A barnstorming drive from James Courtney has catapulted him from 24th on the grid to 8th in the first-ever Supercars race at The Bend, while Scott Pye moved forward 5 spots right into 18th.
The gain of 16 locations consisted of 11 areas on the initial lap, which was impressive to enjoy.
After 3 practice to familiarise ourselves with Australia’s newest long-term circuit, certifying was unsatisfactory, with both vehicles battling to locate the grip required, causing Scott 23rd as well as JC 24th.
The work was ahead of us, and also both chauffeurs obtained stuck in.
Scott began on the nasty side of the track, which harmed him off the line but fought hard for the remainder of the race. In clear air, the automobile had good speed. There wasn’t sufficient of it, especially after a safety car and truck bunched the field back up on lap eight.
After his stellar initial lap, JC picked off the vehicles ahead one-by-one. With 5 laps to go, he attracted the fighting pack for fourth, however despite being quicker, he could not find the room to move forward further.
While the rate of the auto throughout the 24 laps was an additional advance, finding hold on a filthy track in certifying will undoubtedly be a central location to deal with overnight, to make sure that we offer ourselves the very best opportunity of a healthy outcome tomorrow.
We roll straight right into qualifying tomorrow morning, before a 200km race to round out the weekend.
” That was a little bit of fun, and it’s always nice to pass that many vehicles.
” The car throughout the race was beautiful today, as well as genuinely great in the opening laps. The guys did a fantastic work keeping that package.
” We just need to start a little additional up tomorrow to make life a whole lot less complicated for everyone.”
” Qualifying pain us today, mainly being on the dirty side of the roadway off the line.
” We require to remain to work at comprehending why we are struggling throughout the most popular part of the day.
” The automobile was excellent in the race; however, the balance was good; we simply required some clear air to relocate better ahead.”