Lowndes fastest at end of opening day in Austin

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes has ended practice for the Austin 400 on top of the time sheets following a late flurry of fast times in the fourth and final session of the day.

The Red Bull Racing Australia pilot had been just 10th, 12th and 13th in the first three hit-outs as he joined much of the field in starting the day on wet tyres while learning the circuit.

Not happy with the balance of the #888 Holden on his first set of slicks, Lowndes decided to complete a single hot lap on a second new set in Practice 4; jumping to the head of the pack by a full 1.3s with just six minutes remaining.

A host of other drivers also moved to a second set of slicks late in the going, with the top 10 each setting their fastest times on their final run of the day.

Will Davison went closest to Lowndes’ benchmark in the closing minutes, falling 0.34s short of his Holden rival’s 1:32.90s effort to be second fastest in his Pepsi Max FPR Falcon.

Jonathon Webb, Chaz Mostert, James Courtney, Tony D’Alberto, Alex Davison, Tim Slade and Shane Van Gisbergen completed the top 10.

Van Gisbergen had earlier edged Fabian Coulthard to the fastest time with a late effort in Practice 3.

Morning pace-setter Scott McLaughlin and team-mate Alexandre Premat ran one-two with 10 minutes to go in Practice 4 but fell to 16th and 18th respectively.

The Fujitsu GRM outfit had been among the most frugal with their slick tyre allocation across the day. McLaughlin ran just two laps on slicks prior to the final hit-out, while Premat did not see the dry rubber at all until the second half of Practice 4.

Saturday’s V8 Supercars action at the Circuit of the Americas will see two qualifying sessions ahead of Races 13 and 14 of the championship.

See below for the full Practice 4 result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:32.9042R
2 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:33.2403r 0:00.3361
3 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:33.4845r 0:00.5803
4 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:33.5195r 0:00.6153
5 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:33.6855r 0:00.7813
6 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:33.7511r 0:00.8469
7 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 1:33.8497r 0:00.9455
8 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:33.8782r 0:00.9740
9 Heavy Haulage Australia Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 1:33.9287r 0:01.0245
10 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:33.9525r 0:01.0483
11 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:34.0227r 0:01.1185
12 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:34.1304r 0:01.2262
13 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:34.1928r 0:01.2886
14 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 1:34.2922 0:01.3880
15 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:34.3313 0:01.4271
16 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 1:34.5149 0:01.6107
17 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:34.5423 0:01.6381
18 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 1:34.5500 0:01.6458
19 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:34.5588 0:01.6546
20 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 1:34.9919 0:02.0877
21 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:35.0175 0:02.1133
22 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 1:35.1702 0:02.2660
23 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:35.1743 0:02.2701
24 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:35.2394 0:02.3352
25 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 1:35.6796 0:02.7754
26 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:35.7513 0:02.8471
27 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:36.2557 0:03.3515
28 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:36.4518 0:03.5476

See below for the full Practice 3 result

1 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:34.5358
2 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:34.7772 0:00.2414
3 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:35.1143 0:00.5785
4 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:35.2025 0:00.6667
5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:35.3716 0:00.8358
6 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:35.3753 0:00.8395
7 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:35.3992 0:00.8634
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:35.4798 0:00.9440
9 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 1:35.6260 0:01.0902
10 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:35.6586 0:01.1228
11 Heavy Haulage Australia Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 1:35.7100 0:01.1742
12 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:35.7696 0:01.2338
13 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:35.8117 0:01.2759
14 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 1:35.8744 0:01.3386
15 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:35.8892 0:01.3534
16 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:35.9162 0:01.3804
17 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:35.9368 0:01.4010
18 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:36.0049 0:01.4691
19 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:36.1414 0:01.6056
20 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:36.1975 0:01.6617
21 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:36.2124 0:01.6766
22 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 1:36.2810 0:01.7452
23 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:36.2930 0:01.7572
24 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 1:36.4035 0:01.8677
25 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:36.6971 0:02.1613
26 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 1:37.1632 0:02.6274
27 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 1:39.3620 0:04.8262
28 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 1:39.3647 0:04.8289

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