09 NOV 2019
Red Bull Holden Racing Team bookends the grid for tomorrow's Sandown 500
Jamie Whincup / Craig Lowndes - Car #888
Practice 4 – Second (01:07.5442)
Qualifying – Second (Fastest Time: 01:07.9158)
Qualifying Race 1 (Co-Drivers) – Second
Qualifying Race 2 – First
Shane van Gisbergen / Garth Tander - Car #97
Practice 4 – 18th (Fastest Time 01:08.2247)
Qualifying – Fourth (Fastest Time: 01:07.9663)
Qualifying Race 1 (Co-Drivers) – Third
Qualifying Race 2 – DNF
Jamie Whincup - Car #888
"The car was good, and poles have been few and far between this year, so we'll certainly take this one. With the rain coming down we pushed hard. Craig did a fantastic job in the co-driver race to start us in a good position for the second race and my car was very quick so we were able to claim only the second pole for the year which is pretty lean for our standard. There is a battle for the teams' championship that is going on, and we are trying to do whatever we can but probably lost a few points today but looking ahead to tomorrow."
Craig Lowndes - Car #888
"Throughout the practice session and qualifying the car performed extremely well. For my race today, it was great to get a reasonable clean and dry run. It sprinkled in parts but to hand the car over starting in second to pole was for me a big tick in the sense of doing what I have been asked to do. The beauty is we feel like we have been searching for speed, but this weekend certainly feels like we are getting on top of it. Jamie did a sensational drive in these tricky conditions, so I am looking forward to tomorrow starting in pole position. It's going to be basically wake-up in the morning and see what the weather provides."
Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
"We were up the front in qualifying, then Garth's race went well. He got a good start and he was pretty cautious when the damp came; we didn't have the pace. We started third for my race in mixed conditions. We went safe, starting on wets, but I just simply misjudged turn one and the closing speed to the car in front and unfortunately came into contact with Anton (de Pasquale) which put us out. I'm sorry for them because Will (Brown) had done a good job putting them on the front row in the first race and it wrecks two young guys' days who were going pretty well. I'm kicking myself, but hopefully we can make it up tomorrow. We'll think about strategy tonight, who starts, how to get out of the traffic and start moving to the front. We'll put our heads down and try to come up with something."
Garth Tander - Car #97
"My race went reasonably well. I got a good start, got a couple off the line, settled in behind Craig and was pretty comfortable there in second. When the rain came my car balance just went away too much and young Will Brown did a good job, he was prepared to take more risks than I was at that stage, so he got me. As it dried out, we were the quickest car again. The car was good, I was happy with our race to bring it home third. We'll look at what strategy options we have available to us tonight for starting off the back tomorrow. The good thing is we can be hyper flexible with our strategy because I'm confident I can run as fast as any of the main drivers, so if it ends up that I'm running against the main drivers I think I can hold my own."