Craig Lowndes and Declan Fraser took to the tarmac at Queensland Raceway today to fine tune their wildcard assault on the 2022 Bathurst 1000.
The duo bring back the famous No. 888 at the wheel of SuperCheap Auto and have high hopes of success in the ‘Big Race’.
It will be a big weekend for Lowndes as he becomes the first driver to record 300 starts in the ATCC/Supercars rounds, while his co-driver Fraser makes his main feature debut but currently leads the Super2 series standings by 114 points .
As they prepare to take on The Mountain, hear what both drivers had to say during their final time behind the wheel before next Thursday’s opening practice.
“Tonight’s test was purely to wrap things up before we get to Bathurst,” he said.
“Both tests were about ergonomics and getting Declan (Fraser) and I comfortable with everything and getting us to work and work together in terms of understanding the setup, the car, what it wants, what it needs and how we read it.
“Today was all about giving the car a competitive run, testing the systems and making sure everything is working the way we need it to.
“This year at Bathurst we’ll be stationed at the pit entrance, so we’ve made sure our radio communication from the garage to the car is short and good, because as riders we won’t have a lot of time to prepare to go out. from the car to change the driver.
“This Test day is the final chapter in the book before we go to Bathurst.
“The car works very well. Roland (Dane, team manager) is his usual self and makes sure we’re millimeter perfect, whether it’s us stopping in the pit bay, whether it’s changing brake pads, or our pit stops for refueling.
“It’s nice to have him behind the wheel – he knows what we need to do outside the car and I know what to do inside it, so hopefully we’ll come away from today with all the ticks ticked.
“I’m also really excited to get to Bathurst to show off our livery in front of all our fans.
“I think it’s a unique way to get people to interact with the team and the event itself. I think Supercheap Auto should be proud of what they’ve achieved and what we’re about to reveal because it really captures the fan base and what we stand for.”
“We were fine-tuning a lot of things on the last day of testing before arriving at The Mountain, and it was really helpful.
“We did a lot of fuel economy runs, which I hadn’t worked on before.
“In the last two days of testing we focused on driver changes, which was another new thing for me, and today, as we approached Bathurst, the team decided that now was the time to work on our fuel economy techniques and to make sure that these cars stand the distance.
“Craig and Romy (Mayer, race engineer) have been extremely helpful, as well as Roland.
“We got away from our program all day and overall it was a great day.
“I’m really excited to finally get to Bathurst. With just under a week to go until we arrive to launch our livery in front of a huge crowd of fans and members of the Super Cheap Car Club, it will be very special to be able to share it with them – it will be a super event.”
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