Prodrive Racing (Australia) has enjoyed a relatively trouble-free run on the new Dunlop control tyre at the team’s test day at Sydney Motorsport Park, with drivers providing constructive feedback following their first outing for 2017.
Running a mixture of new and old construction tyres throughout the day, a significant amount of time was spent on setup and changes for all cars as they ran through their individual programs, with Chaz Mostert in particular spending extended periods of time in the garage in the afternoon session.
Time in the garage was well spent with Mostert claiming the fourth fastest time for the day after a last-minute run on the super soft tyre.
Team newcomer Jason Bright was surprised by the lack of difference between the 2016 and 2017 tyres, but says there is still a lot to learn.
“It was a good day. Sydney Motorsport Park is a difficult track in the sense that you go through tyres pretty quickly so it’s hard to get a good read on the car but it was good to drive the car at a different circuit, a high-speed circuit,” said Bright.
“The new tyres don’t seem to have had that big an impact yet. I’m pretty happy with the car, pretty happy with how the day went, we didn’t have any dramas so I’m looking forward to Adelaide.
“I got to run on the super softs at the end of the day. I wasn’t really happy with the run, we had a run on them previous to that and we were probably a little bit better. If felt like we were better on the soft tyre than what we were on the super soft tyre right at the end but we’ll have a look at that.
“Chaz obviously had a pretty good time at the end there. I don’t think there’s too much wrong with the car. There’s certainly a few different things driving these cars compared to where I’ve been that I’ve got to get used to particularly for qualifying.”
Teammates Mark Winterbottom and Cameron Waters did not complete a final flying lap on the super soft tyre due to their setup program, with Waters also taking the day to iron out minor concerns with the car ahead of the Clipsal 500.
The team took the chance to practice pit stops mid-way through the day in preparation for the season-opening event, with the team now prepared to take on the streets of Adelaide.
Mark Winterbottom – #5 The Bottle-O PRA Ford: 17th – 1m29.91s
Cameron Waters – #6 Monster Energy PRA Ford: 21st – 1m30.03s
Chaz Mostert – #55 Supercheap Auto PRA Ford: 4th – 1m28.93s
Jason Bright – #56 MEGA Bulk Fuels PRA Ford: 14th – 1m29.64s