CALTEX TEAMS FINALISE TESTING Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall has "blown out a few cobwebs" after his one and only pre-season test and is ready to defend his V8 Supercar Championship. Ingall completed more than 100 laps of the Queensland ...
CALTEX TEAMS FINALISE TESTING
Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall has "blown out a few cobwebs" after his one and only pre-season test and is ready to defend his V8 Supercar Championship.
Ingall completed more than 100 laps of the Queensland Raceway in preparation for next week's opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series -- the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide.
"It was great to get back behind the wheel again. I guess it was a case of blowing a few cobwebs out," said Ingall.
"You can do all the training in the world, but there is nothing like driving the Caltex Ford to dial you back in.
"The guys had a few new tricks to try that they had been working on during the off-season and they all seemed pretty positive.
"We did some reasonable times on older tyres and I was pretty comfortable with the whole deal."
James Courtney did a similar amount of laps in his Caltex Havoline-lubricated Jeld-Wen Falcon in Stone Brothers Racing's first test of 2006.
Courtney did one test the day after joining the team back in November and was involved in several ride days before the end of the season.
"It was great to have more time in the car," said Courtney.
"I felt very comfortable in the car and we really got through a lot of gear in preparation for Adelaide.
"If there was one thing I learnt from the test it was how different these cars are on decent tyres."
The Caltex-backed Team Betta Electrical team of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup wrapped-up its pre-season testing at Queensland Raceway last week.
"We had a very successful test day, where we went through a whole heap of team procedures and systems," said Lowndes.
"All systems tests proved successful as well as the continuation of the development program of many Triple Eight Race Engineering designed and manufactured parts."