Courtney tops Sandown Friday practice

James Courtney's Jim Beam Racing Falcon at Sandown today

James Courtney's Jim Beam Racing Falcon at Sandown today

V8 Supercars Championship leader James Courtney has topped the times at the end of the first day for the penultimate round of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at Sandown Raceway.

The Jim Beam Racing driver finished the session ahead of his three closest title rivals – Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.

The TeamVodafone drivers both set their times late in the session, edging out SP Tools driver Shane van Gisbergen for the top three spot.

Rounding out the top 10 was Jonathon Webb (Dick Johnson Racing), Fabian Coulthard (Bundaberg Red Racing), Paul Dumbrell (The Bottle-O Racing), Steve Johnson and Will Davison (Toll HRT).

Trading Post Racing’s Jason Bright did not take part in the final session after being involved in an incident in the third practice session. CLICK HERE for more on Bright’s practice accident, including crash pictures …

In the earlier sessions, Bright, Will Davison and Steve Richards topped the sessions.

Combined results; Practice 3 and 4; Sandown Raceway

1 18 James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1:10.9864*
2 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:11.0039
3 888 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 1:11.0615
4 1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE 1:11.1882
5 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2006
6 19 Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2473
7 24 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 1:11.2590
8 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2866
9 17 Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:11.3002
10 22 Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1:11.3482
11 7 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:11.3702
12 39 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1:11.3981
13 6 Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:11.4467
14 47 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1:11.4514
15 4 Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:11.4595
16 51 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1:11.5183
17 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1:11.5556
18 2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1:11.5597
19 34 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1:11.6591
20 12 Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:11.8047
21 11 Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1:11.8227
22 15 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:11.8706
23 3 Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1:11.9084
24 21 Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 1:12.0079
25 10 Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 1:12.1041
26 8 Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE 1:12.3738
27 30 Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE 1:12.5332
28 14 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE 1:12.6242
29 16 Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE 1:12.8423

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