Speed in practice does not always translate to qualifying, as Jason Bright found out in Darwin last month, but he is hoping today's result bodes well for Townsville.
The Team BOC driver finished the day's practice sessions P12 with a good understanding of the car and says that a bit of 'tidying up' and some fresh rubber should see the team somewhere near the front.
V8 Supercars qualifying starts tomorrow at 11.20am.
"We were probably running around on tyres that weren't up to the job and it wasn't until half-way through the last session, when we put a better set on, that we got a proper read on the car. We made an improvement, which gave us some good information for tomorrow.
"In Darwin we were third in practice and looking alright but, in the end, we weren't as strong in qualifying as we should have been. We're still suffering from some of those things that affected us there but hopefully we'll be quick tomorrow, when it counts. We've certainly got more to try.
"There was definitely more in that lap. It could have been a low 1m13s for sure. We were one of the first to do tyres and the track rubber comes up during a session like that, which would have been worth some time. I also had way more under-steer than we'd want for a qualifying run so if we tidy that up it will be close to the mark."
Sucrogen Townsville 400-V8 Supercars Championship Race 14&15
TOWNSVILLE STREET CIRCUIT
01 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing Team, 1:12.8310
02 Michael Patrizi, Tekno Autosports, +0.0424
03 Jonathon Webb, Tekno Autosports, +0.1531
04 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, +0.2025
05 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing Holden, +0.2527
06 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing, +0.3908
07 Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, +0.4921
08 Dean Fiore, Jim Beam Racing, +0.5515
09 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing, +0.6042
10 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone, +0.6202
12 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.6882
Published: 06 July 2012.