Prodrive Racing (Australia) has completed its mid-season test at Winton Motor Raceway without issue after running through an extensive program for its four-car outfit.
With a focus on performance testing for drivers Mark Winterbottom, Cameron Waters and Chaz Mostert, the trio made the most of favourable conditions at the team’s home track while Super Black Racing ran an alternate program for Chris Pither and co-driver Richie Stanaway.
With Stanaway set to miss the team’s enduro test next month, the Kiwi used his time to practice pit stops and race starts while further acclimatising to the Supercar setup.
Prodrive Racing Team Manager Chris O’Toole was pleased with the amount of testing covered by the team throughout the day.
“We did a few different things across the day,” he said. “We did a few qualifying simulations. That was one of the areas we wanted to work on so we’ve done that. We worked on the aero and did some areo runs and ran some different setups and what have you and that was good.”
“We tried a couple of new parts on two of the cars and they seem to have improved our reliability. We worked on durability and a bit of tyre life as well but overall it was a really good day. It was really productive. The track was fast and consistent. The weather was great and we had no incidents at all.”
“Richie Stanaway did quite a number of laps and got up to speed no problem at all.”
Car 1 pilot Mark Winterbottom was also positive about the day, with the belief that progress made will help the team at Sydney Motorsport Park later this month.
“Today went really well. The engineers put together a good program for us and we ran through some things that I think will really help,” said Winterbottom.
“It was a full on day, we started early and really only stopped for lunch in the middle of the day so there’s been a lot to run through but it’s all been really good stuff and I think we’ve made some progress for sure.
“We had a good set of tyres today which was a nice change as well. Usually our tyres aren’t that great so to be able to go out there and really put our progress to the test was great. I think it should be a lot better hopefully coming up to Eastern Creek.”
The team’s Dunlop Series drivers Jack Le Brocq and Garry Jacobson will test at Winton on Thursday before the team re-visits the track for their enduro test next month.