Moffat puts Nissan on top in Winton practice
James Moffat has further boosted expectations for a competitive run from Nissan Motorsport at Winton this weekend by setting the fastest time in Friday practice.
After a wet opening 75 minute hit-out, the rural Victorian venue proved dry enough for slicks within just minutes of Practice 2 getting underway.
Spots of rain began to fall towards the end of the session, although did not prove enough to alter lap speed.
Moffat’s best time of 1:23.48s came with 15 minutes remaining and left the Altima driver 0.12s quicker than next fastest man David Reynolds.
Chaz Mostert, Scott McLaughlin, Will Davison, Shane van Gisbergen, Michael Caruso, Fabian Coulthard, Rick Kelly and Jason Bright completed the top 10.
Those hoping to bump Moffat from the top with a late charge were left disappointed as a trip into the Turn 4 tyre barrier for James Courtney ensured the session was effectively over four minutes early.
As was the case in Practice 1, the wet track verges contributed to a total of five red flags.
Three were called for single car incidents at Turn 4. Scott Pye and Lee Holdsworth had earlier spun at the corner, with the latter’s Mercedes suffering left-rear damage after making the tyre wall.
Off-track excursions for Alexandre Premat at Turn 11 and Dean Fiore at Turn 8 accounted for the remaining stoppages.
Dean Canto, Karl Reindler and Nick Percat were the only three co-drivers to cut laps in the second session, which was open to primary drivers for its duration.
See below for the full Practice 2 result
|1||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:23.4785*|
|2||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||D.Reynolds/D.Canto||Ford Falcon FG||01:23.60||00:00.12|
|3||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||01:23.63||00:00.15|
|4||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||01:23.67||00:00.19|
|5||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||01:23.82||00:00.35|
|6||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||01:23.89||00:00.41|
|7||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||01:23.94||00:00.46|
|8||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||01:23.94||00:00.46|
|9||Jack Daniel’s Racing||R.Kelly/K.Reindler||Nissan Altima||01:24.13||00:00.65|
|10||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.21||00:00.74|
|11||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:24.21||00:00.74|
|12||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.27||00:00.79|
|13||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.34||00:00.86|
|14||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||01:24.37||00:00.89|
|15||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.45||00:00.97|
|16||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.46||00:00.98|
|17||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.46||00:00.98|
|18||Holden Racing Team||G.Tander/N.Percat||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.48||00:01.00|
|19||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.50||00:01.02|
|20||HHA Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:24.51||00:01.03|
|21||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.53||00:01.05|
|22||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.64||00:01.16|
|23||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.70||00:01.22|
|24||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.75||00:01.27|
|25||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.79||00:01.31|
|26||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:24.80||00:01.32|
|27||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||01:24.97||00:01.49|
|28||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||01:25.60||00:02.13|