN Motorsport and SP Tools Racing Falcons will be back on track at 9:20am tomorrow for two 30 minute practice sessions before qualifying at 2:05pm.
The SBR Fujitsu Series entry, piloted by Webb, made a strong start to the round, second fastest in practice one and two.
James Courtney, #4, JELD- WEN Motorsport
"We didn't have a lot to play with in terms of tyres today because the car was so hard on them at Phillip Island.
"It messed us around a little bit but we got it together towards the end of the session and we went quicker after a late change on old tyres so there is potential there.
"It's only Thursday so we have plenty of time to work on the JELD-WEN Falcon."
David Besnard, #4, JELD-WEN Motorsport
"The idea was for me to do more laps in the last session but we found ourselves in a little bit of trouble set up wise so we left James in the car to sort it out.
"The JELD-WEN Falcon isn't quite where we want it but we were getting closer today and we can work on it overnight to get it right."
Shane van Gisbergen, #9, SP Tools Racing
"We were probably a little further off than we would have liked at the start of today's practice.
"The SP Tools Falcon wasn't that shiny; but it got a lot better throughout the day.
"It's all laps and every lap helps to get a feel for the car.
"It's only my second year at Bathurst but its great to have that one year under the belt; it makes a huge difference."
Jonathon Webb, #9, SP Tools Racing
"I only got two timed laps in the last part of practice but the SP Tools Racing Falcon was so much better. It just got quicker and quicker each lap.
"You can get into it and drive it hard rather than balancing it around the track. It's got good balance and it's not too nervous.
"Doing the Fujitsu Series is working out well too; the Tekno Autosport car was good in the first practice today, second fastest, and it's great to get the extra miles."