Afterfinishing 18th overall in Practice at the Chill Perth 360, CaseyStoner didn’t sound confident for the Dunlop Series’ first race in the Westtomorrow.
Thetwo-time MotoGP Champion had his first outing at a traditional circuit – aftercontesting the Clipsal 500, Adelaide’s demanding street circuit – in his RedBull Racing Holden Commodore. But the exercise didn’t prove as successful as hewould have liked, with Stoner ending up off the track in the second session.
“We’re not overly optimistic for tomorrow,” Stoner said.
“I think we’ve got almost too much work ahead of us. A session whichwe should have spent fine-tuning ourselves on the track we spent trying to getback to where we were in the first session.
“Tomorrow we’regoing to have to try a lot of things in Qualifying, try and get our pace up alittle bit so we can qualify a bit better and see what we can do for the race.
“It’s not beenthe easiest day. We’ve got a lot more changes to do and we needed those fewlaps in the afternoon that were unfortunately taken away from us.”
Stoner feltthe first session wasn’t too bad and gave him the chance to learn the track andsettle into the car. But the second session – when he finished 15th – the team went the wrong way with car set-up, when they were expecting to improve.
“We struggled alittle but and then put ourselves on the backfoot by running off at the end ofthe session,” Stoner said. “And after that, we back out with a better set-up totry but unfortunately we only got half a lap done before the session ended witha red flag.
“That really puta damper on our day and made things difficult for us.”
GBGalvanizing/Wilson Security’s Dale Wood topped the combined times, followed byDaniel Gaunt, Steve Owen, Geoff Emery and Taz Douglas.
Chaz Mostert leadsthe points tally after the one event at Adelaide – however with his recentelevation to the main series, it’s Ash Walsh in second who is the one to watch.
Tomorrow the DunlopSeries will qualify at 8.30am as well as completing Race One.