14 SEP 2018
Co-drivers Bamber and Dumbrell ace practice at Sandown
Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell - Car #1
Practice 1 (Co-drivers) - First (Fastest Time: 1:07.8467) *Practice Lap Record
Practice 2 - First (Fastest Time: 1:08.0680)
Practice 3 (Co-drivers) - Sixth (Fastest Time: 1:08.7552)
Shane van Gisbergen / Earl Bamber - Car #97
Practice 1 (Co-drivers) - 14th (Fastest Time: 1:08.7871)
Practice 2 - Second (Fastest Time: 1:08.0680)
Practice 3 (Co-drivers) - Second (Fastest Time: 1:08.6262)
Jamie Whincup - Car #1
"I wasn't on the track for a whole lot of today but the track was radically different to how we've ever seen it. The car is reasonable, we'll just keep working on it tonight to get good pace and come in strong tomorrow morning. At this track, we have generally had a good quick car but we just make rookie errors over the later part of the weekend so we're not looking at car pace at the moment."
Paul Dumbrell - Car #1 Co-Driver
"The car was good today. The grip was obviously really good at the start of the day but it went away as the day went on and it became more like a typical Sandown track. And like Melbourne, it was always going to rain, so it looks like it's going to be wet and get worse throughout the day tomorrow. We had a huge amount of grip today, it happened at Winton a few years ago, whenever they refill the holes it gives you huge grip. I would've thought it may have lasted a bit longer but by the end of the session it was back to standard Sandown 30-year surface."
Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
"Earl went well today, he did more laps than me but I will do more laps tomorrow morning. The track was really funky with the rubber that was on it so I expect tomorrow will be different because that's gone, as well as the weather factor. It was a good day, a good start, all three cars are fast. Earl got up to speed quite quickly which was expected, he's a top driver and we all know how good he is and now it's up to me to qualify up the front so he's in and amongst all of the good co-drivers for his race."
Earl Bamber - Car #97 Co-Driver
"It was good out there, I really like the track because there are loads of left-handers and I'm left-handed. Obviously it's one of the tracks in the calendar that I don't know so it was a bit of a challenge to come here and learn the track, but Shane was a massive help to coach me and teach me everything. I also think I got a bit lucky because normally it's super low grip here, but there was something funky with the track today and it's really high grip, although it did take a while to get going and get used to. After that, we chipped away and I just tried to focus on my driving and get better. At the end we managed a good time, we got to do a bit of race prep stuff, I did a practice start as well, so we are sort of all prepared."