Rolling the car out of the transporter on Thursday, spirits were high regarding the pace of the car. However, initial runs in testing showed that the car was unbalanced and struggling even though Andrew was posting the same times as he had in round two in November.
Working on tweaking the set up in the warm up, the ITM Commodore started to feel better but there was still more to gain. In the first qualifying session, Andrew made it through to the top 20 inside the top ten. As he started the second run, light drizzle began to fall so getting a lap in quickly was vital. With a cooler track and close to the top 10 bubble, the team call was to road the final new tyre set and secure a top ten spot. For the top ten qualifying session, conditions had dried and it was all out for a flying lap. With the tyres still warm, Andrew was able to put in a flyer first off and posted a 1:01.4 – over half a second quicker than his November time and good enough for 7th.