PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Craig Lowndes drives the #888 TeamVortex Holden Commodore VF during qualifying for race 5 for the Phillip Island 500, which is part of the Supercars Championship at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on April 22, 2017 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

The opening day of this weekend’s Winton Supersprint didn’t really go according to plan for Team Vortex driver Craig Lowndes

With rain flooding the circuit for the co-driver practice then the main drivers first practice session the 888 Holden finished way off the pace.

Steven Richards, who took to the wheel of the 888 for the co-driver session finished 16th after a session that saw most driver aquaplaning in the very wet conditions.

“It was a crazy day, to be honest,” said Lowndes. “With Steve starting the day, it was great to give him some miles, but the track conditions weren’t ideal.”

Then when it was Craigs turn behind the wheel, he didn’t do any better finishing the first free practice session in 21st place nad the second in 22nd.

“In that last practice session, we ended up on a slick tyre right at the end, but we just ran out of time to get temperature and grip, but all in all the car itself was responding.”

“We did a number of changes and went in a direction that we’ve never done before and we weren’t too displeased with it. It’s something we need to work at, but it gives us some direction for tomorrow. It’s disappointing, where we’re sitting on the time sheet, but we did learn a lot today and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”