Toll Holden Racing Team team-mates Garth Tander and Will Davison have urged their rivals to 'bring it on' ahead of the 2009 V8 Supercar season-opener in Adelaide this weekend.
Tander and Davison enjoyed a successful test at Winton Motor Raceway last week, before staying on to run further laps in preparation for a very different looking series this year. Concentrating on set-up, reliability and, for new boy Davison, finding comfort in unfamiliar surroundings, both drivers produced extremely competitive times, with Davison officially second quickest on day one and Tander quicker again the next.
Both have warned, however, that blistering testing times proclaimed by other teams will count for nothing when they hit Adelaide's streets for the Clipsal 500 this Friday.
“The speed of our Toll HRT Commodores was good, but we weren't concerned about heroics in trying to beat anyone else's lap times,'' 2007 series champion Tander insisted, ''It wasn't a chest-beating exercise, we solely wanted to concentrate on our programme.
“At the end of the second day, our speeds were very good. We are fairly confident that the cars are where we need them to be and we have sorted out areas that we felt needed to be worked on from last year.''
For Davison, the test was as much about getting a first chance to sample a HRT machine, and familiarise himself with the new surroundings of the #22 Commodore.
“It was definitely a good couple of days,” Davison, who finished fifth in last year's championship, noted, “It was really beneficial to get myself acclimatised and, by the second day, I was starting to feel as one with the car.
''We ran to a full schedule and did lots of laps, and the most important thing is that I now feel comfortable in the car; I'm feeling confident in it and know how best to drive it. I've spent a lot of time with my new team and have gotten to know everyone pretty well. They're all really motivated, in good spirits and have great attitudes, and they're a pleasure to be around. Everyone just wants to win, there is lots of experience within the team and it's been really enjoyable – it's made me look forward to the year even more.”
There are a raft of changes for teams to contend with in this year's series - including a change to E85 ethanol-blended fuel, the return of the Top 10n Shootout and the abolition of compulsory pit-stops mean that this year's season-opener will have a very different look and feel.