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.
“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.