Winterbottom sets pace in Sandown Practice 1

Friday 14th September, 2012 - 10:58am

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Mark Winterbottom attacks the Turn 3 kerbing

Mark Winterbottom attacks the Turn 3 kerbing

Ford Performance Racing has fired the opening salvo ahead of Sunday’s Dick Smith Sandown 500, with Mark Winterbottom setting the pace in opening practice.

The 2006 Sandown 500 winner recorded his best time of 1:10.70s 29 minutes into the 40 minute session before handing the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon to co-driver Steven Richards.

The championship regulars completed the bulk of the running in most cars as teams evaluated their set-ups in the cool but mainly sunny conditions.

Jamie Whincup ran the entire session in TeamVodafone’s #1 Holden, recording a total of eight laps in the high 1:10s bracket to end up second fastest with a 1:10.72s best.

David Reynolds likewise soaked up the whole session to be third quickest in The Bottle-O Ford, while the Craig Lowndes/Warren Luff, Steve Owen/Paul Morris and Will Davison/John McIntyre combinations filled fourth through sixth.

The session was punctuated by a single red flag period, called to remove the two speed humps on the exit of Turn 12 after they had become dislodged.

The second of three 40 minute outings for the V8 Supercars today is scheduled for 1205 local time, and will be held for the co-drivers only.

See below for the full Practice 1 result

1 M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:10.6974
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.7184 0:00.0210
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7535 0:00.0561
4 C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.7676 0:00.0702
5 S.Owen/P.Morris Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7732 0:00.0758
6 W.Davison/J.McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7762 0:00.0788
7 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.7876 0:00.0902
8 F.Coulthard/D.Besnard Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.8828 0:00.1854
9 Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:10.9440 0:00.2466
10 R.Ingall/C.Klien Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0636 0:00.3662
11 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0976 0:00.4002
12 L.Holdsworth/C.Baird Ford Falcon FG 1:11.1097 0:00.4123
13 T.Slade/A.Thompson Ford Falcon FG 1:11.1419 0:00.4445
14 J.Courtney/C.McConville Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.1447 0:00.4473
15 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.2012 0:00.5038
16 D.Fiore/M.Halliday Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2266 0:00.5292
17 David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.2319 0:00.5345
18 T.D’Alberto/D.Wood Ford Falcon FG 1:11.3532 0:00.6558
19 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.3596 0:00.6622
20 James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 1:11.3728 0:00.6754
21 A.Premat/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.3793 0:00.6819
22 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.4017 0:00.7043
23 S.Van Gisbergen/L.Youlden Ford Falcon FG 1:11.4382 0:00.7408
24 K.Reindler/D.Gaunt Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.4575 0:00.7601
25 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.6488 0:00.9514
26 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 1:12.2367 0:01.5393
27 Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 1:12.4522 0:01.7548
28 M.Patrizi/J.Reid Holden Commodore VE2 1:12.4594 0:01.7620

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

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