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Supercheap Auto wildcard drivers Zane Goddard and Craig Lowndes complete first test day

Zane Goddard – Driver Car #888

“This is my first brand new supercar, so I was stoked that the team let me do the first few laps, seeing as though they had both Craig (Lowndes) and I to choose from! Craig and I have been working together well so far. We’ve previously done some stuff together in the early stages of the Gen3 development, so we already know how each other speak in regard to what we want out of the car and how to get the most out of it. So far, we’re both wanting the same things from the car which is a positive – we’re not fighting to go in one direction and not the other, and working with Wes (McDougall, #888 race engineer) has been good. We worked together a few years ago, so that definitely accelerated the learning process as well, and we have great synergy. All in all, I’m super happy with how our first test day is going.”

Craig Lowndes – Car #888 Co-driver 

“It was fantastic to have the on-track debut of our wildcard today at Queensland Raceway. Zane drove it out of the garage for the first time and it was great to finally see it out on track. We’ve seen the car in the workshop getting built and putting panels on it, but now you can actually hear it and see it. For Zane, it’s great because he’s never had a brand-new car, so he got to break it in. Today is all about giving Zane more miles – I’ve been in the car to evaluate it and give my feedback on where I think the car is at. Zane and I talk the same language which I think is really positive, but right now is more for Zane to get his head around the car, the style of the car and understand what the team’s philosophy is of the car before we head into Darwin. The car felt really nice – we made some adjustments with the suspension which the car is responding to, and I’ve been giving my feedback to Wes throughout the day. It’s great to have this program to get the youth into the sport, and although Zane has already been there, hopefully through this wildcard we can get him back into the main game.”