TODAY'S TIMES

Practice One

Position: 22nd – 1:58.1079

Fastest: Jamie Whincup – 1:55.4067

Practice Two

Position: 22nd – 1:56.9590

Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:55.2982

Qualifying – Race 3

Qualified: 25th – 1:57.7028

Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:54.6016

Qualifying – Race 4

Qualified: 18th – 1:56.4050

Pole Position:  Jamie Whincup – 1:54.9974

 
THE WORD FROM TIM

The Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 got underway today in sunny conditions in Melbourne’s Albert Park. The excitement levels this year are just that little bit higher with Supercars putting championship points on the line for teams and drivers.
 
The pressure was on for drivers with two short, back to back, ten-minute qualifying sessions. Tomorrow will see the same format for the final two qualifying sessions, followed by the first 130km race of the weekend.
 
TIM

“It was a frustrating start to the Melbourne 400 weekend. We had a few gearbox issues in both practice sessions which made qualifying a bit of a lottery for us. I made a mistake in the first qualifying session which cost us, however the second session was a lot better. The guys had worked hard between sessions to gather all the data and work on moving the three BJR cars in the same direction.”

“With the lack of practice today we’ll review what the other cars did today and use some of their knowledge along with what we achieved in the latter qualifying session and point ourselves in the right direction for the rest of the weekend.”

“We’ve still got another two qualifying sessions tomorrow, then we’ll get the first 130km race underway. It’s great that we are finally racing for points, so it’ll shape up to be a pretty good weekend.”
 

COMING UP

Friday 23rd March

13:50-14:00 – Qualifying – Race 5

14:10-14:20 – Qualifying – Race 6

17:50-18:50 – Race 3 – 130kms/25 Laps

Saturday 24th March

12:40-13:10 – Race 4 – 70km/13 Laps

18:20-19:20 – Race 5 – 130km/25 Laps

Sunday 4th March

13:45-14:15 – Race 6 – 70km/13 Laps
 

MEET TIM

Friday 23rd March

11:15am-11:30am @ F1 Fan Zone Autograph Stage