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Red Bull Holden Racing Team
12 MAR 2020
Red Bull Holden Racing Team claim pole for Melbourne 400 openers
Jamie Whincup - Car #88
Practice 1 - First (1:56.4196)
Practice 2 - Fourth (1:57.0230)
Qualifying, Race 1 Second (1:55.3130)
Qualifying, Race 2 First (1:55.2809)

Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
Practice 1 - Second (1:56.6080)
Practice 2 - Fifth (1:57.0507)
Qualifying, Race 1 First (1:55.2240)
Qualifying, Race 2 Fourth (1:55.5036)

Jamie Whincup - Car #88

"Obviously both cars were really strong which was pleasing to see so full credit to the engineers who gave us a pair of rockets. It didn't feel like I had good rhythm in the first qualifying session and clipped the wall as a result, but once we changed the tyre set the car was back to brand new. Obviously, tyres are the big topic this weekend. We did three-quarters of practice one on hard tyres to feel what the car was like and get a bit of a balance, then we did the rest on softs. Fingers crossed tomorrow's race will go in our favour with pit stops and strategy but being one and two off the line is a nice way to start."

Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97

"The qualifying format is tricky because it's just like a shootout. You get one shot and you're limited with tyres and everyone bolts out it's like a shootout lap with traffic. The track felt quicker due to the Porsches being out before us giving it more grip which showed in the lap times. I felt like I nailed the first lap of the second qualifying, the second lap the car didn't feel as good on the out-lap and didn't quite get the lap right but I'm still in fourth for the second race on a bad lap which is pretty good. I'm keen to race tomorrow. Obviously, Adelaide was a really good start for us, but Albert Park is a completely different track but it's good to be up the front."