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Live Diary: Auckland SuperSprint Friday

5:00pm We caught up wth the drivers post-session to see how they’re feeling:

Jamie Whincup – Car #88

“Thankfully, the rain stayed away as it was supposed to be wet all day but it just never came. It was great to get out on, what I call, the new Pukekohe circuit because there have been quite a few resurfacing changes which has completely changed the dynamic of the whole circuit. Cauchi (David Cauchi, Race Engineer) worked hard behind the scenes to make the car nice and balanced, we were there or thereabouts but we still need to go better tomorrow to stay in the top five. It’s a bit of a Ford whitewash, they’re quick around here so it’s great to be representing Holden somewhere up the front there, and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

“The first session was junk, but we did some pretty good work between the sessions, worked the boys hard over the break, and straight away the car was much nicer. Then we were able to go about tuning it properly. The change we thought would be really good for the first session was just irreversible, so that was a shame, and we had to take the time to make it better. Second practice was much better, stayed on track the whole session and felt really good. We made good progress, so we’re feeling better for tomorrow.”

3:55pm A successful session with Jamie finishing P2 (1:02.7307) and Shane coming in P6 (1:02.8483).

3:10pm Practice 2 is underway! Let’s see how the guys pull up this time.

Jamie Whincup of Red Bull Holden Racing Team during the ITM Auckland SuperSprint,  at the , Pukekohe, , November 03, 2017.

12:05pm Practice 1 complete. J-Dub comes in P3 (1:02.9404) and Shane drops to P13 (1:03.5736).

11:50pm First red flag so we’re in the garages, SVG jumps out and the crew begin set-up changes for the next sesson. J-Dub waits out the red flag to finish the last ten minutes of the session.

11:30am We’re underway at Pukekohe. Plenty of tweaks to the set-up of both bulls so far.

11:00am 15 mins until our first practice session!

8:45am Those orange numbers look good, let’s hope they stick around for a little while longer πŸ˜‰

7:00am Kia ora! We’re in Pukekohe and we’re ready to go!