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.”
“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.