It has been a day of strong progress for Team 18 at the Adelaide 500 despite an incident for the DEWALT Racing Commodore in Practice 2.
The first race of the 2020 Supercars Championship has finished with a solid performance from both IRWIN Racing and DEWALT Racing Commodores at the Adelaide 500.
Team 18 has put in a strong showing in the opening race of the season with a top 10 result and some encouraging speed.
IRWIN Racing's Mark Winterbottom finished eighth in the 250km race. He combatted some minor steering issues but came home with a clean car and was pleased to tick his goal of achieving a top ten result for the team.
New team recruit Scott Pye, driving the DEWALT Racing Commodore, continued his learnings inside the newly expanded team, finishing 15th.
The DEWALT Racing car negotiated some radio and communication issues, but banked some solid points for the team and a strong package to build on for Sunday.
Both cars made it through the first 250km with little to no damage and, importantly, no reliability issues.
Team 18 returns to the Adelaide street track tomorrow for the second 250km leg to round out the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500.
Qualifying starts at 11:50am with the race kicking off at 3:20pm local time.