Erebus Mercedes one-two in Practice 1
Erebus Motorsport has topped a V8 Supercars session for the first time in its short history, with Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth showing the way in Practice 1 at Ipswich.
In the first running of the twin 75 minute session format, Slade moved to the top of the order by setting a 1:10.22s lap with little over 15 minutes remaining.
Holdsworth soon joined his team-mate in the low 1:10s range, eventually clocking a best that proved just 0.06s shy of Slade as the chequered flag fell.
An even later effort saw Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Scott Pye third ahead of Will Davison and James Courtney.
The nominated co-drivers filed out of their respective cars shortly after the 30 minute mark, at which point the primary drivers became eligible.
Andrew Jones had set the pace for the majority of the first 30 minutes in the #8 Team BOC Holden.
Lockwood-backed stablemate Luke Youlden eventually clocked the quickest co-driver time however, recording a best of 1:11.33s on his 17th and final lap. That time proved 20th fastest overall; quicker than the eventual best efforts of seven primary drivers.
Steven Johnson and John McIntyre were the only two co-drivers to out-pace their primary partners.
The opening minutes were interrupted by the session’s only red flag, which was required to retrieve Greg Murphy’s #22 HRT Commodore, which had become stranded on the circuit with a mechanical glitch.
Eighteen-year-old Kiwi Andre Heimgartner cut his first ever laps in a V8 Supercars Championship session in Dean Fiore’s #88 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden, recording a best of 1:13.7s.
Shane van Gisbegen ended the session at the very foot of the time sheets after suffering from steering problems.
A second 75 minute session will follow after a 15 minute break.
See below for the full Practice 1
|1||HHA Racing||T.Slade/A.Thompson||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:10.22|
|2||Irwin Racing||L.Holdsworth/C.Baird||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:10.28||00:00.06|
|3||ekol Racing||S.Pye/P.Morris||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.36||00:00.14|
|4||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||W.Davison/S.Owen||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.39||00:00.17|
|5||Holden Racing Team||J.Courtney/G.Murphy||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.42||00:00.20|
|6||Red Bull Racing Australia||J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.47||00:00.25|
|7||Fujitsu Racing GRM||S.McLaughlin/J.Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.48||00:00.26|
|8||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||M.Winterbottom/S.Richards||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.48||00:00.27|
|9||Fujitsu Racing GRM||A.Premat/G.Ritter||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.63||00:00.41|
|10||Wilson Security Racing||D.Wall/C.Pither||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.63||00:00.41|
|11||Team BOC||J.Bright/A.Jones||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.68||00:00.46|
|12||Lockwood Racing||F.Coulthard/L.Youlden||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.70||00:00.48|
|13||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.80||00:00.58|
|14||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||D.Reynolds/D.Canto||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.80||00:00.58|
|15||Jack Daniel’s Racing||R.Kelly/K.Reindler||Nissan Altima||01:10.87||00:00.65|
|16||Red Bull Racing Australia||C.Lowndes/W.Luff||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.88||00:00.66|
|17||Dodo Insurance Racing||D.Fiore/A.Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.94||00:00.72|
|18||Wilson Security Racing||C.Mostert/D.Wood||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.98||00:00.76|
|19||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||01:11.13||00:00.92|
|20||SP Tools Racing||M.Engel/S.Johnson||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:11.34||00:01.12|
|21||Holden Racing Team||G.Tander/N.Percat||Holden Commodore VF||01:11.44||00:01.22|
|22||Team HIFLEX||T.D’Alberto/J.Reid||Holden Commodore VF||01:11.51||00:01.29|
|23||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||A.Davison/J.McIntyre||Ford Falcon FG||01:11.54||00:01.32|
|24||Wilson Security Racing||T.Blanchard/A.Walsh||Ford Falcon FG||01:11.71||00:01.49|
|25||Jack Daniel’s Racing||T.Kelly/D.Russell||Nissan Altima||01:11.87||00:01.65|
|26||Norton 360 Racing||J.Moffat/T.Douglas||Nissan Altima||01:11.98||00:01.76|
|27||Norton 360 Racing||M.Caruso/D.Gaunt||Nissan Altima||01:12.25||00:02.03|
|28||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||01:14.78||00:04.56|