New season, new cars and new war paint proved to be full of trials and errors at yesterday’s test at Phillip Island.
Our friends at GearWrench came out to catch up with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team crew and caught all the action. Check it out above!
But the hot topic of the day was our new mate Garth Tander, who made his way onto the track for a feel of his new team’s vibes.
“Well, the original plan was that I wasn’t going to do laps. But any car driver worth their salt will always have their gear in the back of the car,” he laughed.
GT said there weren’t too many issues despite the #97 Commodore not having any ergonomic work done on it yet.
“It was good for me to do a couple of laps and experience that feeling and whether that correlates with me and it did straight away.
“It was good to experience, and I’ll get plenty of opportunities throughout the year to continue experience that.”
Despite sharing a few laughs in pit lane, Tander will put all jokes aside come Bathurst: “Hopefully we will get the last laugh in the last quarter of this year.”
While GT had a blast behind the wheel of Shane’s bull for the first time, we’ll be honest – it wasn’t all smiles in the Red Bull Holden garage.
While the time sheets on test days realistically mean very little (200km old tyres, anyone?) there was no hiding the fact that J-Dub and SVG weren’t stoked with how they ran as the team is in the process of wrapping its head around the handful of regulation changes for the year.
Fear not though, friends! The engineers are already working hard to get those gremlins sorted. The workshop gates have been locked, the Red Bull is on ice and Chef Super Mario is batch cooking for several all-nighters.
With only 13 days left until we hit the track for the first time at the Adelaide 500, that clock is stopping for no one.