25 year old Canberra V8 Supercar debutant Dale Brede has completed his fourth and final V8 Supercar pre-season test session before the start of the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series on February 25. Brede completed the two day test at Phillip Island...
25 year old Canberra V8 Supercar debutant Dale Brede has completed his fourth and final V8 Supercar pre-season test session before the start of the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series on February 25.
Brede completed the two day test at Phillip Island on Thursday February 1, setting impressive lap times progressively as his NRC Racing team engineers sampled various set up and suspension modifications on the ultra high speed Victorian seaside circuit.
The Canberra driver's best lap time of 1:35.5 was enough to have placed him within the top three positions on the Konica Series starting grid last season, proving that the NRC Racing Holden VT Commodore is performing strongly as Brede's learning curve continues to ascend.
"We are racing to win this season - so our testing program has been vigorous to say the least. We achieved all of our performance goals at Wakefield Park, Winton and Phillip Island over the past three months and the team engineers will examine every byte of data gained during these tests to ensure that we come out firing at Wakefield in three weeks time," Dale Brede said.
"I feel very confident with my driving and with the engineering expertise that we have at NRC Racing so I can't wait to start this next exciting step of my career," Dale said.
After the oppressive heat experienced at last week's Winton test (45C), Phillip Island's more pleasant circa 30 degree temperatures on both test days once again gave the team the chance to evaluate the Commodore's warm track set ups. The team expects the Wakefield Park opening Konica Series round to be scorcher on February 25 at Goulburn, NSW.
The testing program undertaken by NRC Racing over the past three months is believed to be the most extensive so far by a team entered in the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series.
The Melbourne based NRC Racing team has acquired a new Mercedes Benz prime mover and an ex Gibson Motorsport three car transporter for the V8 Supercar program that includes the entire 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series and the FAI 1000 (Bathurst).
The two car NRC Racing Formula Holden team will also continue to develop Australia's best young drivers in 2001 with two yet to be announced season 2001 drivers piloting their New Zealand Grand Prix Series winning and Australian Championship runner-up Reynard 95D FormulaHoldens. /ends.
- NRC Racing