Tough top end initiation for Wood
On a day defined as much by tyres as any work done to the cars, Dale Wood and Team ADVAM/GB were left wondering just where they stack up against the rest of the field after three practice sessions on the opening day of the SKYCITY Triple Crown in Darwin.
Wood has limited experience at Hidden Valley Raceway and was keen to build familiarity with the track on the opening practice session of a day where teams and drivers were allowed to use both hard and soft tyres.
Wood finished the first session in 24th position, with all drivers using the hard tyres.
In the final two sessions, many teams and drivers used soft tyres and lap times dropped markedly.
Wood and Team ADVAM/GB decided to stick with the hards and he finished 23rd and 21st in the two afternoon sessions.
It was a bit messy for us. Our timing was a bit out with what we were trying to do today. With me coming to grips with the track and then that, it’s made it a tough day. Hopefully tomorrow’s qualifying brings people back together again when we’re all on the same tyres.
Tomorrow’s qualifying and two 100km races are both on hard tyres only before softs are available again on Sunday.