Red Bull Racing Australia duo Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes showed the way in the final practice session before qualifying at the Sandown 500.
While co-drivers all completed at least one lap in the remaining 27 cars, Whincup had the #1 Holden to himself throughout the 40 minutes as he continued to chase set-up with his new chassis.
The points leader sat at the top of the order for much of the session, becoming the first to lap in the 1:08s bracket with 12 minutes remaining.
Lowndes and the Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander subsequently took turns at the top during the closing stages, before a last effort completed after the chequered flag put Whincup ahead by just 0.003s.
Tim Slade continued Erebus Motorsport’s strong form by splitting Lowndes and Tander with a similarly late lap.
Will Davison, Lee Holdsworth and Mark Winterbottom completed the top seven; all of whom went faster than Lowndes’ new practice record from Friday.
Practice 4 was interrupted by a single red flag period, called after just eight minutes to retrieve the #17 Dick Johnson Racing Falcon that Ashley Walsh had buried in the Turn 9 gravel.
The V8 Supercars will return to the circuit for a 20 minute qualifying session at 1225 local time.
See below for the full Practice 4 result
|1||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||01:08.67|
|2||C.Lowndes/W.Luff||Holden Commodore VF||01:08.67||00:00.00|
|3||T.Slade/A.Thompson||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:08.70||00:00.04|
|4||G.Tander/N.Percat||Holden Commodore VF||01:08.72||00:00.06|
|5||W.Davison/S.Owen||Ford Falcon FG||01:08.73||00:00.07|
|6||L.Holdsworth/C.Baird||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:08.79||00:00.13|
|7||M.Winterbottom/||Ford Falcon FG||01:08.92||00:00.26|
|8||A.Premat/G.Ritter||Holden Commodore VF||01:08.98||00:00.31|
|9||S.Van Gisbergen/||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.00||00:00.33|
|10||S.McLaughlin/J.Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.00||00:00.34|
|11||J.Bright/A.Jones||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.01||00:00.35|
|12||C.Mostert/D.Wood||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.02||00:00.36|
|13||D.Reynolds/D.Canto||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.19||00:00.52|
|14||J.Courtney/G.Murphy||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.19||00:00.52|
|15||R.Ingall/R.Briscoe||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.20||00:00.53|
|17||T.D’Alberto/J.Reid||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.33||00:00.67|
|19||S.Pye/P.Morris||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.40||00:00.74|
|20||M.Engel/S.Johnson||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:09.41||00:00.74|
|21||D.Wall/C.Pither||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.47||00:00.81|
|24||T.Blanchard/A.Walsh||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.56||00:00.89|
|25||A.Davison/J.McIntyre||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.62||00:00.95|
|26||F.Coulthard/L.Youlden||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.71||00:01.05|
|27||J.Webb/M.Lieb||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.74||00:01.07|
|28||D.Fiore/M.Halliday||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.90||00:01.23|