“Encouraging signs” for DJR Team Penske

DJR Team Penske drivers Scott Pye and Marcos Ambrose
DJR Team Penske drivers Scott Pye and Marcos Ambrose discuss the findings from the test at Queensland Raceway. Photo: DJR Team Penske

DJR Team Penske Managing Director Ryan Story has said there are “encouraging signs” that the team have made real progress with its FG X Falcon after completing an official V8 Supercars test day at Queensland Raceway.

While Marcos Ambrose was present, Scott Pye undertook the driving duties for the full day with Ambrose helping out with the debriefing.

Chaz Mostert’s engineer Adam De Borre was also in attendance with DJR Team Penske looking to align its FG X Falcon closer to Prodrive Racing Australia’s race winning V8 Supercar. The team evaluated several front-end components and tested the Supashock dampers and front anti-roll bar system used by the factory-backed Ford team. DJRTP currently run the Sachs dampers supplied by Triple Eight Race Engineering, but could switch to the Supashock units at Barbagallo.

“The test has been a productive day,” said Story.

“We had an extensive program to get through and managed to complete it late in the day.

“Scott (Pye) was in the car for the full day and the DJR Team Penske crew analysed each run as the changes were made to the car.

“Adam De Borre was also on hand from Prodrive Racing Australia and provided some valuable insights.

“There are some encouraging signs and we are now looking forward to going racing in Perth.

It was thought Marcos Ambrose would also cut some laps as the team made best use of its only private test day this season, but time did not allow the former champion to undertake any running.

“The V8 Supercars test restrictions in terms of tyres and days did not play into our hand by allowing Marcos a run today.

“We had aimed to do this late in the day but with a full program and tyres way past their best it was simply not possible.

“Marcos played an important role today and will be able to give the car a run at our ride day in Perth on Monday week,” added Story.

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