Davison fires final shot in Friday Barbagallo practice
V8 Supercars Championship leader Will Davison came out on top after a late flurry of fast times in the third and final practice session of the day at Barbagallo.
Teams rolled out the best of their practice tyres of the final 10 minutes of the half hour hit-out, with Davison the first to eclipse Jamie Whincup’s fastest time of 56.37s from the preceding session.
The Pepsi Max Ford driver then went quicker again on his following lap to leave the benchmark at 56.22s before spending the final minutes in pitlane.
Davison later noted that he had dropped a wheel off the road at the exit of Turn 6 on his fastest lap, costing crucial time.
Whincup got closest to Davison’s time in the dying seconds but fell 0.03s short.
Fabian Coulthard, Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes completed the top five, while Scott Pye, who missed Pukekohe after a crash at Symmons Plains, was sixth.
The Holden Racing Team Commodores lifted themselves from the bottom of the order in the late flurry.
James Courtney ended up seventh ahead of David Reynolds, debutant Chaz Mostert and Dean Fiore.
Despite differing tyre quality, just a single second split the top 25 runners at the end of the 30 minutes.
Jason Bright ran towards the top of the order during the early stages of the session but was one of several to elect to save their second set of pre-marked practice tyres for Practice 4 on Saturday morning.
Tim Blanchard did not complete a flying lap in Practice 3 after his Dick Johnson Racing Ford stopped at the exit of Turn 1 early in the going – triggering the only red flag of the day.
The car is expected to undergo an engine change prior to this afternoon’s passenger ride session.
See below for the full Practice 3 result
|1||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||0:56.2211|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.2527||0:00.0316|
|3||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.2874||0:00.0663|
|4||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||0:56.2917||0:00.0706|
|5||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.3125||0:00.0914|
|6||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.4320||0:00.2109|
|7||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.4608||0:00.2397|
|8||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||0:56.5253||0:00.3042|
|9||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||0:56.5895||0:00.3684|
|10||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.6034||0:00.3823|
|11||HHA Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||0:56.6147||0:00.3936|
|12||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||0:56.6367||0:00.4156|
|13||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.6636||0:00.4425|
|14||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.6662||0:00.4451|
|15||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.6744||0:00.4533|
|16||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.6817||0:00.4606|
|17||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.6857||0:00.4646|
|18||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||0:56.6912||0:00.4701|
|19||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.7469||0:00.5258|
|20||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||0:56.7970||0:00.5759|
|21||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.8002||0:00.5791|
|22||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.8284||0:00.6073|
|23||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||0:56.9815||0:00.7604|
|24||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||0:57.1078||0:00.8867|
|25||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.2106||0:00.9895|
|26||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||0:58.0186||0:01.7975|
|27||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||0:58.0638||0:01.8427|
|Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG|