Progress was positive for The Bottle-O Racing pair who debuted their celebratory livery on track at Mount Panorama in practice for the Bathurst 1000 on Thursday.
Dean Canto led the charge for much of the co-driver session ahead of an 11th place finish for reigning V8 Supercar champion Mark Winterbottom in the final session.
Despite strong form for much of the day, tyre quality hurt the pair ahead of their green tyre run, giving them a false read on the track where they ended up 11th with a best time of 2m06.09s.
"The co-driver session was pretty good for me.,” Canto said. “We managed to tune the car up throughout the session and ended reasonably up the front in fourth. There was still room to be improved with the car at the end of my session. It's one of those things with tyre quality before you go to a green tyre where you're sort of always unsure.”
“You know the kilometres of the tyre and you think they okay but they might not necessarily be which caught Mark out in his session but for myself I'm comfortable in the car. I've been around here plenty of times so as long as that's all good and everything's working well, driver changes are fine, we'll press on."