Scott Pye continued his strong weekend in front of team owner Roger Penske by topping Sunday morning practice at Pukekohe.
The 15 minute run gave teams a final chance to fine tune their cars ahead of a 20 minute qualifying session that will set the grid for Race 30.
Pye set a best of 1:03.3s on his final lap to end up 0.5s clear of Will Davison’s Erebus Mercedes.
“We made some changes yesterday in the second race,” said Pye, who took a fifth and an eighth from the Saturday races.
“We felt we had a much better car but we didn’t have track position.
“We made another change overnight and that has been positive too. I think we’re in a good position for qualifying.”
Scott McLaughlin, Ash Walsh, Jason Bright and Michael Caruso completed the top six in a session heavily affected by tyre condition.
Lowndes was seventh aboard his rebuilt Red Bull Holden, giving the car a clean bill of health despite the rushed repairs.
“It feels alright, the guys have done a remarkable job,” said Lowndes.
“The car went out without any vibration with the steering wheel straight and is reasonably quick.
“It has good front (grip), we are still searching a little bit for the rear but I’m really happy with where it is at considering at 6am it was still having its last nuts and bolts put together. It’s a credit to the team.”
Result: V8 Supercars ITM 500 Auckland Practice 4
|1||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.3143|
|2||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:03.8559||00.5416|
|3||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:03.8748||00.5605|
|4||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:03.9778||00.6635|
|5||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.9842||00.6699|
|6||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:04.0555||00.7412|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.0635||00.7492|
|8||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.1553||00.8410|
|9||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.1762||00.8619|
|10||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:04.1965||00.8822|
|11||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:04.1983||00.8840|
|12||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.2056||00.8913|
|13||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:04.2653||00.9510|
|14||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.3179||01.0036|
|15||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.3318||01.0175|
|16||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.3401||01.0258|
|17||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.3405||01.0262|
|18||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:04.3430||01.0287|
|19||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:04.3689||01.0546|
|20||Pepsi Max Crew||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:04.3871||01.0728|
|21||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.3887||01.0744|
|22||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:04.3947||01.0804|
|23||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.4404||01.1261|
|24||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.5730||01.2587|
|25||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||1:04.5831||01.2688|