IRWIN Racing driver Mark Winterbottom says that he is encouraged by the speed and performance of his Holden Commodore ZB as the start of a new Supercars Championship dawned at The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, today.
As part of the official SuperTest at the South Australian venue, all 24 Supercars drivers were present to lay down their first laps in anger.
Winterbottom was the best of the newly-expanded two car Team 18 squad, finishing the day ninth overall in his IRWIN Racing Commodore ZB.
All teams were presented with many new challenges for the first day of track running in 2020, with new suspension, aerodynamic and engine specifications to learn and improve.
Armed with their fresh paint schemes and a load of new data, IRWIN Racing will now head to the Adelaide Parklands for the opening round of the Supercars Championship season for the Superloop Adelaide 500.
The Supercars will hit the track for the first time on Thursday for a practice session at 3:55pm local time. Two more practice sessions will be run on Friday ahead of qualifying and races on both Saturday and Sunday.
Mark Winterbottom, driver Team 18 #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore
“The Bend Motorsport Park is definitely one of the windiest tracks i’ve ever been to,” said Mark Winterbottom.
“It made the testing quite difficult because the morning was calm and then there was a big gust of wind through the afternoon and the high-speed corners created a few aero troubles .
“I’m really proud of the team with how they have performed today, we got through relatively unscathed and mechanically the car ran really well after being stripped to a bare shell in the off-season.
“We made some good progress through the day, some gains and some losses, but I want to win the Superloop Adelaide 500 and not the Supertest!”