Whincup on top in Practice 1 at Surfers

Jamie Whincup tops P1 at Surfers

Jamie Whincup tops P1 at Surfers

Jamie Whincup continued his affinity with the streets of Surfers Paradise by setting the benchmark in Practice 1 for the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

Whincup reeled off a 1:11.67s time on his third run of the session to eventually top the 40 minute hit-out.

Departing Ford Performance Racing driver Will Davison registered the second quickest time in 1:11.90s.

Fujitsu GRM star Scott McLaughlin was third fastest in 1:11.97s, the only other driver to dip under the 1:12s mark.

Whincup responded to the early pace shown by Davison who was the first driver to dip into the 1:12s region before he charged to his best lap of the session.

Proceedings were halted briefly for debris after several cars grazed the walls and wiped out their wing mirrors.

Brothers Rick and Todd Kelly signalled a potentially strong weekend for Nissan with fourth and fifth fastest respectively.

Bathurst 1000 champion Mark Winterbottom was sixth ahead of James Courtney, Jason Bright, Michael Caruso and Fabian Coulthard.

The only co-driver to cut any laps was David Brabham, who together with Tim Slade in the #47 HHA Mercedes, were 11th fastest.

Michael Caruso made it three Nissans in the top 10, although there was no such joy for the fourth Nissan Motorsport Altima of James Moffat who had mechanical problems and only turned one flying lap to be left down in 28th.

See below for the full Practice 1 result 

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:11.6663*
2 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:11.90 00:00.24
3 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 01:11.97 00:00.30
4 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 01:12.01 00:00.34
5 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 01:12.09 00:00.42
6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 01:12.21 00:00.55
7 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 01:12.33 00:00.66
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 01:12.33 00:00.66
9 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 01:12.33 00:00.67
10 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 01:12.34 00:00.67
11 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing T.Slade/D.Brabham Mercedes E63 AMG 01:12.46 00:00.79
12 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 01:12.47 00:00.81
13 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 01:12.65 00:00.99
14 TEKNO Team Darrell Lea Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 01:12.68 00:01.01
15 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 01:12.70 00:01.04
16 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:12.71 00:01.04
17 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 01:12.82 00:01.16
18 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 01:12.84 00:01.17
19 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 01:12.95 00:01.28
20 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 01:13.04 00:01.38
21 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 01:13.06 00:01.39
22 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 01:13.10 00:01.43
23 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 01:13.16 00:01.49
24 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 01:13.21 00:01.55
25 TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 01:13.42 00:01.75
26 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 01:13.50 00:01.83
27 Hogs Breath Cafe Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 01:13.59 00:01.93
28 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 01:14.33 00:02.67



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