Sunday 16th June
0825: The air con is cranking in the RBHRT B-trailer right now while SVG and JDub switch their brains into qualy mode. T-minus one hour.
0730: Good morning! It’s our final day in Darwin and it’s all about the racing,
Saturday 15th June
Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Practice 3 – Third (Fastest Time: 1:06.3640)
Qualifying – Eighth (Fastest Time: 1:06.3365)
Race 1 – Fifth
“The story of the day was just poor qualifying. We had a good race car and we raced hard on what I thought was a good strategy. But when you qualify eighth, you can’t expect to be on the podium unless something drastic happens and the competition is too tight to plough through the field. There are some positives, but really we just made mistakes in qualifying – little errors, which is why we didn’t qualify well. We just need to clean up those little errors for tomorrow and hopefully qualify well to give ourselves half a chance. There’s nothing in particular to work on for qualifying, the balance is just out. It’s basic motorsport things!”
Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Practice 3 – Ninth (Fastest Time: 1:06.6421)
Qualifying – 12th (Fastest Time: 1:06.5323)
Race 1 – Eighth
“From practice yesterday we made huge changes overnight and I thought it was a lot more promising today, but then in qualifying we just had more of the same. We couldn’t make the new tyre work, so we’re missing something there because we did the same time on old tyres at the start of qualifying as we did on greens. Bizarre! In the race, I got a good start, then we had the safety car. Our pace was good and I think we did the strategy right. The car felt fine, we just need to get qualifying right and then we’ll be able to race up the front. We don’t know what we’re doing on new tyres and it’s hard to know what to do to make it better, but the car is fine as a race car – fast enough, competitive. We just can’t get the pace there in qualifying.”
1740: 🏁 It’s safe to say that the story of the day is poor qualifying. Bring on tomorrow!
1645: Well, so far this race has provided some thoroughly entertaining racing!
1610: The green flag is just around the corner. Better not leave this there by mistake, not very aerodynamic…
1510: How would you prepare for a race if you were SVG? By watching more racing of course! There’s plenty of carnage in this Porsche race, let’s just make sure we’re not copying…
1445: Have you heard? CL is out and about – sighted at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team trackside store ✍📸
1400: So maybe Lowndesy didn’t bring the luck of the Irish.
JDub – P8 – 1:06:3365
SVG – P12 – 1:06:5323
1310: Look who’s popped in to say hi for qualy!
1130: That’s promising…
JDub – P3 – 1:06:3640
SVG – P9 – 1:06:6421
1050: Practice 3 comin’ at ya! 😎
0930: We just can’t get enough of you guys! It’s time for another autograph session at the merchandise store. If you’re not here at the track, check out the Red Bull Holden Racing Team range online.
0810: If you’ve ever wanted to meet the drivers, now’s the perfect time! We’re heading into pit lane for the Super Walk so you guys can get up close and personal with the Team and cars.
0740: Who thinks we should invest in a shower for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team transporter for post-pit stop practice? 🙋♂️
0720: Talking about fitting a lot into one day! We’re even dragging Lowndesy out of the Fox Sports air conditioning to say hi to all you wonderful peeps.
Friday 14th June
Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Practice 1 – 12th (Fastest Time: 01:07.1005)
Practice 2 – Third (Fastest Time: 01:06.2660)
“We got through our program today which was good and (David) Cauchi did a great job of balancing the car. We were the best of the rest. There is obviously some work to be done back at the workshop to catch the team beside us. I feel like we have made some progress after the two practice sessions so that is a big positive for today.”
Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Practice 1 – Third (Fastest Time: 01:06.8163)
Practice 2 – 11th (Fastest Time: 01:06.5930)
“We had a few issues today during the practice sessions which never really is part of the plan. We can see however that there is a lot of potential with the car so we will have to do some work tonight. The heat out there on the track sucks and it’s a challenge for any driver to try but we are trying to cope the best we can. For tomorrow we will just have a few things to tune up. I think the race pace will be fine but like last round we will need to figure out the proper set up in practice to be ready for qualifying.”
1420: Well, today just seemed to fly by fast and it was extremely hot out there for the drivers. We managed to quickly catch them before they headed into the air conditioner chamber of the A-trailer to debrief about the session.
JDub – P3 — 01:06.2660
SVG – P11 –01:06.5930
1405: Seems the communication issues have been sorted and the focus shifts to making the car perform better out on track.
1355: Not quite what practice is about – SVG is out of his car again.
1140: Mixed results at the end of the first practice. Debrief will not doubt steer us in the right direction.
J-Dub – P12 — 01:06.1005
SVG – P3 — 01:06.8163
1110: Could it just be that the heat is getting to SVG while the crew work on his car?
1100: Gearing up for a double dose of practice sessions today. As SVG said, we need to get it right so that qualifying ain’t so hard.
0940: Straight down to business and heading out to see the fans at the top end. Thank you for lining up to see us!
0900: Hello DARWIN! There is a lot of sun, heat and cars so let’s get the day rolling.
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