Prodrive Racing Australia has enjoyed sunny conditions in practice at Barbagallo Raceway as the team returns to the track after a considerable break from racing.
Mark Winterbottom's late dash in the first practice session saw him finish third after a late setup change and was able to continue that form in the second session to finish third once again.
The experienced Ford driver says he enjoys the hour-long sessions as they give you the chance to make changes that will properly assist race preparation.
Chaz Mostert, along with stable-mate Andre Heimgartner, were the only cars from within the Prodrive Racing fold to not run the soft tyre during the day. Mostert was able to finish 12th and 17th.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max PRA Ford:
“It was an interesting day. This year we have four sets of tyres, last year we had seven and the track condition has gotten worse so it's pretty hard to manage. Tomorrow will be the test with all new tyres on and go a second quicker and then re-learn our whole car again. The guys who didn't finish as well last year have lots of good tyres but those who did don't have much at all so it's always hard going into qualifying. Reynolds was quick, but he has reasonable tyres because he had a bad run but it was just one of those sessions where you don't know where you are. It's just one of those things where you have to put new tyres on, go a few seconds quicker and see where you end up but at the moment we're looking pretty good."
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max PRA Ford:
“It was a bit of a mixed day for us today. We weren't really up at the pointy end of the times anywhere. The soft and the hard tyres made a difference to everyone's pace. It was a confusing mix. We were a little far away from a happy balance on the hard tyre but I think our soft tyre car will probably be much better. Saturday is all about the hard tyre so that is what our focus has gone into. We'll go home tonight and do some homework, I don't think we're too far away but we just need to tune it up a bit. It's promising, hopefully we'll get a good top-10 result this weekend, but it's all about where you qualify so we'll see what happens."
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“Today was pretty tough for everyone. The tyres we had combined with the track conditions made for some interesting practice sessions. It was hard to tell how everyone was going because everyone was on different tyres with different ages so you never really know. Qualifying tomorrow will help to determine just how we are looking."
DUNLOP SERIES – PRACTICE
Cameron Waters enjoyed his return to the track in the first Dunlop Series race since Clipsal at the beginning of the year. Waters finished a mere 0.02 seconds behind leader Paul Dumbrell in the first session, while a better set of tyres helped him up to p1 for some of the second session before falling to second position.
Cameron Waters - #5 ENZED PRA Ford
"I haven't been in the car for 10 weeks so it has been great to get back into it. I was a little rusty getting back in the car but p2 in both sessions and we kind of went the wrong way in the second sessions when we put the good tyres on but I think our race pace will be pretty good so fingers crossed we'll go alright tomorrow."