For the first time since the Texas 400, TEKNO has ended Friday practice with two cars in the top ten. In Texas, Jonathon and Shane battled at the front of the pack all weekend, and Shane left the Lone Star State with a third place trophy.
In what is a great sign for the last event of the season, both cars were fast from the first session of the day and only minor tweaks were needed to bring them up to speed, and make the drivers happy and comfortable.
The speed continued to build across all three sessions, with the final hit-out seeing Shane fourth fastest and Jonathon eighth quickest for the day.
Tomorrow we have qualifying, the top ten shootout and a 250km race that will finish in twilight, just after 7pm in the evening.
How they saw it:
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Practice position: 8th
“It was a much better day for us than we’ve been having recently. The car is pretty good, and we’re at a track I enjoy. Straight out of the gate we were fast, I’m enjoying the track, and enjoying the car. We haven’t changed too much, it was in the ball park and we haven’t gone too far away from that. There’s a few things for me to tidy up, the car is 90% there – Geoffrey [Slater – Jonathon’s engineer] will make it better, I need to make my driving a bit better and we’ll get this thing in the shootout.”
Shane van Gisbergen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
Practice position: 4th
“Yeah, we were in and amongst it all day, which was good. We had some good tyres, which makes a difference in practice – tyres are always the major factor on Fridays – but we’ll see where everyone really is when we’re all on the same stuff tomorrow. The car feels pretty good, and the times are coming so that’s the main thing.”