Ingall fastest as Volvos debut in Sydney

Russell Ingall's LDM Holden

Russell Ingall’s LDM Holden

Russell Ingall made the most of a drying track to top the time sheets at the halfway mark of Sydney Motorsport Park’s pre-season V8 Supercars test.

The full-field hit-out started in wet conditions, while persistent drizzle ensured the times fell slowly during the morning.

The track eventually proved dry enough for slicks, but Ingall’s time of 1:32.1s still sits some three seconds adrift of the lap record.

Jason Bright, Rick Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard completed the top five when the flag fell.

The two Volvos are missing from the halftime grid walk having struck problems in the closing stages of the session.

After a productive morning that saw the two cars turn almost 100 laps between them, the Robert Dahlgren and Scott McLaughlin entries both began blowing smoke.

Dahlgren coasted his back into pitlane while McLaughlin’s returned on a flat-bed.

The Volvos turned plenty of laps before finding trouble

The Volvos turned plenty of laps before finding trouble

“We’re doing ok but it’s very early stages for the program,” Polestar managing director Christian Dahl told Speedcafe.com.

“We’ve done a lot of running and we’re happy. We would have liked a bit more time (before the test) but that’s always the case.”

He added of the problems, which are said to have been power-steering related on both cars: “We think they’re just basic things so we’ll be back out in the afternoon.”

The session’s one and only red flag was called at the two hour and 10 minute mark to recover Craig Lowndes’ spun Red Bull Holden.

Lowndes had earlier completed just one lap in the first 80 minutes after a power steering problem that team manager Mark Dutton put down to “finger trouble” with new components.

Van Gisbergen’s morning was similarly sparse, with the Tekno Holden enduring a steering problem of its own before the team made extensive front-end suspension changes.

“We’re happy to sit out in this weather,” said Van Gisbergen. “There’s no point being out there in this.”

Ford Performance Racing meanwhile reported no issues with its brand-new chassis for Mark Winterbottom, which had not turned a wheel prior to today.

Winterbottom was 18th fastest at halfway, with team-mate Chaz Mostert 22nd.

David Reynolds has moved into the chassis used by Winterbottom last year and set the 13th quickest time.

Several co-drivers cut laps, with Steven Richards and Paul Dumbrell both sampling the Red Bull cars.

Oliver Gavin and Tony D’Alberto had their first tastes of Walkinshaw’s #222 and #47 Commodores respectively, while Greg Murphy was in action over at the Holden Racing Team.

Alex Buncombe enjoyed his first ever V8 Supercar seat time in Todd Kelly’s Nissan ahead of a possible endurance berth later in the year.

Andre Heimgartner is at Sydney Motorsport Park but is not expected to drive due to illness.

See below for the Session 1 result

1 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 36 01:32.14
2 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 40 01:32.52
3 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 42 01:32.65
4 TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 21 01:32.76
5 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 49 01:32.86
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 44 01:32.88
7 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 32 01:32.91
8 Holden Racing Team J.Courtney/G.Murphy Holden Commodore VF 45 01:33.02
9 Team ADVAM / GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 47 01:33.03
10 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 46 01:33.07
11 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 57 01:33.18
12 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 31 01:33.29
13 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 33 01:33.33
14 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 49 01:33.44
15 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 32 01:33.45
16 Valvoline GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 59 01:33.46
17 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 49 01:33.53
18 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 38 01:33.58
19 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 31 01:33.65
20 Erebus Motorsport Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 42 01:33.83
21 Red Bull Racing Australia J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 46 01:33.91
22 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 52 01:34.52
23 Valvoline GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 37 01:36.62
24 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 22 01:38.23
25 Erebus Motorsport Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 19 01:44.50

 

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