Townsville: Kelly Racing practice report

BARGWANNA MAKES STRONG START WHILE RICCIARDELLO LEARNS TOWNSVILLE CIRCUIT Jason Bargwanna has made a strong start in practice for the Sucrogen Townsville 400 today aboard the ...

BARGWANNA MAKES STRONG START WHILE RICCIARDELLO LEARNS TOWNSVILLE CIRCUIT

Jason Bargwanna has made a strong start in practice for the Sucrogen Townsville 400 today aboard the #11 Rock Commodore.

Bargwanna, working on a new set-up direction this weekend, spent most of today's practice sessions in the top 10 on the timesheets.

He was 10th, seventh and sixth fastest in the first three practice sessions of the day but was forced to sit out the majority of the fourth and final session as his gearbox jammed.

Denied the chance to make a final green tyre run in the final stages, Bargwanna fell to 22nd on the overall times, but carries confidence into the weekend.

Tony Ricciardello drove his first laps of the 2.86 kilometre Townsville circuit today aboard his #16 Stratco Commodore.

The six-time Australian sports sedan champion gradually increased his pace across today's practice, looking for further improvement tomorrow as he comes to grips with challenging layout.

Jason Richards was fastest overall in practice today ahead of Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"We have spent most of the day well inside the top 10," said Jason Bargwanna.

"I think the Rock Commodore is very good and the new direction in set-up is working for us.

"But in the end, after about two laps in Practice 4 the car jammed in gear so that ended our day early.

"We had to stand and watch everyone else put good tyres on and do good times but we are still confident that the car is going to be up there tomorrow.

"I think that our of the truck we've been competitive and we tried a few different things a couple of times there during the course of the day the car was P1 in the session so that's always an encouraging sign.

"I think that we will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow in qualifying before we get too excited as in V8 Supercars anything can happen."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"The track here is quite challenging and it is fun to drive," said Tony Ricciardello.

"From that point of view it's been a great day learning a new track like this.

"We just struggled getting comfortable with the set-up and also getting a clear run.

"There is a lot of traffic and things going everywhere out there on the track with 28 other cars out there. To get a clear run in qualifying is going to be crucial.

"We've got to have a good think about our strategy and what we do for the race and hopefully we can bring the Stratco Commodore home with a good result."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bargwanna , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup , Tony Ricciardello