Goddard tops QR test, major miles for Triple Eight

The #97 Red Bull Ampol Commodore completed 166 laps at Queensland Raceway

Zane Goddard was quickest in pre-season Supercars testing at Queensland Raceway, but it was Red Bull Ampol Racing that clocked the most laps.

The YellowCover Racing driver set a 1:09.0257s early on in proceedings when conditions were coolest at the Ipswich circuit.

Goddard completed 78 laps in all, his 16th lap the quickest of the day in the #35 entry.

Anton De Pasquale was second fastest for the Shell V-Power Racing Team on a 1:09.0318s, just 0.0061s adrift of Goddard’s benchmark.

Goddard’s Matt Stone Racing team-mate Jake Kostecki was third fastest on a 1:09.0404s, a mere 0.0147s away from top spot.

The Triple Eight Race Engineering entries lay fourth and fifth, with Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen sharing their cars with their respective co-drivers Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander.

The #88 and #97 entries completed a combined 297 laps, the van Gisbergen/Tander car cutting the most laps of all with 166.

Dick Johnson Racing returnee Will Davison was sixth, completing 90 laps with a best lap of 1:09.4946s.

Team Sydney duo Garry Jacobson and Fabian Coulthard rounded out the eight entries, team owner Jonathon Webb also cutting laps in the #19 entry.

For Matt Stone Racing, it was the second test of three for the team having had its first rookie day on Wednesday and another rookie day coming next Tuesday.

“Busy boys, three days over a week, it’s pretty hectic, but we’re making a lot of good progression compared even from Wednesday to now,” Goddard told Speedcafe.com.

“The car feels a lot better. The whole team is doing a good job.

“Obviously Jack Bellotti has stepped up from data engineer to race engineer, so he’s doing a fantastic job and then having Nathan [Leech, MSR senior engineer] oversee that as well has been really productive.

“It puts me in a good mindset. I’ve got a lot of confidence in them, my mechanic is doing a really good job as well. I’m in a really good headspace.”

Southern-based Supercars teams were set to run at Winton Motor Raceway next Tuesday but have had their test pushed back due to Victorian lockdowns.

Supercars pre-season test, Queensland Raceway:

Pos Driver Laps Time Diff
1 Zane Goddard 78 1:09.0257
2 Anton De Pasquale 95 1:09.0318 +0.0061
3 Jake Kostecki 57 1:09.0404 +0.0147
4 Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes 131 1:09.1803 +0.1546
5 Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander 166 1:09.3734 +0.3477
6 Will Davison 90 1:09.4946 +0.4689
7 Garry Jacobson 90 1:09.7908 +0.7651
8 Fabian Coulthard/Jonathon Webb 66 1:09.8308 +0.8051

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