Stage set for FPR/T8 qualifying battle after Practice 4

Saturday 15th September, 2012 - 10:23am


Mark Winterbottom's Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

Mark Winterbottom’s Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

All is in readiness for a tight qualifying battle between Ford Performance Racing and TeamVodafone after the final practice session of the weekend at Sandown.

Mark Winterbottom ended Practice 4 on top with a 1:09.75s, which proved just 0.0007s better than Jamie Whincup’s final effort.

Will Davison and Craig Lowndes were also within 0.1s of the benchmark in third and fourth respectively, while the third Ford Performance Racing entry of David Reynolds rounded out the top five.

There was early drama for Whincup, who watched on as co-driver Paul Dumbrell brought out the red flags with a spin at Turn 4.

The car came to rest against the outside tyre barrier, but soon returned to the track with Whincup at the wheel sporting only a minor mark on its left-front corner. The championship leader remained in the car until the chequered flag.

Davison, meanwhile, went off at Turn 1 immediately after setting his best time, appearing to damage a new left-front Dunlop in the process.

Others to test out the Turn 1 grass late in the going included Alexandre Premat and Shane van Gisbergen, while Scott Pye did well to escape the Turn 9 gravel after a mistake of his own.

Filling sixth through 10th in the final order were Lee Holdsworth, James Moffat, Garth Tander, Tim Slade and Jason Bright. Two quick laps mid-session had seen Bright sit atop the leader board for 20 minutes before the late flurry of fast times.

The sister Brad Jones Racing entry of Fabian Coulthard/David Besnard made a successful return to the circuit after its overnight rebuild. Both drivers turned laps in the car, which ended up 14th after briefly topping the order in the early going.

The circuit remained dry throughout the session despite threatening skies and a prediction of patchy drizzle in Melbourne this morning.

A 20 minute qualifying session is scheduled to kick-off at 1140 before the co-driver qualifying race at 1445 and the main driver qualifying race at 1638.

See below for the full Practice 4 result

1 M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:09.7477
2 J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 1:09.7484 0:00.0007
3 W.Davison/J.McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 1:09.8031 0:00.0554
4 C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VE2 1:09.8341 0:00.0864
5 D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG 1:09.9357 0:00.1880
6 L.Holdsworth/C.Baird Ford Falcon FG 1:10.0749 0:00.3272
7 J.Moffat/A.Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:10.0969 0:00.3492
8 G.Tander/N.Percat Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.1504 0:00.4027
9 T.Slade/A.Thompson Ford Falcon FG 1:10.1783 0:00.4306
10 J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.2053 0:00.4576
11 A.Premat/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.2116 0:00.4639
12 S.Owen/P.Morris Ford Falcon FG 1:10.2230 0:00.4753
13 R.Ingall/C.Klien Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.2248 0:00.4771
14 F.Coulthard/D.Besnard Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.2508 0:00.5031
15 M.Caruso/G.Ritter Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.2538 0:00.5061
16 D.Fiore/M.Halliday Ford Falcon FG 1:10.3157 0:00.5680
17 R.Kelly/D.Russell Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.3421 0:00.5944
18 J.Courtney/C.McConville Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.3646 0:00.6169
19 T.D’Alberto/D.Wood Ford Falcon FG 1:10.4000 0:00.6523
20 T.Kelly/T.Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.4903 0:00.7426
21 S.Van Gisbergen/L.Youlden Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5383 0:00.7906
22 M.Patrizi/J.Reid Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.6044 0:00.8567
23 D.Wall/C.Pither Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.7190 0:00.9713
24 K.Reindler/D.Gaunt Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.8235 0:01.0758
25 G.Murphy/O.Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0882 0:01.3405
26 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.2605 0:01.5128
27 T.Douglas/S.Pye Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.2844 0:01.5367
28 S.Johnson/A.Simonsen Ford Falcon FG 1:11.4178 0:01.6701

See below for’s Sandown 500 Race Guide

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