Under pressure

MILESTONE ROUND: Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander will surpass Peter Brock’s number of race starts this weekend at Winton. PHOTO: Vue Images

QUALIFYING for tomorrow’s V8 Supercar races at the Winton 400 will be a talking point, according to Holden drivers Garth Tander and Tim Slade.

A recent rule change means back-to-back qualifying sessions have been shortened to 10 minutes each from their traditional 15 minute time allocation.

Two 100 kilometre races will feature on Saturday, corresponding with the shorter qualifying sessions, while a 200 kilometre race will be held on Sunday.

Slade, currently sitting eighth in the championship standings, told the Wangaratta Chronicle the shorter qualifying sessions added more pressure to drivers.

“With high tyre degradation at Winton, it means we might only get one or maybe two laps in getting the best out of a set of tyres,” Slade said, who drives the number 47 Walkinshaw Racing car.

“We won’t have a new set of tyres for each session, probably only two new sets across the three qualifying sessions.”

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