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The Bottle-O Racing Team’s Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) led Friday’s Practice 2 at the Auckland SuperSprint, setting a practice lap record of 1m01.63s around the 2.91-kilometre circuit south of Auckland.
After leading the first session of the day in mixed conditions, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) posted the third quickest lap in Practice 2, ensuring both he and Holdsworth will automatically advance to the second round of qualifying on Saturday.
Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) and Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) did not post flying laps in the first practice before managing 12th and 13th, respectively in Practice 2.
Supercars action on Saturday begins with Practice 3 at 11:20 a.m., NZST, before Race 23 qualifying at 1:55 p.m. Cars will line up at 3:45 for Race 24, a 70-lap, 200-kilometre race.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m03.00s, 7th
Practice 2: 1m01.63s, 1st
“Obviously a super quick track today, the new surface was just mega to drive on, and you just kept on pushing harder and harder…It’s going to be super, super tight this weekend, but my car was really hooked up. We made some good changes throughout the day, and obviously I want to have a really strong round. I’m still searching for that podium this year, and it’d be great to do it in Kiwi-land.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m08.41s, 19th
Practice 2: 1m02.33s, 13th
“I was trucking on for a time well in the ten at the end of Practice 2, but I sprayed it at the last corner, which obviously put me back a bit. The good news is the car’s a lot better than we showed today, and we can still make the car a lot better than that. A bit of a nothing day, really, but we’ll come back tomorrow.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 1: n/a
Practice 2: 1m02.18s, 12th
“Obviously the team cars are pretty quick, and the car felt pretty good for me, but just a little bit down the order today. I don’t want to be too alarmed, we’ll come back tomorrow, we’ve got another practice, and we’ll get into the day, so fingers crossed we’ll turn it around.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m02.45s, 1st
Practice 2: 1m01.79s, 3rd
“Result-wise, P1 and P3 was definitely a good day. It’s going to be tight, we rolled out a really good car again, so definitely thanks to Brendan (Hogan, engineer). I think we’re lacking a couple little things, the car feels good, but certainly we need to just unlock a couple little things overnight. We tried one or two major things in the session just to try and understand and it wasn’t quite what we were after, so we were methodical in our work, we went back to what we knew, and now we have some good info tonight. We can be confident in what we’ve got and really attack something for practice tomorrow morning to hopefully give us that little bit more. We’ve obviously got some good data with Lee being super-fast, so great job by the team. My car’s really nice, a lot of fun, hopefully we can just squeeze a little more out when it counts.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“You can’t be upset leading both practice sessions, but it’s just that, practice. We’re pretty confident in our cars and Cam and Chaz will be quicker tomorrow, we’re not concerned about that. The field was really close today and with the potential for rain tomorrow, it could be a pretty exciting day. But for now, we’ll do our homework, see what more we can get out of the cars, and go again tomorrow.”
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