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Reynolds fastest amid mixed conditions at Sandown

Friday 14th September, 2012 - 2:47pm

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The Bottle-O Racing Ford set the Friday pace at Sandown

The Bottle-O Racing Ford set the Friday pace at Sandown

David Reynolds has ended the third and final V8 Supercars practice session of the day at Sandown with the fastest time after another 40 minute hit-out interrupted by rain.

The Botte-O Ford driver edged Jamie Whincup from the top spot by 0.012s after setting a 1:10.58s lap inside the final minute.

Reynolds’ Ford Performance Racing stable-mate Will Davison clocked an even later effort to finish third fastest ahead of Craig Lowndes, Tim Slade, Mark Winterbottom, Lee Holdsworth, Garth Tander, Greg Murphy and James Courtney.

Rain at the 15 minute mark made for a mixed session, with a large portion of the field electing to log laps on wet tyres before the circuit was dry enough for a return to slicks.

Whincup had set the pace before the rain, and was the first to eclipse his own time when switching back to the slick tyres for the final 10 minutes.

The red flags had earlier been called just four minutes into the session when Steve Owen went off and became stranded on the wet grass at the Turn 2/3 complex. The VIP Petfoods Ford soon returned to the circuit to end the session 19th fastest.

Early drama also befell the Trading Post Falcon, which sustained minor damage in a collision between John McIntyre and Alexandre Premat.

The Fabian Coulthard/David Besnard Holden was absent from the final session after its crash in Practice 2. The car is expected to return to the circuit for final practice tomorrow morning.

Practice 4 will be followed by a 20 minute qualifying session and a pair of qualifying races in the afternoon.

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s Practice 2 report

CLICK HERE for more on David Besnard’s Practice 2 crash

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s Practice 1 report

See below for the full Practice 3 result

1 D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5812
2 J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.5935 0:00.0123
3 W.Davison/J.McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 1:10.6232 0:00.0420
4 C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.6298 0:00.0486
5 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7173 0:00.1361
6 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7651 0:00.1839
7 Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 1:10.8568 0:00.2756
8 G.Tander/N.Percat Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.9293 0:00.3481
9 G.Murphy/O.Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0496 0:00.4684
10 J.Courtney/C.McConville Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0817 0:00.5005
11 Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.1870 0:00.6058
12 S.Van Gisbergen/L.Youlden Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2222 0:00.6410
13 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.3338 0:00.7526
14 D.Wall/C.Pither Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.3657 0:00.7845
15 R.Ingall/C.Klien Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.3661 0:00.7849
16 S.Johnson/A.Simonsen Ford Falcon FG 1:11.4326 0:00.8514
17 T.D’Alberto/D.Wood Ford Falcon FG 1:11.5016 0:00.9204
18 J.Moffat/A.Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:11.5208 0:00.9396
19 Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 1:11.5379 0:00.9567
20 M.Caruso/G.Ritter Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.5560 0:00.9748
21 T.Kelly/T.Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.5613 0:00.9801
22 M.Patrizi/J.Reid Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.5732 0:00.9920
23 Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:11.6012 0:01.0200
24 R.Kelly/D.Russell Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.8579 0:01.2767
25 T.Douglas/S.Pye Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.9068 0:01.3256
26 J.Webb/S.McLaughlin Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.9380 0:01.3568
27 K.Reindler/D.Gaunt Holden Commodore VE2 1:12.5506 0:01.9694

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Sandown 500 Race Guide

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