Friday practice at Queensland Raceway saw two sessions for the majority of the field, with an additional session for endurance co-drivers.
Both TEKNO cars were affected by the quality of their tyre bank, with Team TEKNO Darrell Lea’s Jonathon Webb and Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods’ Shane van Gisbergen running around on old rubber, compromising their speed all day.
In Practice one, Shane had issues with his steering, which saw him run only seven laps in the session, two seconds off the pace in p28. Jonathon Webb had a better session, despite his tyres, finishing p13 with a 1:10.8.
Practice two saw limited running for both cars, with the tyres making it difficult to learn anything from the changes that were made. Jonathon ran 10 laps, for p27 with a 1:10.92 and Shane 19 laps for p25 and a 1:10.78.
Practice three tomorrow morning precedes an early afternoon qualifying session and Race 22, a 60/60 format race starting at 3:40pm.
Car #19, Jonathon Webb, Team TEKNO Darrell Lea:
“It’s the same old story. It’s good in that it is our home track. We tested here last week, so I wasn’t too worried about today. We’ll put some tyres on it tomorrow, and we’ll see if the hard work we did at our test day will pay off. I can’t really take anything from today, but we learned some good stuff last week, so I’m feeling pretty good about the weekend.”
Car #97, Shane van Gisbergen, Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods:
“The car is fine, but we’re running around on tyres that are over 100km old, so it’s pretty pointless. We’ve got another practice session in the morning, but no tyres to run on. People who have crashed out have tyres to run on, so it’s just the way it goes. I’m looking forward to the races when we’re all on the same rubber. Then we’ll see what everyone’s got.”
Team Manager, Bruce Jenkins:
“It’s disappointing. It hides our true potential. If we had a set of tyres, we’d be well inside the top ten. It’s frustrating to sit there and watch the drivers suffer. It’s been a hard day, but we’ve got another one tomorrow, and we’ve got a set of tyres that we can put on tomorrow, that will hopefully give us a better indication of our qualifying pace. We’ll see in the morning!”