‘Straight from the drivers mouth’ – Adelaide 500 Friday Practice

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

“We’re in the top 10 for both sessions, so overall that ticks the boxes for the day. I felt like we fell behind a bit in Practice 3. There were a few drivers out there who were obviously faster, but as you can tell by the times there’s nothing in it. We have plenty to learn, plenty to evaluate overnight, but overall I’m reasonably happy with how the day progressed. As we saw, there was little separating the top nine cars and unfortunately, I was at the back end of that pack. The times are very tight across the board which makes for great racing. As I said, we’ll change a few things with the car overnight, but we need to learn what these changes need to be first. At the end of the day, I didn’t hit the wall so I’m happy.”

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
“Overall, it was a good day. We got through our program and made some progress. I’m feeling a lot more confident in the car which is good. There’s plenty to learn, plenty to think about – it’s as close as it’s ever been which is absolutely crazy, but I’m really enjoying it out there. I’m looking forward to Race 1. It’s going to be a long day, but really looking forward to it and I think we’re on track for a great result. I think the changes to the car went well, we were running through our program and everything seems to be going well. (David) Cauchi (#88 Race Engineer) is doing a fantastic job and we’re learning heaps along the way which is all you can ask for.”

Walkinshaw Andretti United
Chaz Mostert – Car #25

“I’m not looking too far into it, It’s just awesome for me to see the emotion in the garage. Those guys have been – probably the last year or couple of years – they’ve been on the bad end of some results. To see the eyes light up, even though it is practice, to be at the pointy end and be able to mix with some of these great drivers and great teams out there, it’s exciting for those guys. We’ll just hopefully sleep a bit nicer tonight, try not to touch the car too much for tomorrow, and see if we can get up the pointy end. All today was just about trying to get into the 10, so it’s nice to be right at the front of the 10.”

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 Team Eighteen
Mark Winterbottom – Car #18
“The goal was to get in the top ten in both practice sessions given this weekend’s qualifying format where we go straight through to Q2 tomorrow so overall I’m wrapped,” said Mark Winterbottom.

“We cut it very fine in Practice 2 in 10th, which is as close as you want to get, but to then get fourth in the second session with a 1:19.6 is a great confidence booster for the team.

“We’ve made good progress today, the team are now focussed on Scott Pye’s car to fix that after he was unlucky with a component failure today, and I think he would have been up there as well given his earlier speed.

“We’re pumped to go racing tomorrow.”

Scott Pye – Car #20

“Unfortunately something on the front-right has failed but at a street circuit like this when something fails you pay a price,” said Scott Pye.

“The disappointing thing is it felt like the car speed was really good. We were competitive on a used tyre and I was excited to put some new tyres on it to see what we had.

“I’m lucky in a way that it happened at Turn 7 and not Turn 8 because it could have been a really shocking accident, but it was a shame to not be able to show the car’s true potential today.”