Mark Porter today put his Hyundai Construction Equipment Commodore on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's first race of Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series, in which he lies 3rd.
A very warm South Australian day combined with a circuit that is notoriously hard on brakes led to brake temperatures of just under 1000 degrees C.
As usual, Porter was his own harshest critic: "I'm a little bit disappointed with myself. The car certainly had a bit more than I gave it. I was really confident after the second practice, when we ran old rubber. With the new tyres I didn't get as big a gain as I could have - and should have."
Practice Session 1:
Weather: sunny and warm (Air temp, 22; track temp, 23)
On a fair set of tyres, Porter manhandled his Hyundai Construction Equipment Commodore to be quickly on the pace, running in the top five for most of the session.
Session Standings: 1 Scott, 2 Porter, 3 Youlden, 4 Macrow, 5 D'Alberto, 6 Price, 7 Denyer, 8 Pretty, 9 Perkins, 10 Pither
Practice Session 2:
(Air temp, 35; track temp, 38)
A spring change to the Hyundai Construction Equipment Commodore during the session break left Porter very confident and comfortable with its handling. Confidence breeds speed, and Porter was at the top of the timesheet by the third lap.
Porter completed only seven flying laps for the session, feeling that further laps weren't going to prove anything. Shane Price captured top spot at the end of the session.
Session Standings: 1 Price, 2 Porter, 3 Denyer, 4 Pither, 5 Perkins, 6 Scott, 7 D'Alberto, 8 La Delle, 9 Thompson, 10 Macrow.
(Air temp 32, track temp, 39)
It was a hotly contested qualifying session, with numerous changes in the first five positions over the 20 minutes.
Virtually no changes were made to the Hyundai Construction Equipment Commodore for this session, but Mark Porter couldn't quite string together a lap to take advantage of the car's obvious speed.
Porter's summation: "I'm a little disappointed, but 4th is better than 5th."
Grid Positions: 1 Price, 2 Macrow, 3 Perkins, 4 Porter, 5 D'Alberto, 6 Denyer, 7 Pretty, 8 Scott, 9 Alajajian, 10 Youlden.
Mark Porter will start Race 1 (16 laps) from grid position 4 tomorrow and line up later in the day for Race 2 (16 laps, reverse grid), and Race 3 (28 laps).