Whincup: "we didn't expect that"

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 09/10/2015
  • By Bruce Newton

Jamie Whincup has done his best to play down the significance of his historic 2min04.909 sec lap in this afternoon's practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, suggesting there was some luck involved in achieving the time.

"I won't disrespect everyone by saying we fluked it, but it was the right car in the right conditions," he told v8supercars.com.au.

"We have been on a program chipping away and we didn't expect that to be honest.

"We were just trying to set up a race car and we had the right car in the right conditions then."

Whincup set the historic time on green tyres with a qualifying set-up in his Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF.

"I put some greens on and she hooked up - it was good fun."

Whincup played down the prospect of being able to eke more speed in qualifying later this afternoon.

"I have got no idea," he said. "Who knows. We will try to go quicker of course, I think everyone will go quicker.

"But this game is about getting the right balance in the right conditions."

Whincup and co-driver Paul Dumbrell's preparation for the race were hampered on Thursday as the team sought to resolve set-up issues with the car.

The team has also had to ration green tyres because of development work eating in to the car's tyre bank at previous rounds as work went on to bridge the performance gap to the flying Pepsi-Max Ford Falcon FG Xs.

Whincup said the development of the set-up for Sunday's 1000km marathon remained the priority aim.

"That's what we are have been working on and it feels like we are on track, which is good.

"It feels like we are executing and we're on track, hopefully we can stay there."

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