Fiore Unsure Where He'll End Up

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 15/06/2013
  • By V8 Supercars

Tyres have been a big talking point thisweekend, with a tight allocation across the V8 Supercars SKYCITY Triple Crownweekend.

Dodo Insurance Racing’s Dean Fiorecommented on the situation ahead of qualifying this morning, saying it wasdifficult to know where everyone would end up on the grid.

This comes after Mark Winterbottom spoke candidly in yesterday’s press conference about the way Practice unfolded withteams all running different quality tyres, and many down the field mentioned how difficult it was to gauge yesterday

While Fiore said Practice was still useful, he admitted at least one session was a write-off and claimeddrivers running on wet weather tyres was “pathetic”.

“You almost have to write off at least one (practice session) to make the others useful,” Fiore said. “A lot of the guys are running wets. That’s pathetic … Obviouslyeveryone’s struggling with tyres, but it was good for us to have that firstsession (yesterday) and have a race run.

“It’s really difficult to tell who ransofts, who didn’t, what conditions everyone’s tyres are in – but it’s thesame old story, you find out of Saturday in qualifying where you’re at.”

So, doesn’t that make Saturday’s qualifyingmore exciting, given it’s unclear who the leaders are?

“To a certain extent – but it’s alsogood to have an all-out brawl on Friday in Practice Four because it’s reallycool to see where everybody’s at,” Fiore said.

“Everybody gets to see exactly wherethey’re at and if they can replicate that the next day … We’re trying to put on agood show but we’re also trying to watch the bottom line, that’s just thereality of it.”

Fiore felt the 60/60 Super Sprint formatrunning today – after a qualifying session and ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout –was good and backed the move to the new-to-2013 format, with the double file rolling restart that drivers have spoken out about

“I like the format, I think it’s good andachieves what it’s meant to achieve – the double file restart is reallycool, so I’m looking forward to it.”

While there’s been plenty of attention onFiore’s teammate Scott Pye after the large accidents he’s been involved in thisyear, the West Australian and his crew have just been chipping away at their program.

“We’re happy with the car, we’ve made someprogress and we’re confident going into today,” he said.

In Practice Four Fiore was 12th, andcurrently sits 18th in the Championship.

Qualifying begins at 11am local time atHidden Valley Raceway in Darwin. 

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