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The Supercars teams held a private test session yesterday, which was mainly based around testing the new Dunlop Control Tyre.

Rick Kelly in the Sengled Nissan Altima set the fastest Supercar lap ever recorded at Sydney Motorsport Park to top the day with a 1:28.78s lap. The two Shell DJR Team Penske Ford Falcons followed by Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard, with both a tenth behind the Nissan.

Chaz Mostert set a quick time late in the day to finish fourth, while Shane van Gisbergen rounded out the top five in a relatively incident free test day. Only one red flag was brought out for Nick Percat’s stranded BJR Holden Commodore, which stopped due to an engine problem.

Reigning Supercars champion van Gisbergen, had a troubled day as his team chased a steering vibration, but for others it was a case of getting used to new machinery. Simona De Silvestro enjoyed plenty of track time and finished in 18th, 1.14s behind Kelly. Garth Tander and James Moffat sampled their new Commodores for the first time, finishing 15th and 26th for the day.

Kelly had a glowing opinion on the new tyre.

“We did a lot of running on the new tyre today and feel that Dunlop has done a great job,” Kelly said.

“It (setting the fastest time) gives us good confidence because we had some work to do when we left this track late last year.”


Anton De Pasquale has tested his new Car of The Future spec ex-Prodrive Ford Falcon FGX at Queensland Raceway today.

De Pasquale will be looking to have more strong results this year after a breakthrough result at Bathurst last year.

“Last year I felt more comfortable each round and by the time we were at the last round I felt I was getting all I could out of that car,” explained De Pasquale

“Now stepping into this car the results should start to come. That was always the plan so we’re all pretty excited about stepping up.

“I don’t see why we can’t be right at the front this year, being in the top five race-by-race, if not consistently on the podium.”

De Pasquale may also take in some wildcard events this year along with the previously announced Jack Le Brocq, James Golding and Macauley Jones.


Reigning Super2 Series champion, Garry Jacobson has unveiled a new title sponsor for this year and shown off the number 1 for the first time on his Prodrive Racing Australia Ford Falcon FGX.

McQuinn Electrical will come on board as the title sponsor for Jacobson’s Super2 campaign, after holding title sponsorship on Jacobson’s forays in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series last year.