Percat flies as conditions improve at Winton

Tom Howard

Friday 19th May, 2017 - 4:08pm

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Nick Percat

A last gasp effort from Nick Percat on a drying track put the Brad Jones Racing on top in Practice 2 at the Winton Super Sprint.

Rain abated prior to the start of the 45 minute session but prolonged showers earlier in the day presented a wet track to the Supercars field.

As the time progressed, a dry line appeared before teams elected to fit slick tyres for the final minutes.

Percat was among those to equip dry tyres which resulted in a 1:28.10s effort as he then ran out of fuel.

The South Australian proved to be more than a second faster than nearest rival Scott McLaughlin in the #17 DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon.

McLaughlin had topped the times prior to the crossover point onto the slick rubber.

Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds was another to make the slick tyre work, moving to third late on ahead of Fabian Coulthard (DJRTP) and Prodrive’s Cameron Waters.

Mobil 1 HSV Racing’s James Courtney was the best of the wet tyre runners in sixth, with the 2010 champion having undergone a chassis change prior to the weekend.

Nissan Motorsport’s Michael Caruso showed strong pace in the wet topping the times for a period of the session, before sliding down to seventh.

The two 10 was rounded out by Jamie Whincup (Triple Eight), Tim Slade (Brad Jones Racing) and Preston Hire Racing’s Lee Holdsworth.

The session ran green for 15 minutes before Macauley Jones brought out the red flags when he lost control of his Brad Jones Racing wildcard entry on the entry to P7, spinning into the gravel, trap.

Fellow wildcard runner Shae Davies, who topped the additional co-driver practice earlier today, brought out the red flags for a second time nine minutes later.

The Dunlop Super2 regular ran wide at Turn 3 where he became beached in the gravel.

Action was short-lived after its resumption when Brad Jones Racing’s Tim Blanchard rotated at Turn 3 prompting a third stoppage.

Once recovered, Jones, Davies and Blanchard returned to the session before finishing 26th, 24th and 23rd respectively.

There was a controversial incident towards the end of the session when James Moffat (P20) and Shane van Gisbergen (P14) made contact at Turn 7.

“He gave me a little one-finger salute after that so I don’t think he was too happy with me about it,” said Moffat.

“But if I meant to do it I would have done it proper. I would have turned him around properly. It’s just one of those things.”

Taz Douglas is set to undergo a post session stewards investigation for shortcutting the circuit.

The Winton Super Sprint continues on Saturday with a 45 minute practice at 1050 ahead of qualifying session (1325) and a 40-lap race scheduled to start at 1600 local time.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Winton Super Sprint Practice 2

1 Freightliner/Alliance Truck Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:28.1050*SS
2 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.2059 SS 01.1009
3 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:29.5228 SS 01.4178
4 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.1627 SS 02.0577
5 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.2130 SS 02.1080
6 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:30.4084 W 02.3034
7 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:30.4900 W 02.3850
8 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:30.7129 SS 02.6079
9 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:30.7624 SS 02.6574
10 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:31.0307 SS 02.9257
11 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.0321 SS 02.9271
12 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.2089 SS 03.1039
13 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.2273 SS 03.1223
14 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:31.3936 SS 03.2886
15 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:31.4153 SS 03.3103
16 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:31.5477 W 03.4427
17 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:31.8147 SS 03.7097
18 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:31.8158 SS 03.7108
19 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:32.2627 W 04.1577
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 1:32.5713 W 04.4663
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Golding Holden Commodore VF 1:32.6114 W 04.5064
22 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:32.7872 SS 04.6822
23 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:32.8801 SS 04.7751
24 Loco Energy Drink Shae Davies Nissan Altima 1:33.4211 SS 05.3161
25 LD Motorsport Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 1:33.7431 W 05.6381
26 Drillpro Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:33.7528 W 05.6478
27 Repair Management Aust Racing Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VF 1:34.8843 W 06.7793
28 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:35.6641 W 07.5591
29 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:35.9196 W 07.8146