Whincup in command during second Abu Dhabi practice

Jamie Whincup's TeamVodafone Holden set the pace in Practice 2

Jamie Whincup’s TeamVodafone Holden set the pace in Practice 2

V8 Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of qualifying in Abu Dhabi, topping the second practice session of the day.

The TeamVodafone driver sat atop the sheets from the early minutes, setting his best time of 2:13.66s on just his fourth of 11 laps.

A late effort from Tony D’Alberto saw the repaired Hiflex Falcon just 0.15s adrift in second ahead of Practice 1 fast-man Jonathon Webb.

Steve Owen and Michael Patrizi also lapped in the 2:13s bracket to complete the top five while Steven Johnson, Craig Lowndes, Dean Fiore, Tim Slade and Shane van Gisbergen filled sixth through 10th.

A number of drivers, including the three Ford Performance Racing Falcon pilots Will Davison, Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds, elected against dipping into their soft tyre bank during the session and ended up down the order.

Greg Murphy’s difficult day continued as the Pepsi Max Crew Holden failed to add to its single flying lap from Practice 1, sitting in the garage with mechanical issues for most of the 30 minutes.

A 20 minute qualifying session will complete the Friday running for the V8 Supercars at the Yas Marina Circuit. Each driver’s three fastest times in the session will determine the grid for Races 24, 25 and 26 respectively.

See below for the full Practice 2 result

1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.6960
2 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 2:13.8090 0:00.1130
3 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.8300 0:00.1340
4 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 2:13.9280 0:00.2320
5 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.9950 0:00.2990
6 Dick Johnson Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 2:14.0180 0:00.3220
7 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.0930 0:00.3970
8 Dick Johnson Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 2:14.1790 0:00.4830
9 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 2:14.3660 0:00.6700
10 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 2:14.5740 0:00.8780
11 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 2:14.5750 0:00.8790
12 Kelly Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.6420 0:00.9460
13 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.8500 0:01.1540
14 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 2:15.0100 0:01.3140
15 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 2:15.2320 0:01.5360
16 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 2:15.2880 0:01.5920
17 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 2:15.3420 0:01.6460
18 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 2:15.3710 0:01.6750
19 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 2:15.6200 0:01.9240
20 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 2:15.6300 0:01.9340
21 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 2:15.8240 0:02.1280
22 Kelly Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 2:15.8580 0:02.1620
23 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 2:15.9000 0:02.2040
24 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 2:15.9970 0:02.3010
25 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 2:16.4760 0:02.7800
26 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 2:16.9270 0:03.2310
27 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 2:17.1900 0:03.4940
28 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 2:29.3860 0:15.6900

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