Live Diary: Sydney SuperSprint Friday

6:00pm – How do you spend your Friday night? We’ve got the guns out and running through some pit stop practice!

SMP Friday pit stop practice

4:20pm – Another windy 45mins practice session to round out the day, Jamie finishing 9th and Shane in 13th. The wind has certainly put a tough spin on today’s practice, hear how the guys got on:


“It was really tough conditions out there with the wind, it was crazy windy which was really effecting the car’s balance but that is the same for everyone so that’s really not an excuse for lack of pace. We didn’t quite get the balance right and we’ve got a fundamental issue that we’ve really got to get on top of as well. I’m confident we can move forward tomorrow without doubt, I’m not sure whether we’ll find the full six, seven tenths but I am confident we will move forward so I don’t feel as bad as what the time sheets show at this stage.”

Jamie Whincup Friday practice SMP


“Today was okay. It feels like the car is really good, we have just been battling the wind and figuring out the best way to get the car around the track, it’s a completely different circuit with the wind. Tomorrow the wind could be the other way so we have to start again, so not too sure where we are at but the car feels okay.”

Shane van Gisbergen SMP Friday practice

2:55pm – Hey, so this happened yesterday and it was pretty cool. Turns out Shane and Kiwi footy ace Marty Taupau grew up just around the corner from each other in Auckland. Chur bro!

Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team meetd Marty Taupau Manly Sea Eagles during the Red Rooster SuperSprint, in Ipswich, Australia, August 17, 2017.

1:40pm – Back in the shelter (aka garage) after a windy practice 1. JW finished up p3 and SVG p14.

12:40pm – We are about ready to head out of the garage, and onto a very windy circuit for the first practice session today. Hold on to your hats!

11:40am – Our pens and smiles got a workout this morning. There will be another signing session tomorrow morning in merch alley.

Red Bull Holden Merchandise Signing session

8:00am – Don’t forget to hear over to our official store on track to get yourself a signing card. The guys will be over there at 11:10am this morning. See you there!

7:00am – Hello from SMP! Here’s what’s in store for today:

Red Bull Holden Racing Team SMP Friday