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SVG shootout bound, #88 qualifies P14 in wild conditions at The Mountain

Broc Feeney/Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Practice 3 – 17th (2:05.4520)
Practice 4 – Second (2:31.2961)*
Qualifying, Race 30 – 14th (2:25.1274)*

Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander – Car #97
Practice 3 – 10th (2:05.0372)
Practice 4 – First (2:30.2922)*
Qualifying, Race 30 – Fourth (2:24.0665)* 

#97 will receive a three-grid penalty added to its Top Ten Shootout result following a post-qualifying investigation 

*wet weather conditions


Broc Feeney – Car #88
“Surprisingly, we got a dry session in at the start of the day, so we did a fair bit of tuning to the car because it was probably our last dry session before the race. The rain then came for Practice 4 and for qualifying. I struggled quite a bit out there myself at the start of P4, but I’m still building up my confidence in a supercar at this track in the wet. We put Jamie (Whincup) in at the end of the session to make sure everything was all good and he went really well. He went straight to the top and ended up in P2, so the decision was made to put Jamie in the car for qualifying just on the basis that he was faster. It’s a good thing for me – I was happy to sit back and was well and truly happy for him to qualify today. We just missed it towards the end of qualifying which is a shame, but we managed to get P14 and we know we can do it from there.”

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
“It was a disappointing qualifying result in the end. We were in the top ten the whole time, but then we just dropped out at the last minute. I’m yet to look at the data to find out what’s actually gone on, but the track was drying out and getting faster and we weren’t accelerating as far forward as the rest of the field were. It’s still TBC why that is, but overall, it’s disappointing. The team made the decision for myself to qualify #88 as they thought I was the best option considering the tough conditions out there – I certainly didn’t put my hand up and say that I should be qualifying. I took the opportunity and did the best I could, but I would have loved to have been in the top ten but it wasn’t to be today. All we can do now is look forward to the race and who knows what Sunday has in store for us.”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
“It was pretty tough conditions out there today. At the end of the day, we made the shootout which was our target, but this variable weather makes it so tough and it’s hard to know if P4 is the right place to be. Being in the shootout at Bathurst is always a pretty cool experience and an awesome achievement. We had a good wet car to work with which is all credit to the team, so hopefully we can capitalise on this for tomorrow’s practice sessions in the wet. I also managed to get a few dry laps in this morning which was good. It looks like Sunday afternoon will be dry, so it’s good for both Garth (Tander) and I to get comfortable.”

Garth Tander – Car #97
“Today was a very different day compared to yesterday. Today’s focus was all about full tank running and race preparation. It was important that Shane (van Gisbergen) got a lot of dry running this morning because he didn’t get as much yesterday, so we gave him the majority of Practice 3 and then I jumped in for a bit at the end. Overall, the car feels good, the race package is feeling good, and clearly we have a fast car in the rain from what Shane has proven. It looks like I’ll get a bit of wet weather practice tomorrow which is good and then all eyes forward for Sunday’s race.”