Pepsi Max Crew’s Chaz Mostert has set a clear benchmark in Friday practice at Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria, outpacing the field in near-perfect conditions.
The defending Bathurst champion worked with race engineer Adam de Borre to take his car set-up in a different direction to the pair’s normal preference but was happy with the results.
Frosty endured a tougher day, battling a car imbalance which he feels still needs work to tune out.
Earlier in the day co-drivers Cameron Waters and Steve Owen took to the track with Mostert’s partner, Waters recording the fastest co-driver time during his time in the car during opening practice.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max PRA Ford:
“We struggled with understeer quite a bit but then everyone gets a new set of tyres which makes it hard to read things with varying tyre strategies. We put ours on too late as we were making changes which meant we didn’t get a chance to see what we could do. The changes we made were positive and a top-five was a possibility but we didn’t get a chance to find out. Chaz is quick and we’ll all work together to tune our cars and be stronger tomorrow.”
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max PRA Ford:
“We ran a different tyre program to our team-mates, we ran soft and hard compounds and even went on a different set-up direction to normal. It seems to be really working so that is the good thing about [race engineer] Adam (de Borre) as he comes up with new things and he isn’t conservative all the time. When you put it together the car is pretty quick, I am not too sure where we are at as we’ve deviated from the normal plan but whatever we are doing is working and we’ll stick with that for now and hopefully qualify up front tomorrow.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“It was nice to be back on home turf today at Winton and we took advantage of the conditions to run all four of our co-drivers which was of great benefit to us all. Chaz performed at a very high level all day, finishing first the way he did, comfortably ahead of the next driver on comparative tyres was impressive. That said, it’s only Friday and we have work to do to fine tune our set-ups ahead of the weekend when it really matters.”
DUNLOP SERIES – PRACTICE
Cameron Waters continued his front-running form in the Dunlop Series by topping both of the day’s practice sessions. Despite having to manage time in the co-driver seat of Chaz Mostert’s Pepsi Max Crew Ford, the championship leader was comfortably faster than the rest of the field as he continues his impressive start to the year.