Coulthard tops red flag hit Winton practice

Friday 4th April, 2014 - 3:12pm


Fabian Coulthard passes Chaz Mostert at Turn 3

Fabian Coulthard passes Chaz Mostert at Turn 3

Fabian Coulthard set the fastest time of the day to top the third and final practice session for the V8 Supercars at Winton.

A dry Practice 3 ended with a five minute flurry of fast times following the day’s fourth red flag.

Craig Lowndes sat atop the order when the chequered flag flew, but was soon eclipsed by Coulthard, Lee Holdsworth and Shane van Gisbergen.

Coulthard’s best was more than a second quicker than the previous practice lap record, set by Rick Kelly in 2010.

The top 16 all lapped under the record.

The fast times came at the end of a day that started with drivers complaining of a lack of grip, caused by a recent crack-sealing work at the Victorian venue.

Michael Caruso and Scott Pye caused the two stoppages in Practice 3 with single-car offs at Turn 3 and 7 respectively.

The earlier 20 minute hit-outs were also halted by red flags.

Six Holdens ended Practice 3 inside the top seven, with the leading Nissan of Rick Kelly in eighth.

Scott McLaughlin managed ninth quickest despite continuing to struggle with power steering issues in the Volvo, while 13th quickest David Reynolds was the best of the Fords.

The V8 Supercars will return to the circuit for two 10 minute qualifying sessions and a pair of 100km races tomorrow.

See below for the full Practice 3 result 

Position Driver Team Car Time Difference
1  Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.7965R
2  Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:21.1010r 0:00.3045
3  Shane Van Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.1215r 0:00.3250
4  Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.1324r 0:00.3359
5  Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.2183r 0:00.4218
6  Jason Bright Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.2323r 0:00.4358
7  Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.2743r 0:00.4778
8  Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:21.3679r 0:00.5714
9  Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:21.4273r 0:00.6308
10  Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:21.4580r 0:00.6615
11  James Moffat Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:21.5044r 0:00.7079
12  Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.5373r 0:00.7408
13  David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.5546r 0:00.7581
14  Chaz Mostert Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.6669r 0:00.8704
15  Dale Wood Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.7952r 0:00.9987
16  Michael Caruso Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:21.8395r 0:01.0430
17  Jack Perkins Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.8999 0:01.1034
18  David Wall Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.9136 0:01.1171
19  Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:22.0719 0:01.2754
20  Garth Tander Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:22.1130 0:01.3165
21  Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:22.4051 0:01.6086
22  James Courtney Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:22.5131 0:01.7166
23  Russell Ingall Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:22.6219 0:01.8254
24  Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:23.0277 0:02.2312
25  Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:23.3587 0:02.5622 comment policy reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic. Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

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