Whincup dominant in crash hit Practice 3

Thursday 10th October, 2013 - 4:53pm

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Jamie Whincup stunned the field in the final session

Jamie Whincup stunned the field in the final session

Jamie Whincup proved almost three quarters of a second faster than the field during a red flag hit final Thursday practice session at Bathurst.

Three red flags punctuated the session, beginning with a major hit for Tim Slade’s Erebus Mercedes.

Having been hurriedly repaired following co-driver Andrew Thompson’s brake failure induced crash in the earlier session, Slade completed just two flying laps before finding the wall at The Cutting.

An accident for Alex Davison at Reid Park a short time later caused a second stoppage, while a mechanical problem for Jason Bright and a crash for Todd Kelly brought the total red flags to three.

Bright had been fastest with 10 minutes remaining when he suffered a spectacular driveline failure coming down Conrod.

Slade's Mercedes took a massive hit at The Cutting

Slade’s Mercedes took a massive hit at The Cutting

The session was subsequently extended until its time cut-off, allowing for a final 10 minutes of running.

Whincup easily proved fastest of all, running a 2:08.75s and then 2:08.32s to move a full second clear of the field.

A late effort from Mark Winterbottom dragged the gap back to 0.7s, while Ford Performance Racing stable-mates David Reynolds and Will Davison completed the top four.

Shane van Gisbergen and Jason Bright, who missed the end of the session, were fifth and sixth respectively, with the top Mercedes of Lee Holdsworth seventh.

Two more practice sessions will take place on Friday morning ahead of the afternoon’s qualifying session.

Although Whincup dominated the field, the Red Bull Holden was a full second adrift of the fastest Thursday time last year.

See below for the Practice 3 result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 2:08.3240*
2 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 02:09.05 00:00.73
3 The Bottle-O FPR Ford D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG 02:09.33 00:01.01
4 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 02:09.35 00:01.03
5 TEKNO team VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 02:09.37 00:01.04
6 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 02:09.55 00:01.22
7 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 02:09.64 00:01.32
8 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 02:09.78 00:01.46
9 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 02:09.88 00:01.56
10 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 02:09.88 00:01.56
11 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 02:09.92 00:01.60
12 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 02:09.96 00:01.63
13 Holden Racing Team J.Courtney/G.Murphy Holden Commodore VF 02:10.09 00:01.76
14 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 02:10.28 00:01.96
15 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 02:10.34 00:02.02
16 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 02:10.39 00:02.07
17 Red Bull Racing Australia C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 02:10.42 00:02.10
18 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 02:10.50 00:02.18
19 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 02:10.60 00:02.28
20 Sargent Security Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 02:10.64 00:02.32
21 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 02:10.75 00:02.42
22 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 02:10.93 00:02.61
23 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 02:11.12 00:02.80
24 XBOX ONE Racing A.Priaulx/M.Ekstrom Holden Commodore VF 02:11.24 00:02.92
25 TEKNO team Darrell Lea J.Webb/M.Lieb Holden Commodore VF 02:11.44 00:03.12
26 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 02:11.46 00:03.13
27 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 02:11.53 00:03.20
28 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 02:11.84 00:03.52
29 Jeld-wen FPR Ford A.Davison/J.McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 02:11.88 00:03.56

 

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