Repeating last year?s victory at Winton seemed a far cry after sustaining so much damage at Abu Dhabi earlier this month but Jason Bright says Team BOC is still a contender.
Bright, who finished ninth fastest after today?s four practice sessions at the northern
Victorian track, was sixth fastest in the last session and says it was better than he had
expected given the extensive repairs the car has undergone in the last week.
V8 Supercars will be on
track from 13.25 tomorrow afternoon for qualifying and the 47-lap race (race
27) starts at 16.05.
?We ended up sixth in the last session and I wasn?t expecting that. It could be because we?re running the same set-up from last year so it?s a known quantity and we just kept tuning that in the last two sessions.
"The car feels pretty good, but it could be better. I do feel that we are potentially in a stronger position than last year though because we?re more competitive at this point than we were then. We were 18th on combined practice times then and our one-lap pace was our weakness; that?s looking a lot better this year.
?The big question for me is whether
there?s going to be any tyre degradation like we saw last year. The other
difference is that it was a complete soft tyre round last year and this year it
isn?t. That changes things immensely. I think it?s the main reason our racing
hasn?t been as good this year because it takes away from strategy.?
2012 V8 Supercar Championship Series - Races 27 & 28
WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY
V8 SUPERCARS - PRACTICE COMBINED
01 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, +1:23.7726
02 James Moffat, Team Norton DJR, +0.1858
03 Dean Fiore, Jim Beam Racing, +0.2329
04 Tony D'Alberto, Team Hiflex, +0.2483
05 Alexandre Premat, Fujitsu Racing, +0.2872
06 Michael Caruso, Fujitsu Racing, +0.3008
07 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford, +0.3414
08 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford, +0.4021
09 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.4398
10 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing, +0.4621
Published: 16 November 2012.