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Lowndes, Fraser hit the ground running at Bathurst

Craig Lowndes/Declan Fraser – Car #888
Practice 119th (2:06.2512)
Practice 2 (co-drivers only) – 21st (2:05.7700)


Craig Lowndes – Car #888
“It’s great to be back – no doubt it’s always a special place to come and race a race car around. The lead in week, weather wise, was looking terrible so it was really positive to have a dry session. We got through a lot of set up changes – we got a really positive feel for where the car is at – we got a good direction of where we want to go with the car and Declan (Fraser) did a fantastic job just then in the co-driver session. I think both of us are feeling really comfortable in the car, it flows really nice across the top of the mountain, we will just fine tune it now and see what the weather does tomorrow. For setups, we weren’t looking for outright speed, we were just looking to make sure both Declan and myself were both comfortable in the car. Today was just about getting familiar again with the car, circuit and conditions – then of course come tomorrow we will start ramping it up and turning it more into a qualifying car. I’ve got to now focus on that side of things for the first time in two years, so I’m a little excited about seeing if we get into the top ten.”

Declan Fraser – Car #888
“Today was my first ever main game session, so it’s pretty cool to tick that one off the list. We just worked through as much as possible and just built our speed up. We had pretty good pace and just need to make a few more improvements and hopefully tomorrow we can do a better job. The car feels amazing – so cool to be in a ZB Commodore around this awesome place and to be out there representing Supercheap Auto and Triple Eight and all of the other partners that are on board making this possible, it’s a very special feeling to me to be out there with the likes of Tander and Whincup – it’s very cool. For me, it’s just getting more comfortable with the ZB and the transition between that and Super2. Craig’s been instrumental in helping me transition between the two and I’m sure tomorrow we’ll figure it out even more. It’s been really cool just to gel with everyone and we’re all connecting really well which is good and hopefully by the time it’s Sunday we’re ready to give it a red hot crack.”