Dean Fiore went sliding in the first practice session at the Winton 360 yesterday.
Earlier, he told v8supercars.com.au how he enjoyed wet weather racing, but that was put to the test when a slight mistake caused him to run off the track spectacularly in his Dodo Insurance Holden Commodore.
“What happened was, I was actually on the radio at the time and talking to (David) Cauchi (engineer),” Fiore said.
“I’ve braked on the white line and there was no way of slowing it up, I just couldn’t release the lock in time. I managed to release it just before the end and you think you’re not carrying that much speed – until you leave the track, of course.
“It was absolutely terrible out there. It makes the smallest off the biggest thing ever and the session has to be stopped and everything, you can’t even move! It’s just so boggy and soggy, especially if you’re on slicks.
“In that last session I had a small off in the sweeper. You come through and it looks like you’re just going to rejoin the track. Then you’re four metres short and trying to get onto the track, it’s really frustrating.
“As soon as you get a little bit offline, you’re gone.
“The car was really good – we didn’t get a chance to put another set of tyres on… We didn’t get a chance because of me!
“We’re not worried, we’re obviously nowhere on the timesheets but we’re not worried about that at all. If it’s indicative of our pace – (Saturday) will tell.”
Fiore finished the first practice session 16th and the second 27th.