It was a day of learning for TEKNO at Sandown today, with our international co-drivers Marc Lieb and Jeroen Bleekemolen getting up to speed with both the V8 Supercars Car of The Future and the slippery Sandown circuit.

Jonathon Webb and Shane van Gisbergen took a back seat today, spending a minimal amount of time in the cars just to validate a few set-up changes to allow their co-pilots plenty of familiarisation laps.

In what was a very fast day – with eight drivers under the lap record – TEKNO went with a softly, softly approach to get the drivers comfortable with their steeds ahead of what will certainly be some bump-and-grind racing in the two 20-lap qualifying races tomorrow.

A broken roll bar for the #19 Team TEKNO Darrell Lea Commodore meant that what little set-up time was compromised, but with another practice session tomorrow there’s plenty of time to get it right.

How they saw it:

Jonathon Webb
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore

“It’s been an interesting day, giving Marc plenty of laps, but at the same time making sure that he’s got a car that’s nice and comfortable to drive. It started off not too badly, with the car in the ballpark. I then had a small off, which we didn’t think much of at the time, but it looks like it broke the roll bar on the way through. It didn’t break fully, just enough to hinder us, and we didn’t really pick it until the end of the day. Thankfully we didn’t go a million miles away with set-up, but we probably haven’t been able to get too much out of today, aside from the good track time for Marc.”

Marc Lieb
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore

“I think it was very important to get some laps, and the team was very nice to give me enough time to get familiar with the car. Of course, the first two or three laps are always a shock again, but then you just get your head around it and then it was getting better and better every lap. Tomorrow, the quali race will be a learning race for me, for sure, but then for the main race I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

Shane van Gisbergen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore

“Just a couple of runs for me today, and then Jeroen had the car for the rest of it. He did a pretty good job, it’s hard for him without any test days, it’s just a case of jump in and see how you go. Pretty good, just built up the speed and built up to the high speed stuff – that’s a pretty tough corner up there. He got better and better, and then I got in and did a couple of runs on a better set of tyres. We’ve got another practice session in the morning, and I’ll probably do more laps then.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore

“I’m pretty happy, it was a fun day, for sure. It’s great to be back in these cars, and I think after a day of running we are quite close to where we should be. I’m sure there’s still some room for improvement but I’m pretty confident that we’ll be competitive for the races.”