Winterbottom into the 2:05s ahead of qualifying

Friday 10th October, 2014 - 2:15pm

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Mark Winterbottom

Mark Winterbottom

Mark Winterbottom completed Ford Performance Racing’s strong build-up to qualifying at Bathurst by recording a 2:05.9s lap to top Practice 5.

The Pepsi Max Falcon driver laid down the benchmark after 30 of the session’s 50 minutes.

Initially 0.7s quicker than the field, the time withstood a barrage of late flyers as the field completed their qualifying simulation runs.

Winterbottom himself got closest to going faster, clocking 2:06.0s on his last run after another set-up change.

A 2:06.1s for Scott McLaughlin after the chequered flag put the Volvo second ahead of Jamie Whincup’s Holden and Winterbottom’s FPR stable-mates David Reynolds and Chaz Mostert.

“It’s pretty cool to be the first bloke to do a 2:05s, but this afternoon we’re going to go quicker when it cools down,” said Winterbottom.

“It’s awesome to be quick, but unfortunately that’s only practice, so we’ll tune it up and go again.

“The car rolled out of the truck well but the track keeps changing, so we’ve got to keep tinkering away.”

McLaughlin survived a wild off through McPhillamy Park early in the session that saw the Volvo skip through the sand trap and narrowly avoid the concrete wall.

Michael Caruso continued Nissan’s improved showing with sixth ahead of Fabian Coulthard, Jason Bright, Shane van Gisbergen and James Moffat.

Van Gisbergen endured a dicey encounter of his own, grazing the concrete at The Cutting in the early going, but continuing largely unhindered.

The session was punctured by a single red flag, called early for Todd Kelly’s Nissan, which had stopped at McPhillamy Park.

Kelly was able to drive the Altima back to the garage under its own power, before rejoining the session soon after.

Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 1500 local time, setting the grid for Saturday’s Top 10 Shootout.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 5, Bathurst

1
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
02:05.90
2
Valvoline Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
02:06.15
00:00.25
3
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.17
00:00.27
4
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.22
00:00.31
5
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.38
00:00.48
6
Norton Hornets
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
02:06.46
00:00.56
7
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.49
00:00.58
8
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.58
00:00.68
9
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.72
00:00.82
10
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
02:06.79
00:00.89
11
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.84
00:00.94
12
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.89
00:00.99
13
Jack Daniel's Racing
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
02:07.03
00:01.13
14
Wilson Security Racing
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG
02:07.05
00:01.14
15
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.11
00:01.21
16
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.13
00:01.23
17
Jack Daniel's Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
02:07.16
00:01.26
18
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
02:07.18
00:01.28
19
Walkinshaw Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.25
00:01.35
20
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.52
00:01.62
21
Repair Management Aust Racing
R.Ingall/T.Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.62
00:01.71
22
Erebus Team Beko
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
02:07.81
00:01.90
23
Erebus Motorsport V8
Lee Holdsworth
Mercedes E63 AMG
02:08.02
00:02.12
24
Wilson Security Racing
David Wall
Ford Falcon FG
02:08.30
00:02.40
25
Valvoline Racing GRM
R.Dahlgren/G.Ritter
Volvo S60
02:08.32
00:02.42
26
Super Black Racing
A.Pedersen/A.Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
02:08.76
00:02.86