Moffat puts DJR on top in first Winton practice

James Moffat set the Practice 1 pace

James Moffat set the Practice 1 pace

Dick Johnson Racing’s James Moffat has set the pace in the first of four practice sessions for the V8 Supercars Championship at Winton Motor Raceway today.

Fresh from scoring season best qualifying and race performances last time out in Abu Dhabi, Moffat recorded a 1:23.96s lap of the Winton circuit on his first of three runs in Practice 1 to monopolise the top spot.

Moffat set the time on a fresh set of pre-marked soft tyres left over from his disastrous Armor All Gold Coast campaign last month.

The first two practice sessions are for drivers in the bottom 50 percent of the championship only before the full field takes to the track for Practice 3.

Alexandre Premat, whose car also had a shocking run on the Gold Coast, moved to second midway through the 30 minutes – lapping just 0.10s off the pace in his Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden.

Tony D’Alberto, Steven Johnson, Jason Bright, Karl Reindler, Greg Murphy, Taz Douglas, Steve Owen and David Wall rounded out the top 10.

Jonathon Webb, who set the Practice 1 pace in Abu Dhabi, languished at the bottom of the time sheets having been the only runner to not bolt on any soft compound Dunlop rubber.

Bright and sunny conditions have greeted teams at Winton this morning, with track temperatures set to sore to almost double that of the predicted 22 degree ambient maximum.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 1, Winton Motor Raceway

1 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 1:23.9584
2 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.0598 0:00.1014
3 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 1:24.0839 0:00.1255
4 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:24.3934 0:00.4350
5 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.4692 0:00.5108
6 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.5704 0:00.6120
7 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.6484 0:00.6900
8 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.6752 0:00.7168
9 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 1:24.6861 0:00.7277
10 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.7989 0:00.8405
11 Jack Daniel’s Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.8070 0:00.8486
12 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.9555 0:00.9971
13 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:25.0995 0:01.1411
14 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 1:26.1148 0:02.1564

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Winton Race Guide

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