12 OCT 2019
Red Bull Holdens to start Great Race from top five
Jamie Whincup / Craig Lowndes - Car #888
Practice 6 – 20th (Fastest Time: 02:06.3437)
Practice 7 – Sixth (Fastest Time: 02:04.0849)
Top Ten Shootout – Fourth (Lap Time: 2:03.9505)
Shane van Gisbergen / Garth Tander - Car #97
Practice 6 – Sixth (Fastest Time: 02:05.1821)
Practice 7 – Fourth (Fastest Time: 02:04.0046)
Top Ten Shootout – Fifth (Lap Time: 02:04.1136)
Jamie Whincup - Car #888
"We are happy with today as we maximised what we could. Being on the second row of the grid is a good spot to start the great race. At this stage, unfortunately we don't have the pace of the other cars out on the track, but I feel like the engineers have done a really good job to get us here. It's now about working with what we have to maximise the balance across the car. As a team we can't have any weaknesses tomorrow. Everyone has to perform at a high level across the whole team to have any chance tomorrow and I feel if every single person does that then we are in for a show."
Craig Lowndes - Car #888
"It's a great effort from Jamie to get into the top 10 yesterday in the difficult conditions and then today to be able to improve the car over the short two half-hour practice sessions. The car feels really nice for me as a race car. Jamie did a good job today in the shootout. There's always a great amount of pressure for any driver to be put under in those circumstances. We now know that we will be starting in fourth tomorrow so it's a credit to him and the team. It's going to be a long day tomorrow but we are starting on the second row and I couldn't be happier."
Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
"It wasn't the greatest lap to have for the Top Ten Shootout. I probably could have given it a little more. Having said that, fifth position isn't a bad place to start the race. We have a straight and fast car so it should be all fine for tomorrow. Unfortunately, practice wasn't very good for us out there on track earlier in the day. We were happy yesterday but when the rain came the track was washed out and went back to being clean so possibly hurt us a little. We aren't too worried about it though. Most likely we will go back to yesterday's setup and hope that the track will work with us. I haven't had any thoughts about tomorrow just yet so we will just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings."
Garth Tander - Car #97
"It was a good day for me and the team. Both cars were in the top 10 and now both cars are starting the race in the top five. For car 97, in this morning's practice we had a good run. For me in particular, I felt comfortable in the car on light fuel and old tyres and then full fuel and newer tyres. The practice session strategy was for me to get a read of how the car could potentially behave in the race. I'm happy with how the car felt and progress we have so made so definitely looking forward for tomorrow."