Ford Pepsi Max Crew’s Chaz Mostert has made a welcome return to Queensland Raceway, finishing fourth, third and then second-fastest in practice for this weekend’s Ipswich 400.
Chaz, who claimed his maiden win at the circuit last year, was consistent and quick which bodes well heading into Saturday’s crucial qualifying sessions.
Team-mate Frosty was not far off Chaz’s pace and despite finishing sixth-quickest he was only 0.16-seconds off the benchmark.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford: 6th
“Today was solid but it is all about getting the most out of the car and extracting every bit of time. We have to qualify well, but a tenth of a second can be 10 to 15 spots here. Nail your lap, have a good car but nail your lap. It’s very hard to pass here as well, so qualify up the front and then use our tyre life to try and win the races. But if you’re not in the top five here I think you’re going to struggle to win the race because it takes you 20 laps to pass one person, so you’re soon out of laps. Qualify up the front, which is sort of the must-do here to win it.”
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford: 2nd
“We were pretty dialled in today and I am happy with how the day rolled out. There is work to be done but consistency is the key thing which will be critical come qualifying and especially in the races. We’ll find out in the morning just how much we’ve improved our one-lap pace. Practice is a gauge but everyone is running differing quality of tyres and levels of fuel so it is hard to know exactly where we are.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“We had an encouraging day today and in general we were happy with how the cars rolled out and then evolved as the day progressed. We had to deal with strong winds which shifted across the day and made it quite tricky at times. Chaz has obviously got his eye in early but we are keen to perform strongly in qualifying tomorrow as that has been a key focus area for us.”