Rain returns to Mount Panorama for Practice 6
Preparations for this afternoon’s Top 10 Shootout were skittled this morning as rain returned to Mount Panorama.
Water began falling around the circuit as the V8 Supercars field headed out for Practice 6 – the final hit-out before this afternoon’s one-at-a-time run-off.
Allan Simonsen set a 2:19.65s lap early in the 50 minute session which proved unbeatable as conditions worsened.
Alex Davison was second on 2:20.17s, while the Lee Holdsworth/Greg Ritter entry was third fastest before times drifted towards the 2:30s bracket.
“I was just lucky that I got a clear lap in at the start of the session when it the track was at its quickest,” said Simonsen after the session.
“But the car has been working well all weekend, and I think we’re looking good in wet, dry or chageable conditions – so we’re looking forward to it.”
The 33-year-old stopped short of claiming that the Pepsi Max Crew Commodore should be considered a contender for victory.
“I don’t know, we’ve had some good runs in the past, we came sixth last year, and obviously I hope we’ll end up on the podium somewhere but we’ll see what happens,” he said.
The majority of teams spent the session bedding in their race engine and driveline packages, in addition to roading brakes and wet tyres, and practicing driver changes.
Jim Beam Racing’s Matthew Halliday was the only casualty of the wet conditions, bogging the #18 Falcon in the gravel trap at pit entry with just under four minutes of the session remaining.
The Top 10 Shootout will take place at 1545 local time.
See below for the Practice 6 result
|1||Pepsi Max Crew||G.Murphy/A.Simonsen||Holden Commodore VE2||2:19.6486|
|2||Irwin Racing||A.Davison/D.Brabham||Ford Falcon FG||2:20.1728||0:00.5242|
|3||Fujitsu Racing GRM||L.Holdsworth/G.Ritter||Holden Commodore VE2||2:20.9089||0:01.2603|
|4||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||K.Reindler/D.Wall||Holden Commodore VE2||2:22.5694||0:02.9208|
|5||Jim Beam Racing||S.Johnson/D.Besnard||Ford Falcon FG||2:22.9600||0:03.3114|
|6||Jim Beam Racing||J.Moffat/M.Halliday||Ford Falcon FG||2:24.0804||0:04.4318|
|7||SP Tools Racing||S.Van Gisbergen/J.McIntyre||Ford Falcon FG||2:25.0083||0:05.3597|
|8||VIP Petfoods||S.Owen/P.Morris||Holden Commodore VE2||2:25.6973||0:06.0487|
|9||TeamVodafone||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VE2||2:26.3941||0:06.7455|
|10||Stratco Racing||D.Reynolds/T.Blanchard||Holden Commodore VE2||2:26.4746||0:06.8260|
|11||Team Boc||J.Bright/A.Jones||Holden Commodore VE2||2:27.4293||0:07.7807|
|12||Supercheap Auto Racing||R.Ingall/J.Perkins||Holden Commodore VE2||2:27.5845||0:07.9359|
|13||Mother Energy Racing Team||J.Webb/R.Lyons||Ford Falcon FG||2:27.9589||0:08.3103|
|14||Jack Daniel’s Racing||T.Kelly/David Russell||Holden Commodore VE2||2:27.9959||0:08.3473|
|15||Jack Daniel’s Racing||R.Kelly/O.Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||2:28.2912||0:08.6426|
|16||Bundaberg Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VE2||2:28.3180||0:08.6694|
|17||Toll Holden Racing Team||G.Tander/N.Percat||Holden Commodore VE2||2:28.5814||0:08.9328|
|18||Triple F Racing||D.Fiore/M.Patrizi||Ford Falcon FG||2:28.7480||0:09.0994|
|19||Trading Post FPR Falcon||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||2:28.8485||0:09.1999|
|20||Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||2:29.0917||0:09.4431|
|21||Jana Living Racing||J.Bargwanna/S.Price||Holden Commodore VE2||2:29.9423||0:10.2937|
|22||Shannons Mars Racing||Cameron Waters||Holden Commodore VE2||2:29.9768||0:10.3282|
|23||Gulf Western Oil Racing||W.Luff/N.Pretty||Holden Commodore VE2||2:30.0568||0:10.4082|
|24||Lucky 7 Racing||T.Slade/D.Gaunt||Ford Falcon FG||2:30.6193||0:10.9707|
|25||Toll Holden Racing Team||J.Courtney/C.McConville||Holden Commodore VE2||2:30.7927||0:11.1441|
|26||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Paul Dumbrell||Ford Falcon FG||2:31.5741||0:11.9255|
|27||Wilson Security Team||T.D’Alberto/D.Wood||Ford Falcon FG||2:31.9938||0:12.3452|
|28||TeamVodafone||C.Lowndes/M.Skaife||Holden Commodore VE2||2:34.8171||0:15.1685|
|29||Fujitsu Racing GRM||M.Caruso/M.Marshall||Holden Commodore VE2||2:39.3902||0:19.7416|
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