Russell Ingall believes co-driver Broc Feeney has the potential to qualify their wildcard in the top 10 at Mount Panorama.
Feeney and Ingall will share a Supercheap Auto-backed Triple Eight Race Engineering wildcard at this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.
The two cut laps aboard their Holden Commodore ZB at Queensland Raceway on Tuesday.
It marked the second official test day for the duo ahead of this year’s Great Race.
Ingall, 57, was so impressed by Feeney’s running on Tuesday that he would be “surprised” if the car didn’t feature in the ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout.
"I’d be very surprised if our car isn’t in the top 10 of qualifying, I’d be really surprised,” Ingall said.
"It may be a bit bold but from what I’ve seen from the kid, he’ll stick it in the 10.
"He’s [Feeney] been lightning and we’re not that far away from each other in race runs.
"I just need to be close to him in those times and that’s my role."
Ingall, who made his last Bathurst start in 2016, was delighted he managed to close the gap to Feeney at Tuesday’s test.
"Just to be able to come and cut laps, doing race runs is a massive bonus,” he said.
'We’re going to feel much more comfortable when we get up to the mountain.'
"We’re going to feel much more comfortable when we get up to the mountain.
"Before this all started I think I would’ve said I was around 50 per cent behind the field, but at the moment I’d probably say I’m only 15 per cent behind I reckon.
"By the time we get to our third test day I think I’ll claw a little bit more of that back.”
Feeney was last week confirmed as Shane van Gisbergen’s teammate for 2022 and beyond.
He will arrive in Bathurst with an eye on his 2022 main game debut, but Tuesday was an opportunity to hone in on making the #39 Commodore comfortable for both drivers.
"We made a few ergonomic changes to our [first test day] set-up,” the teenager said.
Feeney with predecessor Jamie Whincup last week
"Russell made a few changes to our seat and so did I, so I suppose we wanted to make sure that today we finalised our comfort.
"The feedback has been really good. To be honest, we’ve had similar things to say about the inside of the car.
"Our driving styles are a little bit different but it’s still related to getting the same result.
"We drive a little differently but we’ve both been giving similar feedback.
"Ergonomics and how the car drives is probably the biggest thing that I’m helping him on but he knows how to drive a Supercar as well as any co-driver in the field.
"For him it’s just getting a little bit of rust off and just tuning up a little on the technique which helps these cars go a little bit faster."