Reynolds edges Erebus trio in Practice 2
David Reynolds spoiled a near perfect day for Erebus Motorsport as he edged the Mercedes trio for the fastest time in Practice 2 at Queensland Raceway.
The second of two 75 minute sessions held during the afternoon ended with a flurry of fast times that saw long-time pace-setter Tim Slade bumped from first to third.
Reynolds’ best of 1:09.59s came with little over three minutes remaining.
Lee Holdsworth fired even later final shots, falling just 0.06s short of The Bottle-O Ford, which had also set the Friday pace last time out in Townsville.
Maro Engel ensured all three Mercedes entries lapped within 0.2s of each other in fourth ahead of Brad Jones Racing team-mates Fabian Coulthard and David Wall.
Will Davison, Jason Bright, Alex Davison and Chaz Mostert completed the top 10.
Several late laps were hampered by yellow flags flying at Turn 3 for the Shane van Gisbergen Holden, which was stranded at Turn 3 after a spin.
Red Bull Racing Australia had a typically quiet Friday, with its drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes 13th and 20th respectively after electing against running new tyres.
Whincup clocked a mammoth 40 laps during the 75 minutes; seven more than any other driver. His efforts included an longest unbroken spell of nine laps.
With co-drivers optional for the remainder of the day following the opening 30 minutes of Practice 1, just 10 part-timers were seen in the second hit-out.
Ford Performance Racing, the Holden Racing Team and Fujitsu GRM cycled drivers through their cars, while Karl Reindler also made a brief appearance aboard the #15 Nissan of Rick Kelly.
See below for the full Practice 2 result
|1||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||D.Reynolds/D.Canto||Ford Falcon FG||1:09.5926*|
|2||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:09.65||00:00.06|
|3||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:09.78||00:00.18|
|4||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:09.82||00:00.23|
|5||Lockwood Racing||F.Coulthard/L.Youlden||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.88||00:00.29|
|6||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.00||00:00.41|
|7||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||W.Davison/S.Owen||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.04||00:00.45|
|8||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.04||00:00.45|
|9||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||A.Davison/J.McIntyre||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.10||00:00.51|
|10||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.13||00:00.54|
|11||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||M.Winterbottom/S.Richards||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.20||00:00.61|
|12||Fujitsu Racing GRM||A.Premat/G.Ritter||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.22||00:00.62|
|13||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.23||00:00.64|
|14||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||01:10.26||00:00.67|
|15||Holden Racing Team||J.Courtney/G.Murphy||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.28||00:00.68|
|16||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.31||00:00.72|
|17||Fujitsu Racing GRM||S.McLaughlin/J.Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.34||00:00.75|
|18||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.34||00:00.75|
|19||Holden Racing Team||G.Tander/N.Percat||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.38||00:00.79|
|20||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.41||00:00.82|
|21||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.51||00:00.92|
|22||Jack Daniel’s Racing||R.Kelly/K.Reindler||Nissan Altima||01:10.52||00:00.93|
|23||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||01:10.53||00:00.94|
|24||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||01:10.55||00:00.96|
|25||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.78||00:01.19|
|26||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||01:10.82||00:01.23|
|27||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||01:10.92||00:01.33|
|28||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||01:11.02||00:01.42|