10 AUG 2017
Simona completes final rookie test
Simona De Silvestro has completed her third and final rookie test with a productive day of running at Winton Raceway yesterday.
The Supercars Championship provides eligible new drivers three 'rookie test' opportunities throughout the season, and yesterday's effort demonstrated how far the #78 Team Harvey Norman driver has developed since the start of the year.
Sengled Racing's Rick Kelly was on hand to assist and compare data throughout the day. Check out Simona and Rick's thoughts below...
The next round of the Supercars Championship is the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint, 18-20 August. The 3.9km circuit at Sydney Motorsport Park was the venue for this year's pre-season test. The Altima of Rick Kelly recorded the fastest time that day, so the whole team is excited to return.
Simona De Silvestro - #78 Team Harvey Norman
"We checked off a lot of boxes that we've had on our list throughout the whole year, so it's been a really productive test. The first few rookie days were definitely focused more on my driving and how I have to adapt to the car. Now I feel that box is checked off. Yesterday was about new things in the car and trying a few things we wanted to do during race weekends, but we weren't too sure if they were positive. So we got to compare those, which was good for the team.
"It was great to have Rick in the car. He was able to find a few things that were different from my car to his car. It's always good to find out these things. The car is still new, I'm just getting used to some things, so it's good to have someone else with a lot of experience that can try them out and give feedback.
"I'm looking forward to going to Sydney because it's a track that I know. The test day went well last time, and it was early in the season, so now I'm looking forward to going and racing there with all the things I've learned throughout the first half of the season."
Rick Kelly - #15 Sengled Racing
"Earlier in the year, it was about working with Simona on her driving and adapting to the car. Now six months into the year it's more about driving the car to confirm changes we've made and discussing the direction we're heading.
"You can really see that the progress has shifted from working with a driver that is fresh with the car, to working with a driver to progress the package we've got. From that point of view, it's good. We can overlay data and progress quicker. For me, it was a pleasant day. We'll get some stuff out of the test as a team, but it's also good for Simona to get a lot of laps and confirm some things she's been working on this year."