08 NOV 2019
Lowndes negotiates tricky Melbourne conditions to top Sandown practice
Jamie Whincup / Craig Lowndes - Car #888
Practice 1 (Co-Drivers) – 16th (Fastest Time: 01:08.6371)
Practice 2 – Ninth (Fastest Time: 01:08.2716)
Practice 3 (Co-Drivers) – First (Fastest Time: 01:07.8356)
Shane van Gisbergen / Garth Tander - Car #97
Practice 1 (Co-Drivers) – First (Fastest Time: 01:08.1548)
Practice 2 – Sixth (Fastest Time: 01:08.1336)
Practice 3 (Co-Drivers) – Fourth (Fastest Time: 01:07.9537)
Jamie Whincup - Car #888
"Believe it or not I actually felt like a co-driver today. I just did a brief half an hour session; it was half wet and then ended up in the gravel, so it was literally a few laps today which is obviously out of the norm. As a result, I feel like I haven't done enough laps out on the track to know if the car is good, bad or otherwise. Today though was more about Craig and for him to do the job with the car setup. His time at the end of the final practice session shows the car is there or thereabouts. We will see what tomorrow brings as it's predicted to rain again so we'll see what rolls out when tomorrow rolls around."
Craig Lowndes - Car #888
"The weather is a funny thing. You can never predict it and today was proof of that. We move the events to make it better for all so hopefully today was the worst of the three days. I think the interesting thing is this is usually the first round for the enduros which means that the co-drivers get more seat time, which now is funny as this year Sandown is the final round of the endurance races and we don't really need the seat time. It is what it is, and I have really enjoyed spending more time behind the wheel today. My next seat in the car will most likely be in the qualifying race and I am looking forward to tomorrow with points up for grabs for the co-drivers."
Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
"I didn't do much today, but the car is really good. We had relatively dry sessions throughout practice. It was fairly wet when I started, but it came good and the car was good. Hopefully there will be a lot more laps tomorrow, but it was a decent start to the weekend for everyone. We're not sure what we need to work on for tomorrow yet, we'll work that out in debrief. Some more track time would be good, to try and do some longer runs tomorrow and get some laps in before the race."
Garth Tander - Car #97
"It wasn't too bad today. The car was pretty good straight out of the truck. We just tuned it to the new grip conditions here with all the resurfacing that's taken place. I thought we made some gains through the day. It was nice of Shane to jump in for half an hour and do some driving! Then I got back in at the end. I think we're in a pretty good spot for tomorrow. The weather didn't create many challenges, given the forecast of Armageddon that we were meant to get here today. We got all dry running, so we were surprised. I think we've got a pretty good dry car and then we'll just wait and see what weather Melbourne delivers us tomorrow."