Caruso ups the ante in second V8 practice
Michael Caruso set the fastest time in the second and final practice for the V8 Supercars at Albert Park ahead of this evening’s qualifying session.
Continuing the solid form that saw the beyondblue Nissan second in the opening session, Caruso moved 1.1s ahead of the pack by clocking a 1:56.24s lap with 10 minutes on the remaining.
Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom drew closest in the closing stages, ending up 0.17s adrift in second.
Scott McLaughlin, who had been at the top for much of the session’s first half, responded with late fast laps of his own to end up third.
Jamie Whincup, Todd Kelly and Will Davison ensured that all five manufacturers were represented in the top six.
Like the opening hit-out, several drivers tasted the outfield during the 30 minutes without bringing out the red flags.
This evening’s 30 minute qualifying session will decide the grid for tomorrow’s opening race.
See below for the full Practice 2 result
|1||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||01:56.24|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||01:56.41||00:00.17|
|3||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||01:56.53||00:00.29|
|4||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||01:56.66||00:00.42|
|5||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||01:56.73||00:00.50|
|6||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:56.89||00:00.65|
|7||Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||01:56.91||00:00.67|
|8||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||01:57.12||00:00.89|
|9||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||01:57.19||00:00.95|
|10||Team ADVAM / GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||01:57.38||00:01.15|
|11||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||01:57.42||00:01.18|
|12||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||01:57.43||00:01.20|
|13||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:57.46||00:01.22|
|14||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||01:57.47||00:01.24|
|15||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||01:57.48||00:01.24|
|16||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||01:57.49||00:01.26|
|17||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||01:57.58||00:01.34|
|18||Jeld-wen||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||01:57.64||00:01.40|
|19||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||01:57.69||00:01.46|
|20||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||01:57.75||00:01.51|
|21||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||01:57.95||00:01.72|
|22||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||01:58.36||00:02.13|
|23||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||01:58.37||00:02.13|
|24||Walkinshaw Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||01:58.60||00:02.37|
|25||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||02:00.22||00:03.98|