Davison fastest in morning warm-up
The stage is set for the opening race of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship following the completion of this morning’s 20 minute warm-up session.
Will Davison emerged with the fastest time – his 1:22.16s best almost 1s afrift of Craig Lowndes’ pole effort from yesterday.
Tim Slade, Mark Winterbottom, Garth Tander and Shane van Gisbergen rounded out the top five.
Jamie Whincup was sixth fastest, despite making side-on contact with the Turn 8 exit fence mid-session. The TeamVodafone driver had been closely following Jason Bright’s BOC Commodore at the time of the impact, and was able to continue to turn laps without reporting to the pits.
The session featured one red flag period, with Frenchman Alexandre Premat nosing his Fujitsu Racing GRM Commodore into the Turn 11 tyre barrier at the halfway mark.
This morning’s session is the only warm-up on the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship schedule outside of the Sandown and Bathurst endurance races. Unlike yesterday’s qualifying and top 10 shootout sessions, teams were allowed to use pre-marked tyres in the warm-up.
Davison said that the warm-up performance has his FPR crew more confident than ever.
“It’s been a good weekend for FPR so far, I think we’ve topped every session so far except the important one in the shootout,” he said.
“In the warm-up I ran full fuel and old practice tyres and we ended up on top again, so it bodes well for a big race.”
Davison added that an unknown heading into the race is the condition of his back, which has niggled the 2009 Bathurst winner during races for some time.
“Hopefully it’s better, I won’t say it’s perfect, but I don’t usually know these things until I get about 30 laps into the race,” said Davison the issue.
“I’ll just grin and bear it, throw a few pain killers down and she’ll be fine.”
Race 1 of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship will kick off at 1410 local time.
See below for the full warm-up result
|1||Trading Post FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.1553|
|2||Lucky 7 Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.1555||0:00.0002|
|3||Orrcon Steel FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.1991||0:00.0438|
|4||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VE2||1:22.2464||0:00.0911|
|5||SP Tools Racing||Shane Van Gisbergen||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.2960||0:00.1407|
|6||TeamVodafone||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VE2||1:22.3450||0:00.1897|
|7||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.3672||0:00.2119|
|8||TeamVodafone||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VE2||1:22.4578||0:00.3025|
|9||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore VE2||1:22.5025||0:00.3472|
|10||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.5164||0:00.3611|
|11||Jim Beam Racing||Steven Johnson||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.5393||0:00.3840|
|12||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||1:22.6124||0:00.4571|
|13||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VE2||1:22.6369||0:00.4816|
|14||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||1:22.7287||0:00.5734|
|15||Pepsi Max Crew||Greg Murphy||Holden Commodore VE2||1:22.7473||0:00.5920|
|16||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.8114||0:00.6561|
|17||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VE2||1:23.1320||0:00.9767|
|18||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VE2||1:23.2438||0:01.0885|
|19||Team Norton DJR||James Moffat||Ford Falcon FG||1:23.3292||0:01.1739|
|20||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VE2||1:23.3782||0:01.2229|
|21||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VE2||1:23.3928||0:01.2375|
|22||Team iSelect||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VE2||1:23.4909||0:01.3356|
|23||Jim Beam Racing||Dean Fiore||Ford Falcon FG||1:23.5193||0:01.3640|
|24||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VE2||1:24.1146||0:01.9593|
|25||Tekno Autosports||Michael Patrizi||Holden Commodore VE2||1:24.1265||0:01.9712|
|26||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VE2||1:24.1632||0:02.0079|
|27||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Karl Reindler||Holden Commodore VE2||1:24.3710||0:02.2157|
|28||V.I.P. Petfoods||Steve Owen||Ford Falcon FG||1:25.4365||0:03.2812|
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