It was another jarring day for some at the Bathurst 1000, with the grand old track taking another scalp in the form of Chaz Mostert’s DJR Falcon during practice in the morning. Chaz was OK, but the DJR Team will have plenty of work ahead to get their car straight for Sunday.

TEKNO again has a solid, trouble free day, with the pace coming to the cars as the track rubbered up and the chassis were more finely tuned.

The Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods combination of Shane van Gisbergen and Jeroen Bleekemolen showed good speed all day, with p7 for Shane in the morning before heading into qualifying, with a place in the Top Ten Shootout the goal. Shane achieved this, running a 2:08.28 for fifth place.

Jeroen again had good, strong pace on old tyres during the day’s first, co-driver only session, where he was doing solid 2:11s on stint-old rubber, showing good signs for Sunday.

Team TEKNO Darrell Lea’s Jonathon Webb and Marc Lieb had good runs too, despite a niggling issue compromising their power down across the high-speed sections at the top of the mountain. They continue to tune the chassis, and will hopefully pin-point the issue before Sunday’s race.

Marc enjoyed his day, again working on his race pace on worn rubber, also running solid, consistent laps in the 11s.
As a result of their issue, the best Jonathon could achieve in qualifying was p20, and they will be back on track in Practice 6 tomorrow morning.

How they saw it:

Jonathon Webb
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Qualifying position: 20th

“Generally the car feels pretty good, but there’s been one key issue that’s been bugging us all weekend and we’re not sure where to go, or what to do to get rid of it. If we can get rid of that, we’ll be fine. It’s not giving me the confidence to get into the throttle aggressively across the top, and without that confidence it’s pretty tough. Other than that, it will be a really good race car. If we can tidy that up, and give Marc and I that confidence to get on the throttle in the high speed stuff then it will be fine.”

Marc Lieb
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Qualifying position: 20th

“I think we made the car better than it was yesterday, and improved it a bit, and I’m pretty happy with my pace and my confidence so far. It’s my first time here at Bathurst, and it was a tough start but I’m now getting to where I want to be, obviously qualifying was a bit disappointing, and we’re struggling with pace. We don’t know where it is just at the moment, we’ll work on that and we’ll see tomorrow and of course on Sunday. It’s a 1000km race, so qualifying is not as important as it can be, and with a good strategy we’ll be able to move forward.

Shane van Gisbergen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
Qualifying position: 5th

“That’s the first goal of the weekend achieved, we wanted to make the top ten, it didn’t matter where we ended up, just as long as we were in it. The car is pretty good, I think we’re one of the fastest over the top, but there are a few other things we need to work on, but overall it’s pretty good. We’ve worked on the race pace as well, and it feels OK. We’ll know on Sunday for sure!”

Jeroen Bleekemolen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
Qualifying position: 5th

“Yeah, it’s great. I always knew that teaming up with Shane here would give me a good chance to be in the top ten, and maybe even more than that, and he proved that today. I was pretty happy with my run this morning, on old tyres I was well on the pace, so yeah it looks good, I should be on the pace for the race as well, and I’m really looking forward to it!”