While Tekno Autosports looked competitiveat the start of the year with Shane Van Gisbergen’s win at the Clipsal 500, theteam has found itself at the back of the field in Practice today and yesterdayat the Chill Perth 360.
Team owner and driver Jonathon Webb findsBarbagallo Raceway isn’t his favourite place to race.
“I’ve found (the circuit) tough to behonest, it’s not a track I come to and naturally enjoy and naturally go quick– I have to work quite hard at trying to get it right," Webb said ahead of Qualifyingfor this afternoon’s Championship race 10.
“We did it last year and got a little bitbetter; this year we worked hard again before we came here; and we’ll wait andsee what happens when we get out there.”
Webb said there was some work to do with theHolden Commodore.
“The car’s not too bad at the moment, weprobably don’t have the outright speed – but I think we’re not a long way off.So at the moment we’re just working on our race car.
“This afternoon will be tough with the 25laps each half, but with 47 laps tomorrow we just have to have a car that’sgoing to look after tyres.
“Hopefully we can race but if we have thetyres at the end, we could find ourselves towards the pointy end anyway.”
While Webb had his doubts about the 60/60Super Sprint format, the run at Tasmania (where the format debuted) was cleaner and less chaotic than heexpected.
“I think it’s good. I was totally against it going into Tassie– I thought this is going to be horrific there’s going to be damageeverywhere, it’s going to cost me a fortune – but everyone played itreally smart.
“Hopefully the same will transition thisweekend and it’ll be a bit of fun.”
The talk of tomorrow though is tyres. Webbwouldn’t give anything away in relation to pit stops, but did hint it would belikely to see cars stopping, as did Jamie Whincup after yesterday’s Practiceruns.
“I think at the moment we’re keeping openminded," Webb said. “We’ll get through this afternoon, see how the car is overthose 25 laps and so far it’s not looking all that good, but I’m not sure ifanyone’s going to make all of the race tomorrow – so we won’t jump to too manyconclusions.
“We’ll have to wait and see.”
Qualifying begins at 12.05pm local time.