Pepsi Max Crew has debuted the FG X at Sydney Motorsport Park for the V8 Supercars SuperTest as Chaz Mostert proved the car's fast pace early with the leading time throughout the first session.
In his first outing in the FG X, Mostert remained in p1 for the majority of the first session before finishing in p2. Team-mate Mark Winterbottom also put promising times on the board as he adjusted to the FG X's new aero package.
Mostert spend the entire day on hard tyres, finishing the day in 17th, while Winterbottom trialled soft tyres, finishing in 12th place.
"Today was good, we had a few teething issues with the aero and things like that so they boys have a bit of work to do when we get back to the workshop to fix some things up but it was really good.
“The shift in the aero balance was what we needed. The car is looking promising. I don't think we’ve ever come to a test day here at Eastern Creek and been quite to competitive in practice so our program just had us on hards for the day because that's all we had.
“A lot of others ran softs so that put us right down the order towards the end but we're actually pretty happy with our hard pace. We've got a bit of homework to do tonight just to try and smooth the car out, we didn't do much setup stuff today so we'll do that and we'll see what we can roll out with tomorrow and have a bit of fun in the Super Shootout."
Chief engineer Nathaniel Osborne was happy with the progression of the day with only minor adjustments needed on the car.
"It's been good day, we've been productive and have done a lot of testing with the new cars. It was pretty trouble free considering it's a big push to get two cars ready in such a small amount of time so we're pretty happy with it.
“We've still got two cars running at the end of the day and they're relatively fast and the drivers are comfortable that we've made a step forward for the year so hopefully we find ourselves further up the grid more often.
“We had a couple of issues with the body fit not being together all day but we're on top of that now and it's all sealed up so no dramas, the day has gone pretty smoothly."
Testing resumes tomorrow with a practice session in the morning, followed by the Super Shootout in the afternoon.