Rick Kelly on top in opening Townsville practice

Rick Kelly shot to the top at the end of the session

Rick Kelly shot to the top at the end of the session

Rick Kelly has topped the time sheets in the first of four practice sessions for the V8 Supercars in Townsville today.

The Jack Daniel’s Racing Commodore driver recorded a best time of 1:14.02s as the chequered flag fell on the session, contested by endurance co-drivers and regular drivers in the bottom 50 percent of the championship.

James Moffat was 0.48s adrift in second after a similarly late effort, while Steven Richards, Steve Owen and Cameron McConville rounded out the top five.

Nick Percat ended the 30 minutes sixth after spending much of the first half at the top of the order. Percat had also set the pace in the morning’s earlier Dunlop Series practice session.

The session was punctuated by a single red flag period after Karl Reindler parked his Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Commodore at the entry to Turn 7 with a loose oil fitting. The car returned to the circuit to complete a total of eight laps.

The SP Tools Racing Falcon was lucky to escape without damage following a high-speed spin from Luke Youlden at Turn 5, while fellow Ford drivers Dean Canto and Dale Wood were among others to visit the grass.

Greg Murphy-substitute Jacques Villenueve completed a quiet 15 laps in the Pepsi Max Crew Commodore to end the session at the tail of the field with a best time of 1:17.70s.

See below for the full Practice 1 times

1 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:14.0163
2 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 1:14.4972 0:00.4809
3 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:14.4986 0:00.4823
4 VIP Petfoods S.Owen/P.Morris Ford Falcon FG 1:14.5010 0:00.4847
5 Holden Racing Team Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE2 1:14.5139 0:00.4976
6 Holden Racing Team Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE2 1:14.6009 0:00.5846
7 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:14.7355 0:00.7192
8 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:14.8032 0:00.7869
9 TeamVodafone Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 1:14.8095 0:00.7932
10 TeamVodafone Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.0073 0:00.9910
11 Supercheap Auto Racing R.Ingall/C.Klien Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.0131 0:00.9968
12 Tekno Autosports Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.0933 0:01.0770
13 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.2943 0:01.2780
14 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.4123 0:01.3960
15 The Bottle-O Racing Team Dean Canto Ford Falcon FG 1:15.4351 0:01.4188
16 Jack Daniel’s Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.4635 0:01.4472
17 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.4813 0:01.4650
18 Tekno Autosports Jonny Reid Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.5812 0:01.5649
19 Lockwood Racing David Besnard Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.7191 0:01.7028
20 Trading Post FPR Ford John McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 1:15.7510 0:01.7347
21 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 1:15.7635 0:01.7472
22 Team Hiflex T.D’Alberto/D.Wood Ford Falcon FG 1:16.0102 0:01.9939
23 SP Tools Racing Luke Youlden Ford Falcon FG 1:16.0403 0:02.0240
24 Lucky 7 Racing Andrew Thompson Ford Falcon FG 1:16.2779 0:02.2616
25 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 1:16.3004 0:02.2841
26 Irwin Racing Craig Baird Ford Falcon FG 1:16.3540 0:02.3377
27 Fujitsu Racing GRM Greg Ritter Holden Commodore VE2 1:16.5260 0:02.5097
28 Pepsi Max Crew Jaques Villeneuve Holden Commodore VE2 1:17.6976 0:03.6813

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Sucrogen Townsville 400 Race Guide

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Race Guide for the British Grand Prix, which is also taking place this weekend

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