Practice ran smoothly for Team BOC's Jason Bright at Sydney Olympic Park today with a schedule of changes delivering the fifth fastest time after three sessions.
Bright says the car felt strong all day and is hopeful of qualifying well for the weekend's two races to minimise risk at the unforgiving street circuit. He is not overly concerned, however, saying the 250km race format will see strategy play just as important a role.
V8 Supercars will be back on track tomorrow at 11.55 for qualifying.
"We've been on the same tyres all day and were reasonably competitive, even though we didn't look too sharp in the third session. That was mainly because most people ran their second set of tyres then whereas we waited until the fourth.
"I think fifth is pretty good considering I wasn't really happy with the first half of my fast lap. It wasn't that strong at all. I'd had a lock up the lap before so was cautious to start with but we made a lot of time back in the second half of the lap. We're only a few tenths off and there's definitely that in the car for sure.
"It's going to be important to qualify up the front here but they're long races and different strategies mean it all gets mixed up at the end of the day. Clean air means cool brakes and all the car's temperatures stay down though, so that would be ideal. When you're back in the pack it's hard work. I certainly intend on being in the first bunch."
Sydney NRMA Motoring & Services 500-V8 Supercars-Races 35&36
SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK STREET CIRCUIT
V8 SUPERCARS - Practice Combined
01 Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Racing Australia, 1:27.7038
02 Scott McLaughlin, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +0.1107
03 Mark Winterbottom, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford, +0.3298
04 Shane Van Gisbergen, TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods, +0.3731
05 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.3803
06 Will Davison, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford, +0.4991
07 Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, +0.5295
08 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O FPR Ford, +0.6329
09 Jonathon Webb, TEKNO Team Darrell Lea, +0.6424
10 Alexandre Premat, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +0.71
Published: 06 December 2013.