Chaz Mostert blitzes Friday Ipswich practice

Friday 31st July, 2015 - 2:22pm

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Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert continued Prodrive’s impressive V8 Supercars Championship form with a commanding performance in Practice 2 at Ipswich.

The Pepsi Max Ford shot to the top of the order with 10 of the 60 minutes remaining, recording a 1:09.48s on soft tyres.

That effort put him 0.5s clear of previous pace-setter Scott McLaughlin, before Tim Slade closed the margin to 0.35s in the final minutes.

After a set-up change, Mostert went out for a second run on his softs but fell 0.2s short of his own earlier effort.

The #6 Falcon also proved one of the fastest across the day on the hard rubber, leaving Mostert highly pleased with his day’s work.

“We ran on hards most of the day and pre-empted what we needed to do with the car on the soft,” explained Mostert, having been fourth in Practice 1 without using the softs.

“I think we missed it a little bit on the first run and then tuned it up a bit for the second, but the softs as they go away, they deteriorate.

“We’re pretty happy though. The car is brilliant, it probably just needs a tune up here and there.”

Slade and McLaughlin held second and third to the chequered flag ahead of Todd Kelly, Ash Walsh, David Reynolds, James Courtney, James Moffat and Will Davison, who all ended the session on the soft tyres.

Red Bull’s Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup were next, both on the hard tyres, while Mostert’s team-mate Mark Winterbottom was even further back in 16th.

DJR Team Penske’s Scott Pye was 19th, surviving a wild moment at Turn 6 as the chequered flag fell.

Locking a right-front tyre, Pye elected to turn hard left at the final right-hander, skipping through the gravel trap before rejoining undamaged at Turn 3.

The day’s only red flag was brought out by Dale Wood, who went off at Turn 3 and momentarily parked his #21 Brad Jones Racing Holden beside the tyre barriers.

The Ipswich circuit provided typically challenging conditions for teams and drivers to tune their cars, with the track surface noticeably greasy during the afternoon’s warm conditions.

A third and final practice session will take place from 1000 local time Saturday prior to qualifying.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 2, Queensland Raceway

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:09.49
2
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:09.83
00:00.35
3
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:09.99
00:00.51
4
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:10.06
00:00.57
5
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:10.14
00:00.65
6
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:10.19
00:00.70
7
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.24
00:00.75
8
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:10.28
00:00.79
9
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:10.28
00:00.79
10
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.29
00:00.80
11
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.37
00:00.88
12
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:10.38
00:00.89
13
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.42
00:00.93
14
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:10.45
00:00.96
15
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:10.46
00:00.97
16
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:10.47
00:00.98
17
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.47
00:00.99
18
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.60
00:01.11
19
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:10.65
00:01.17
20
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:10.67
00:01.18
21
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.72
00:01.24
22
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.75
00:01.26
23
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.81
00:01.32
24
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.86
00:01.37
25
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:10.98
00:01.50