More repairs for DJR as FPR continues form

Friday 10th October, 2014 - 10:31am

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Steve Owen topped Practice 4 for FPR

Steve Owen topped Practice 4 for FPR

Ford teams Dick Johnson Racing and Ford Performance Racing continued to enjoy contrasting fortunes at Mount Panorama during Friday morning practice.

Factory squad FPR ended the co-driver session atop the order thanks to the efforts of Steve Owen in Mark Winterbottom’s #5 Falcon.

Owen ran a best of 2:06.78s inside the final minute of the 45 minute hit-out to edge Brad Jones Racing’s Luke Youlden by just 0.02s.

FPR drivers have topped three of the four sessions held to date following the efforts of Chaz Mostert and David Reynolds on Thursday.

“It’s good to sit here and watch with a big smile, but it’s still Friday,” said Winterbottom after Practice 4.

“We’re still tuning away. The track will change a lot, we’ve seen it this morning as well. But it’s good to be up the front and putting the pressure on the other guys.”

Alex Premat ended the session third in Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo after briefly topping the order inside the final five minutes.

Damage to the rear of Ash Walsh's DJR Falcon

Damage to the rear of Ash Walsh’s DJR Falcon

Taz Douglas was the fastest of the Nissans in fourth ahead of Dean Canto’s FPR Falcon, the second Norton Altima, driven by Dean Fiore, and the Jack Daniel’s example at the hands of Alex Buncombe.

Practice 4 was the first session to run without a red flag interruption, with the only notable drama befalling DJR’s Ash Walsh.

The #16 Wilson Security Falcon suffered cosmetic rear-end damage in an incident at The Cutting with 15 minutes remaining.

“I just turned in and lost the rear and got the wall pretty lightly. It’s cosmetic damage,” he said.

“It’s one of those things here that if you make a small error you pay for it pretty hard.”

Red Bull co-drivers Steven Richards and Paul Dumbrell sat one-two for a large portion of the session before falling to 10th and 16th respectively by the flag.

All 26 cars took to the track this morning following repair work from the Holden Racing Team and Volvo Polestar Racing on its Garth Tander/Warren Luff and Robert Dahlgren/Greg Ritter entries respectively

The final practice session prior to qualifying will kick-off at 1310 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 4, Bathurst

1
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Steve Owen
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.78
2
Lockwood Racing
Luke Youlden
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.80
00:00.02
3
Valvoline Racing GRM
Alexandre Premat
Volvo S60
02:06.89
00:00.11
4
Norton Hornets
Taz Douglas
Nissan Altima
02:07.19
00:00.41
5
The Bottle-O Racing Team
Dean Canto
Ford Falcon FG
02:07.31
00:00.53
6
Norton Hornets
Dean Fiore
Nissan Altima
02:07.33
00:00.56
7
Jack Daniel's Racing
Alex Buncombe
Nissan Altima
02:07.34
00:00.56
8
Team JELD-WEN
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG
02:07.43
00:00.65
9
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tony D'Alberto
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.52
00:00.74
10
Red Bull Racing Australia
Steven Richards
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.55
00:00.77
11
Wilson Security Racing
Steven Johnson
Ford Falcon FG
02:07.63
00:00.86
12
Repair Management Aust Racing
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.65
00:00.87
13
Walkinshaw Racing
Oliver Gavin
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.71
00:00.93
14
Team BOC
Andrew Jones
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.83
00:01.05
15
Valvoline Racing GRM
Greg Ritter
Volvo S60
02:07.84
00:01.06
16
Red Bull Racing Australia
Paul Dumbrell
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.87
00:01.09
17
Wilson Security Racing
Ashley Walsh
Ford Falcon FG
02:08.02
00:01.25
18
Jack Daniel's Racing
David Russell
Nissan Altima
02:08.04
00:01.26
19
Team Advam/GB
Chris Pither
Holden Commodore VF
02:08.06
00:01.28
20
Holden Racing Team
Warren Luff
Holden Commodore VF
02:08.10
00:01.32
21
Holden Racing Team
Greg Murphy
Holden Commodore VF
02:08.11
00:01.33
22
Erebus Team Beko
Alex Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
02:08.16
00:01.38
23
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
02:08.34
00:01.57
24
Erebus Motorsport V8
Craig Baird
Mercedes E63 AMG
02:08.41
00:01.63
25
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Jonathon Webb
Holden Commodore VF
02:08.54
00:01.77
26
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Paul Morris
Ford Falcon FG
02:09.89
00:03.11