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Busy day of testing for Queensland V8 teams

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Wednesday 1st June, 2011 - 3:53pm

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Jeremy Moore, Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes at today's test at Queensland Raceway

Jeromy Moore, Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes at today's test at Queensland Raceway

Queensland Raceway is abuzz today with 15 V8 Supercars taking to the track for testing.

Championship squads TeamVodafone, Jim Beam Racing, Stone Brothers Racing, Paul Morris Motorsport, Triple F Racing and Mother Energy Drink Racing have been joined on track by Fujitsu Series entries from Miles Racing, Triple Eight Race Engineering and Fujitsu Racing/SBR.

With less than three months remaining until the L&H 500 at Phillip Island, several of the championship teams have taken the opportunity to provide their endurance co-drivers with much needed miles.

Reigning Phillip Island and Bathurst winner Mark Skaife has already spent two hours aboard Craig Lowndes’s Commodore, and says it’s been a busy day so far.

“I haven’t driven here properly since the last test day here before Bathurst (2010), so it’s great to get some miles in,” said Skaife.

Four Stone Brothers Racing Falcons are testing today

Four Stone Brothers Racing Falcons are testing today

“There’s been a lot of changes during the season, based on the performances of the car and what the team have learned from the sprint races ahead of the enduros.

“There’ s a lot of stuff going on today.”

With Jamie Whincup’s co-driver Andrew Thompson spending plenty of time in his own Monster Energy-backed Fujitsu entry, the two-time V8 Supercars Champion has had the #88 car largely to himself.

“It’s good to get out and cut some laps and really try to find the answers to a few myths that we’ve generated in the last few rounds,” said Whincup.

“It’s been a good day, the rain has stayed away which is the main thing, and we’ve got a little bit more knowledge on a few set-up things.”

Australian rally driver Chris Atkinson has taken to the wheel of Russell Ingall’s Paul Morris Motorsport Commodore – stay tuned to Speedcafe.com for words from the former Subaru World Rally Team driver on his experience.

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