Davison edges Moffat in opening Winton practice

Will Davison topped opening practice

Will Davison topped opening practice

Will Davison has continued Erebus Motorsport’s strong surge of form by topping Practice 1 at Winton Motor Raceway.

The Mercedes driver put down a 1:22.67s lap after the chequered flag fell to bump last year’s Winton winner James Moffat from the top of the pile.

The result comes just five days after Davison equalled Erebus’ best ever finish of fourth in the final race at Symmons Plains.

Moffat and Dick Johnson Racing’s Scott Pye were the only other two drivers to lap in the 1:22s during Practice 1 amid difficult track conditions.

Spots of rain had begun falling as the session started, ensuring some cars spent their early laps on wets.

Although the weather soon cleared, recent works to repair the surface left a slick track for drivers to deal with.

An image of the sealant being collected by the cars, as Tweeted by Rick Kelly

An image of the sealant being collected by the cars, as Tweeted by Rick Kelly

The sealant used had wreaked havoc with earlier support category practice sessions as it peeled off the surface, leaving debris around the circuit.

Despite the drama, Davison’s final time proved just 0.8s off the category’s Winton practice lap record.

Lee Holdsworth ended the 20 minutes fifth fastest in the second of the Erebus entries, which are both currently devoid of major sponsorship.

Fabian Coulthard was the fastest of the Holdens in fourth, while Scott McLaughlin made a quiet start to the weekend for Volvo in 16th.

The session featured a red flag stoppage at its halfway mark after brake problems saw Michael Caruso’s Nissan stranded in the Turn 7 gravel.

The #36 Norton entry did not return to the circuit for the remainder of the session.

Two further 20 minute practice hit-outs will complete the day’s V8 Supercars running.

See below for the full Practice 1 result

Pos Driver Team Car Time  Difference
1 Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:22.6742*
2 James Moffat Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:22.8794 0:00.2052
3 Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:22.9926 0:00.3184
4 Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:23.0120 0:00.3378
5 Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:23.0397 0:00.3655
6 Chaz Mostert Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:23.1389 0:00.4647
7 Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:23.1868 0:00.5126
8 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:23.1940 0:00.5198
9 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:23.2725 0:00.5983
10 Dale Wood Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:23.2818 0:00.6076
11 David Wall Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:23.2895 0:00.6153
12 Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:23.3279 0:00.6537
13 Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:23.6521 0:00.9779
14 Shane Van Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:23.7926 0:01.1184
15 Russell Ingall Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:23.9255 0:01.2513
16 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:24.0000 0:01.3258
17 Jack Perkins Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:24.1227 0:01.4485
18 Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:24.2543 0:01.5801
19 Jason Bright Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:25.5919 0:02.9177
20 Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:25.6854 0:03.0112
22 James Courtney Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:25.7821 0:03.1079
22 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:26.8185 0:04.1443
23 David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG 1:28.5665 0:05.8923
24 Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 5:09.3198 3:46.6456
25 Michael Caruso Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:22.6742* 0:00.2052

 

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