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.

"The fuel changes are going to be a big talking point for the Clipsal races, while the E85 programme is important to Holden," said Tander, whose Toll HRT Commodore will carrying E85 logos and EcoLine branding to signal GM Holden's new range of vehicles that use alternative fuels or fuel saving technology.

"Based on what we've been seeing, the fuel windows will be a lot tighter and that's going to make the races far more interesting - it'll also give us an indication of who's on top of their E85 programme more than others.

"I'm a big fan of the Shootout and it's a good format for the fans, so I'm very happy to see it back - although I think it does take the shine away from the Bathurst race by doing shootouts at other rounds."

Adelaide has always been a happy hunting ground for the Toll Holden Racing Team, with four overall victories and eight individual wins in the Clipsal 500, but both drivers will have to contend with a modified turn eight sweeper and various resurfacing work around the 3.2-kilometre street layout.

"Clipsal is a very important race and I think we are going to be competitive and have a strong result," Davison predicted, "I need to get through the race and get maximum miles on the weekend and I'm aiming for to stay up the pointy end of the track. I'm feeling more relaxed now that I've tested and want to get lots of points by having a clean run."

Tander also understands that testing well at Winton does not necessarily translate into qualifying speed and race pace in Adelaide.

"It's always difficult to replicate the demands that Adelaide puts on the car in a test situation so you have to go based on previous experience there, and going on that last year our speeds were very good," he said, "The car was very good in the race last year and we have improved it in a few areas, so we have as good a shot as anyone else."



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