Six Holden Commodores have made their way into Saturday’s famous Top-10 Shootout at Mt Panorama under treacherous weather conditions during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
Both factory Red Bull Holden Racing Team cars made the Shootout with Shane van Gisbergen setting the quickest time for a Holden with the third fastest lap.
“A few minor issues out on track but it was a little bit of everything out there; the car and the driver in the wet conditions for the qualifying session. We didn’t stress too much,” said van Gisbergen.
“We had a good start to the day this morning. For qualifying we put wets on without changing the setup and just drove the car. We did well considering the car had a dry setup. We were hoping it might dry a little bit in the session but that wasn’t the case. In the end it was all good.”
Both Brad Jones Racing cars made their way into the Top-10 with some stella laps that saw the #14 Freightliner Alliance Racing Commodore in 5th and the #8 7-Eleven Mobil Racing Commodore in sixth.
IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom put in a huge last lap to put himself into tomorrow’s Top-10 Shootout while Penrite Racing young gun Anton de Pasquale slotted his way into tenth to steal the last spot in the shootout.
“The car is really strong in the dry but not so good in the wet, which is a pretty common trait. It’s definitely our weakness so I wasn’t really feeling that good, but I was able to push quite hard. That’s about all I had so I am really happy to be in the ten.
“I’ve just got to do a good lap tomorrow. I think there are a few cars ahead of us that we have technical speed over so we’re not in a bad position.”