Driver, Autosport Alliance
“It’s been a busy few weeks for all the teams, no one really knew where they were going to sit. We’ve worked as hard as anyone and I feel like i’ve found a sweet spot in the setup and the car’s been strong all day,” said Jason Bright.
“We won the start and then built a nice lead on Tony and Will and to be able to control the race was pretty satisfying.
“We weren’t happy with where we were after practice yesterday. There were some clarification in the rules so we were able to take more weight out of the car for today, so it goes to show how critical it is to get all those little things right because of how tight the field is.
“The battle up front was great and i’m sure that will get better and closer as everyone learns more about these great cars.
“The two races tomorrow will be pretty intense, obviously there’s a fair bit riding on the start and we made a good one today but that’s no guarantee we’ll make a good one tomorrow.
“I’m sure Tony and Will are going to improve overnight so we’ll try and lead into turn one again and hopefully control the race like we did today.”
Driver, Wall Racing Honda
“To grab the first ever pole position for the series was fantastic. To get a podium in the first race was pretty special too,” said Tony D’Alberto.
"I made a mistake at the start and didn’t quite get off the line well enough. Bright got away from me and didn’t really have anything for him for the rest of the race so I just tried to manage my tyres and fend off Will.
"I wasn’t sure how hard I could push and what was acceptable and what wasn’t, so we’ve learnt a lot from that which we’ll take into tomorrow’s two races.
"I’ll need to go in the carpark and practice some starts in my Honda Civic Type-R on the way home!
"If I can get off the line well enough and get in front of Brighty then we can definitely challenge for the win. We’ve got a few little things to improve with the car but it’s all there for the taking.”
Driver, HMO Customer Racing Hyundai
“I loved every second of the first race. No one really knew what they were doing off the start but I got a good start, jumped up to third and had a crack into turn two. I knew it wasn’t going to work but at least it looked good!” said Will Brown.
“From there we battled hard with Tony for a few laps and had a really good race.
"We had something go wrong at the front which was dropping oil all over the front tyres so that’s why we dropped back a bit to the Alfa.
“It’s quite hard to pass, I don’t think we could have got Tony but we could have fought him hard at the end.
“I’m confident we have the pace to win if we get everything right so we’ll be sure to have another crack at it tomorrow.”