Jamie has claimed the first blood of 2015 with not one, but two pole positions for tomorrow’s two 125km races at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
“It’s fantastic to be on pole and it’s an amazing feeling, but I wasn’t expecting it at all. It all seemed to fall my way, which was very fortunate as it doesn’t always happen that way,” JDub said.
“We were a little unsure after the test as it didn’t go to plan, but you can’t read much into that with the old tyres and high track temperature. We did a lot of work over the last few weeks to prepare and improve, but no doubt everyone has done the same thing.
“Fingers crossed it’s a little cooler tomorrow as it’s pretty hot in the car. The rubber is forever going down and the track’s getting grippier, but it’s going to be on tomorrow. It’s all so close, so we’ll see what we can do.”
Red Bull Racing Australia teammate Lowndesy qualified eighth and seventh respectively for the two races in qualifying sessions that showed just how tight the competition is going to be this season.
“We’re happy, but it would have been nicer to be further up,” he said. “Last year we started on the front row. Everyone’s evolved and everyone’s got quicker.
“It’s going great with Grant McPherson, my new engineer. We’re working really well and getting better and better as every outing goes along.
“To be honest, qualifying wasn’t our best. We lost a couple of tenths in our first run due to my mistake. The second run was probably as good as we’re going to get, maybe another tenth or two, but Jamie has been the class act today, so we’ll sit down and look for more speed for tomorrow for the races.”
Tune in tomorrow for the last practice session at 10:10am local time, which will be shown live on Fox Sports, and for the races from 1:45pm live on Ten.