The Australian-owned Supashock damper package has proven ideal for the variable conditions in practice for the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains today, Supashock-equipped V8 Supercars topping the timesheets in both practice sessions.
Chaz Mostert topped the opening session in his Pepsi Max Crew Ford FG X Falcon, with a best time of 1:02.2774 on the final lap of the session. He was followed by the Erebus Motorsport AMG E63 of Will Davison, also on Supashock dampers, just 0.02s behind, while Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds were also in the top 10 in their Prodrive Racing Falcons.
“The first run was pretty good in the wet. It was pretty exciting and good to be out in the wet in the FG X for the first time but everything felt pretty good with it,” Mostert said.
In the second session, the weather conditions improved considerably and Winterbottom leaped to the top of the order, recording a 0:51.3998 on his 33rd lap of the Symmons Plains circuit, with Davison again in second spot.
Reynolds repeated his top 10 performance, while rookie Andre Heimgartner also sneaked into the top 10 aboard his brand new Super Black Racing FG X Falcon.
“The car felt quite good in those sessions, it’s hard to tell what tomorrow is going to bring but today was wet and cold so it could be much the same,” Winterbottom said.
“The car was reacting well to the changes we were making which was nice.”
Supashock Managing Director Oscar Fiorinotto said the day was a real test of both team and driver abilities due to such unpredictable grip levels.
“Days like today, where the conditions are constantly changing from one session to another, or even within a single session, are where the best drivers and engineers really demonstrate their ability to adapt,” Fiorinotto said.
“Today’s results were very encouraging for both Prodrive Racing and Erebus, whose cars were fast in both wet and dry conditions, so they are well placed if the changeable weather continues for qualifying and racing tomorrow and Sunday, where everyone will have 12 new Dunlop hard control tyres.”