Driver, GWR Australia
“We couldn’t have had a much better day to start the TCR Australia season,” said Almond.
“GWR Australia and Platinum Motorsport have done a great job putting this Hyundai i30 N together.
“Astrontech and Commercial Interior Projects have been kind enough to support our efforts this weekend, so I was happy to perform for them early with our best foot forward for the rest of the weekend.
“This deal only came about last week so I was very lucky to have this opportunity and certainly didn’t think I would have that kind of pace so early but it is only practice so qualifying is still to come.
“The field is very strong and some of the teams out there were having issues so I’m sure they won’t let us get away with it for much longer.”
Driver, Ashley Seward Motorsport
“The Ash Seward Motorsport Alfa was great by the end of Practice 2. We put in some good times and ended second for the session,” said O’Keeffe.
“We’re really happy with the car now. There was no denying that we struggled in Practice 1 but come Practice 2 we had a few ideas early in the session which didn’t work out. We made one change and put on some green front tyres and went two seconds quicker straight up.
“It was good to be up the front and only a tenth of Michael Almond, but we’ll study the data overnight and hopefully come back stronger for qualifying tomorrow.”
Driver, Wall Racing Honda
“To get third in both sessions today was a good start to our campaign for us at Wall Racing in the Honda Civic Type-R,” said Martin.
“We have so much to learn with these cars and in every aspect with the team learning to prepare them and myself learning to get the most out of it.
“We’re looking into the tyre failure with our engineers and with Michelin tonight, they both happened one lap apart from each other at the exact same part of the circuit.
"This car is totally different to anything I’ve driven in the past, but they’re amazingly fun cars to drive, they move around and they’re properly challenging to drive in that respect.
“I’m loving the challenge and this steep learning curve ahead of us in TCR Australia and I think this first race is going to be crazy, I can’t wait.”