05 OCT 2018
Whincup's personal best lap around Bathurst brings provisional pole
Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell - Car #1
Practice 4 (Co-drivers) - 10th (Fastest Time: 2:07.8340)
Practice 5 - N/A *Elected not to run
Qualifying - First (Fastest Time: 2:04.1093)
Shane van Gisbergen / Earl Bamber - Car #97
Practice 4 (Co-drivers) - 11th (Fastest Time: 2:07.8565)
Practice 5 - N/A *Elected not to run
Qualifying - Fourth (Fastest Time: 2:04.3818)
Jamie Whincup - Car #1
"It was great to finally get on the track in the dry conditions today, it's been quite tough sitting out during the practice sessions because this is such an awesome track, one of the best bits of road in the world. The real hero from my day was the engineers, they took an educated guess on the dry setup which was bloody difficult, and I feel like our guys and girls did it the best out of anyone. The car is completely different to what it was here last year, so they did well. That was by far the quickest I've been around here in a Supercar, so I couldn't be happier, but I can't stress enough that it's still early days. The track was surprisingly quick, I expected it to be a lot more slippery than what it was. The conditions were cool so we had cool track temperature but there was zero rubber out there. I think we were lucky that the DVS (Super2 category) were out there before us so that got the dirt and mud out of the track to give us some grip. We've always given ourselves an opportunity in the shootout which is great because starting the race anywhere in the top ten at this track is good and we've guaranteed ourselves a good starting position for Sunday."
Paul Dumbrell - Car #1 Co-Driver
"I did a few laps in the dry which was good as I was able to get my head around the car and we were happy with the program we ran today. Obviously, Jamie did a phenomenal job in qualifying and whilst it's great to be in qualifying, our race is what we're all about so we'll put our head down overnight and think about Sunday. I will likely do a few laps in practice on Saturday morning because we haven't been able to do much of that and from then on, it's thinking about the race, what we need from the race and how we can make the car faster on Sunday afternoon, not necessarily on Sunday morning."
Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
"Qualifying today was alright - we did four runs where we got up to speed but it was very hard to go straight into qualifying with no dry running. However, we built up each run and became quicker and quicker as we progressed. We tried to tune the car a little and were not quite as happy as the other cars, so tomorrow's practice session is important for us. We've made a few shootouts now so that's pretty good although we're going into this one a little less prepared than normal. We will have to make the most of tomorrow's practice, it's important we work on the race car, give Earl some laps and maybe do some shootout practice so there's a lot there to get through. The car does feel good, but we just need to keep up with the track because it's not completely rubbed in due to the rain – from now on the track is only going to get better and better without the rain."
Earl Bamber - Car #97 Co-Driver
"It was cool to finally do my first dry laps around Bathurst in a V8 Supercar. I think we have a good race car for the weekend, we do need to work on it a little bit but it's definitely good and that showed in qualifying with all three Triple Eight cars making the Top Ten Shootout. I was happy to get into the sevens (seconds) straight away in my first session, that was cool. We were getting better and better towards the end of practice, so we know it's possible to go quicker. Hopefully we can now do a bit more race preparation because we haven't done much of that for a dry race. Tomorrow morning is important. The car was good, there's good momentum within the team, we just need to keep crossing off the dots, not get too complacent and make sure that we look over everything before the big race on Sunday."