Simona de Silvestro said she was encouraged by her 14th place in Sunday’s Bathurst 1000.
The Swiss, who will begin a three-year full-time Supercars Series program next year, was classified 14th in the Nissan Altima that she shared with Renee Gracie, an improvement on the 21st place that the pair achieved last year.
Gracie was at the wheel for the first two stints before handing the car over to de Silvestro for the first time on lap 41, and the former IndyCar driver went on to complete a total of 75 laps across two double-stints.
“I was pretty happy with my first stint in the car, because at the end of it we were starting to fight with the other guys out there,” she said after a high-attrition afternooon.
“In the second stint I struggled quite a bit at the end when the track started to be a little bit dirtier. I think finishing 14th is quite amazing, but in these sorts of races when you stay out of trouble, the race comes to you a little bit.
“I think we can be pretty happy, Renee did an awesome job as well, as did the car and the team. I think we can be happy with this one – certainly better than the last one.”
The pair managed to stay clear of the multiple on-track incidents, with the only real complication being a lack of in-car cooling.
“It was really hot out there,” said de Silvestro. “I though driving a closed car with air conditioning and fans it would have been cooler, but it didn’t seem to work this time. It was quite hot, and I really need go get used to that.”
Bathurst was scheduled as a one-off for de Silvestro in the Nissan, with details of her 2017 program still to be confirmed.