Red Bull Racing Australia have set the pace in Tasmania, despite having to overcome a mechanical issue on the No.1 Holden Commodore early in the day.
Lowndesy was the man to beat today as he topped the time sheets in both first and second practice and finished second in the final session to his RBRA teammate. His time in practice two of 0:51.3055 was the fastest of the day.
“We had a great three practice sessions today and the car is working well,” Craig said.
“JJ and the team have worked hard to adjust to the changing conditions as the day has gradually improved weather-wise.
“It’s an early qualification tomorrow with only 10 minutes on a cold track so we’ll have to find our space as soon as we can but we’re in the best position to do that.”
Meanwhile, Jamie had to come from behind as a mechanical issue hit early in practice one meaning he was unable to set a time. He couldn’t be held down for long though and he was quickly back at the pointy end of the time sheets, finishing fourth and first in the two remaining session respectively.
“We had one little issue in the first practice session this morning with the power steering which would normally take 15 minutes to fix but with the new shorter sessions we had to sit the rest of it out.
“We were in catch up mode from then but we were lucky enough to be quick out of the truck with the team putting in some good work to the car before the weekend. We put on a good set of tyres in practice three and ended up being quite competitive.
“It’s a challenging track at Symmons Plains to get the tyre temperature up with only a few corners in cool conditions but I’m confident in our setup for the rest of the weekend.”
We’ve got two 10 minute qualifying session tomorrow kicking off at 11.30am AEDT, with two 100km races at 2.35pm and 4.35pm. Check out telecast times here.