Shane van Gisbergen enjoyed a problem-free shakedown in the brand new #97 Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore at Queensland Raceway today.
It was the Kiwi’s first run in a full-blown Triple Eight entry, van Gisbergen completing 60 kilometres ahead of the team’s proper test day on Thursday.
“It’s a fair bit different from what I have been use to, also a lot different to what I have been driving the last few weeks,” said van Gisbergen, who won the Bathurst 12 Hour in a McLaren a little over a week ago.
“It was the perfect opportunity to settle in, it was great to have a run and shake the car down with no problems.”
Team manager Mark Dutton agreed that the shakedown went as smooth as possible.
“Ergonomics was the main thing we worked on today, as it is SVG’s first time in a Triple Eight-engineered car,” he said.
“It’s good to work these things out before the test day, so we don’t waste any time then. Other than that, it was a good day.”
Jamie Whincup was also in action at QR today, shaking down the brand new #888 chassis that Craig Lowndes will race this season.
Lowndes was meant to drive, but wound up sticking to the sidelines as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone sustained in a motorbike accident.