Wednesday 6th September
5:25pm – Dutto: “It was a good test day. We got lots of stuff done, more than you normally would at a pre-enduro test, more setup stuff. Obviously that’s representative to how competitive the season is this year. Everyone worked really well, we couldn’t be happier.”
5:00pm – That’s it, kids! Tools down, we’re wrapping our final test day of the year.
4:35pm – J-Dub: “We’re running through a lot of things for the season of endurance – running in brakes, gearboxes, mechanical parts. We’re also trying to find a little bit more performance in the car, particularly in the qualifying area.”
3:50pm – Cauchi: “In the morning we were just running through some enduro work, then we got into some actual performance stuff and so far we’ve found a few positives. We did some pit stop practice, then we tried to hone in on a few of those earlier changes to try to fine-tune it a bit.”
2:55pm – Matty is having no problems at all getting back into the Supercars swing of things.
2:20pm – Paul “The CEO” Dumbrell has cut about 10 laps and reckons the retro livery definitely makes the car go faster.
1:10pm – Pit stop practice is done and those driver changes are looking pretty speedy. One of the benefits of Matty being a skinny mini!
12:25pm – Shippy: “The priority is seat time for Matty. He’s spent all year racing, which is good, but not in a supercar, so we’ve got to get him out of the Porsche habits and into Supercars style and that’s our priority today.”
12:00pm – Grub’s up! Time to stop for a spot of lunch and a can of Red Bull before we roll into pit stop practice. What’s on the menu? Mario’s famous steak sangas.
11:10am – Testing update: the cars are going in circles a lot. Jamie is cutting the most laps in #88, while PD keeps the world going round on his laptop, and Matty is getting some solid seat time as SVG kicks his feet up for a mid-morning nap.
10:45am – Look what we found! It’s starting to feel a lot like summer.
9:50am – Even if we say so ourselves, the RBHRT cars look pretty damn good under the Queensland sun.
8:40am – Ah, the sweet sound of race engines. Must be time to hit the track.
7:15am – Double names on the windows. We’ve got those enduro feels!
6:45am – Check ’em out! The RBHRT retro-inspired liveries are hitting the track for the first time today and we reckon they’re looking mighty fine.
6:20am – Roll call! Yup, everyone’s here bright and early for our final test day of the season. And it’s a big one! We’ve flown in our co-drivers from exotic locations – Monza for Matty Campbell and… well, Melbourne for PD – and they’re taking their seats in the Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodores ahead of the most exciting time of the year. It’s enduro season, baby!