Gallery: The Sydney test in pictures

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 17/02/2018
  • By Supercars.com

Supercars.com takes you for a look at the action on and off the track at Sydney Motorsport Park's pre-season test.

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Shell V-Power Racing settled into the first two garages, having bumped Triple Eight from their long-time position courtesy of victory in last year's teams' championship.

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Triple Eight manager Mark Dutton and owner Roland Dane had other things on their minds, though, as the squad rolled out three new ZB Commodores for their first full test.

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New was word of the day in Sydney, especially at Matt Stone Racing, as the team and driver Todd Hazelwood stepped up from Super2 to the main game.

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A total of five rookies are in this year's field, including Jack Le Brocq, whose Tekno Autosports entry is being led by the experienced Adrian Burgess.

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Former Tekno driver Will Davison made his debut with another new team, 23Red Racing, which is fielding an ex-Tickford Falcon. 

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At Nissan there was a new car and new sponsor for Michael Caruso, who topped the morning session and ended the afternoon third.

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Scott McLaughlin briefly went to the top in the afternoon, before a tyre failure at the 200km/h Turn 1 sent him spearing into the outside wall.

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Cameron Waters had one of 13 new chassis in the field, sporting an interim look ahead of Monster's now traditional season launch in Adelaide.

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All Holden teams have upgraded to the ZB bodywork, although some - such as Preston Hire Racing - have carried over their base chassis from 2017.

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The debut of the new car wasn't without its dramas - Garth Tander worst affected by issues with front splitters working lose from the fibreglass front bar.

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Scott Pye's Walkinshaw Holden also struck splitter trouble, sitting out the bulk of the afternoon due to a lack of a spare.

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David Reynolds had a rather more visible issue with his new Holden, losing a door skin during the morning.

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A handful of co-drivers were in action, including new signing Matt Brabham, who joined Preston Hire Racing for some valuable early laps.

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Former co-drivers Richie Stanaway and Cameron Waters adjusted to their new life as team-mates, sharing a garage at Tickford.

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Next door, Mark Winterbottom and engineer Brendan Hogan attempted to figure out how to make The Bottle-O entry go a little faster.

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While the focus was on learning the ZB, Triple Eight found time for some pitstop practice.

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Having cut a relaxed figure in the build-up, Jamie Whincup applied his usual focus as he begins the quest for an eighth title.

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Andre Heimgartner meanwhile enjoyed being in the field after a year away, reuniting with his former engineer at Super Black, Dilan Talabani (left).

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Heimgartner's Nissan ran with OneSteel backing for the test day, with a full-season sponsor yet to be announced.

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On the timesheets, the day belonged to Brad Jones Racing, with Tim Slade delivering the fastest time for the Albury-based squad.

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