The Team Vortex duo of Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards had a very tough start ton their Bathurst challenge at the Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst on Thursday with Lowndes having an off in the opening session and finishing up way down in 23rd place overall with a best time of 2:08.1580.
Co-driver Steven Richards didn’t fare much better, finishing 26th overall in the second session with a best time of 2:09.4022.
This was definitely not the way the former champion wanted to kick off their weekend here at the mountain, however he is confident things will improve today.
"It was a challenging day. It was probably one of the hardest Bathurst lead-ins we've had for a while,” he said. “I think that both Steve (Richards) and I really just weren't comfortable in the car and of course with that it's hard to get a lap time around this place because it's all about confidence."
"First practice didn't go to plan. I had an off and bent the front of the car, so that didn't help.”
“Richo (Steve Richards) had a pretty solid run and then practice three was really good for us and we made a lot of headway into the problems we've been facing. We obviously put on a green tyre like everyone else and we still were lacking a little bit of pace, but from where we were after practice one, I think we're a lot closer than where we were."
"The car is now comfortable to drive, I'm confident in it. There's probably a bit more speed in the car and a bit more in me as well. I'm really happy with the way we ended the day considering where we started."