Adventuring in the Northern Territories has been the perfect preparation for Hidden Valley's challenges according to Jason Bright who was on the pace in practice today.
The Team BOC driver, who has been helicopter fishing, crocodile hunting and riding airboats in the lead-up to this weekend's races, finished 14th fastest and quickest of those not to use the soft-rubber tyre.
He is now optimistic of being competitive against form-men Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup in tomorrow's qualifying at 11.30.
"At the end of the day we were the quickest car on hard tyres so we'll have to see how it pans out in qualifying but we came here with just hard tyres for practice and the car was pretty good out of the box.
"I was happy with the times that we did first up. I think we stayed in the top times all day of anyone that was running hards and we used Winterbottom and Whincup as our benchmark for most of that period. They seem to be setting the pace for most of this year and when they were on hards we were around their times.
"I think we were probably holding in there with our tyre life. That's our strength on this kind of circuit so I'm confident that we're definitely in the mix. From now on it's all about qualifying well, making good starts and having good pit stops. Those are the areas that we've not got right the last couple of rounds. When it all goes right we can win."
2013 SKYCITY Triple Crown ? V8 Supercar C'ship ? Races 17-19
HIDDEN VALLEY RACEWAY
01 Mark Winterbottom, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford, 1:09.2649
02 Tim Slade, Heavy Haulage Australia Racing, +0.1980
03 Scott McLaughlin, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +0.1982
04 Shane Van Gisbergen, TEKNO Team VIP, +0.2476
05 Michael Caruso, Norton 360 Racing, +0.3802
06 Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, +0.4378
07 Alexandre Premat, Fujitsu Racing GR, +0.5553
08 Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing, +0.5767
09 James Moffat, Norton 360 Racing, +0.6736
10 Rick Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, +0.7528
14 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.8703
Published: 14 June 2013.