Wild, wet and windy, Winton offered a little bit of everything today for two practice sessions at the rural Victorian circuit.
In a day punctuated by no less than 10 red flags, worked at getting a set-up that optimised the handling for both the wet and dry conditions.
Shane van Gisbergen’s day was solid, with good pace shown in both wet and dry, finishing the day with p9 in the wet first session and p6 in the dry, slick running practice two.
Jonathon Webb’s day was a little more frustrating, with a couple of the red flags hurting his ability to validate set-up changes made across the day. Despite a track excursion in the rain, he is comfortable with the direction he and engineer Geoff Slater are taking, and is confident of a good showing over the weekend. JW finished the day with p26 in practice one and p25 in practice two.
We’ve got another practice session tomorrow morning, along with qualifying and a 60/60 sprint race in the afternoon.
How they saw it:
Shane van Gisbergen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
“We’re pretty good on the board, but the local guys got messed up by all the red flags and didn’t really get to set a time, so we don’t really know where we stand again. No one knows what tyres everyone is running, but the car feels good, it was nice on older tyres in the wet, so we’ll see where we are tomorrow,” said SVG.
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
“It was wet, dry and everything in between. I think it was good, the car wasn’t too bad at all. On the wet run, we were pushing on and as the tyre temps increased we were just going quicker and quicker. Right at the end of that first session we weren’t really going anywhere, so we decided to park it and work on a dry set up for the second session. We’re not too far away, which is good. The car is doing pretty much everything I want it to do, and we have some pretty good tyres as we didn’t get to use them today. We’ll see what practice tomorrow brings.”
TEKNO Team Manager
“I think today was pretty good, actually. conditions really dictated where we were today, and when you were out there at the right times. Shane’s run was pretty good, he’s pretty comfortable with the balance he has there. There’s a little bit of improvement to happen on Jonathon’s side, but we’ll get that done in the morning. I’m very confident of both of them being in the top ten.”