Saturday at the Bathurst 1000 was a fantastic one for TEKNO, with Shane van Gisbergen getting a run in the Top Ten Shootout, with a fantastic lap securing him fourth position for the start of the Bathurst 1000 Classic.

In what was a relatively quiet day, the V8s ran in a 50-minute practice session this morning, before a six-hour break until the Top Ten Shootout started at 5pm.

The Team TEKNO Darrell Lea Car 19 crew and drivers Jonathon Webb and Marc Lieb worked hard on their set-up overnight, and found some great gains that meant they ended the morning practice session in p9, showing promising pace for tomorrow’s race.

Marc Lieb got some good running in on green tyres for the first time in the weekend, however track conditions at the time weren’t ideal, and hampered his pace. He is consistently fast on older tyres, and will be a great partner to Jonathon tomorrow.

The Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods’ drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Jeroen Bleekemolen also spent the morning session fine tuning their chassis ahead of SVG’s appearance in the Shootout. He ended the morning session p4, in a sign of things to come.

In the Shootout, Shane was the fifth runner out onto the circuit, and put in a stellar lap that at the time put him into p1, 0.7 seconds faster than Craig Lowndes with a time of 2:08.28. He was followed by James Courtney, Jason Bright, Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup. Courtney was slower, however each of the other three improved on SVG’s time, with Whincup taking pole with a 2:07.88.

161 laps and 1000km are ahead of us tomorrow, and we can’t wait!

How they saw it:

Jonathon Webb
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Bathurst 1000 Starting Position: 20th

“It’s been a pretty lonely old day for me! We had a quick session this morning, and the car seems much better, we weren’t a long way off, we just need to sort a couple of things, and I think we found those today. The car was great on old and new tyres, and Shane obviously tweaked a few things as well and it’s great for us to have him up the front. I’m still disappointed to be starting 20th, knowing we have a great car and a great team behind us, but we’ll push forward and see where the day takes us.”

Marc Lieb
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Bathurst 1000 Starting Position: 20th

“I’m feeling pretty good. For sure, we have some catching up to do tomorrow. It will be a long race, coming from p20. It was really cool to watch the Shootout and see the cars going so fast across the mountain; it’s been a great experience. Now I’m looking forward. I had some great time on good tyres, although the track wasn’t ideal with some oil down, but the car is great on old tyres so we just need to have a good run tomorrow.”

Shane van Gisbergen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
Bathurst 1000 Starting Position: 4th

“Yeah, it was quick lap, but the track was cooling so much and the rubber was better. It’s been awesome, and to start from p4 tomorrow is nice. It’s a long race, which means qualifying doesn’t matter so much, but the further up the front you start, the better. There’s a lot of pressure to do one lap with everyone watching, but I was pretty excited at the end!”

Jeroen Bleekemolen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
TBathurst 1000 Starting Position: 4th

“Shane is doing an absolutely fantastic job. I knew before we got here that Shane was one of the best drivers in this category, he’s been going quick for many years here, so teaming up with him is great. I’m really looking forward to the race. It’s going to be tough, putting some extra weight on my shoulders that we’re running so far up at the front, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve had many laps in practice now, so bring it on!”