Concentrating on race set-up saw Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard fall down the order in today's practice sessions at Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit.
Coulthard, who finished 25th overall, says today's work means the car should be good on its tyres for tomorrow's 250km race, which has proven to be a race-winning factor in the past.
V8 Supercars will be on track from 9.25 tomorrow for qualifying before the 74-lap race at 15.05.
"I got done by a few curbs in that last session, which has made me look pretty bad, but today was meant to be about practice so no harm done.
"This weekend will definitely be a race of attrition but hopefully a good team strategy and a car that's consistent and good on tyres will deliver for us
"I think the Lockwood car is pretty easy on its tyres, which means it's not so good for one qualifying lap but, with two 250km races, I think the pros outweigh the cons."
Sydney Telstra 500 - V8 Supercars Championship - Races 29&30
SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK STREET CIRCUIT
V8 SUPERCARS PRACTICE COMBINED
01 Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, 1:28.3984
02 Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford, +0.0386
03 Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team, +0.1807
04 Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford, +0.2747
05 Tim Slade, Lucky 7 Racing, +0.2763
06 Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone, +0.2864
07 Tony D'Alberto, Team Hiflex, +0.3347
08 Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, +0.3421
09 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.3838
10 Jonathon Webb, Tekno Autosports, +0.4511
25 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, +1.6565
Published: 30 November 2012.