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Coulthard tops tight opening Darwin practice

Friday 20th June, 2014 - 12:05pm

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Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard edged fellow Holden drivers James Courtney and Jason Bright to the fastest time in the opening practice session for the V8 Supercars at Hidden Valley Raceway.

The Lockwood Commodore’s 1:10.55s best came at the 13 minute mark of the 20 minute session, eclipsing Courtney’s previous benchmark by 0.03s.

Coulthard’s Brad Jones Racing team-mate Jason Bright was just 0.02s further adrift in second, while early pace-setter Jamie Whincup made it a Holden sweep of the top four places.

The strong start to the weekend for Coulthard comes as BJR continues to evaluate a suspension upgrade first trailed at a pre-event test day.

Will Davison put his Mercedes fifth fastest, while a late effort from Scott McLaughlin saw his Volvo in sixth.

Typically hot and sunny conditions greeted the teams for the session, with the ambient pushing 30 degrees.

Teams have 12 tyres to use across the day, made up of two sets of pre-marked tyres and one new set.

The second session will kick-off at 1245 local time.

PRACTICE 1 

Pos  No. Driver Team Car Time Difference
1   14 Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF  1:10.5465
2   22 James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF  1:10.5760 0:00.0295
3    8 Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF  1:10.5988 0:00.0523
4    1 Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF  1:10.6933 0:00.1468
5    9 Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG  1:10.8247 0:00.2782
6   33 Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60  1:10.8928 0:00.3463
7    5 Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG  1:10.9038 0:00.3573
8   16 Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG  1:10.9114 0:00.3649
9   97 Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF  1:10.9347 0:00.3882
10    7 Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima  1:10.9744 0:00.4279
11   15 Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima  1:11.0721 0:00.5256
12    4 Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG  1:11.1292 0:00.5827
13   47 Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF  1:11.1609 0:00.6144
14   23 Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF  1:11.1660 0:00.6195
15   18 Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG  1:11.1729 0:00.6264
16   17 David Wall  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG  1:11.2005 0:00.6540
17  888 Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF  1:11.2404 0:00.6939
18    6 Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG  1:11.2459 0:00.6994
19  360 James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima  1:11.3058 0:00.7593
20   36 Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima  1:11.3086 0:00.7621
21    2 Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF  1:11.3131 0:00.7666
22   55 David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG  1:11.4186 0:00.8721
23  222 Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF  1:11.5736 0:01.0271
24   21 Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF  1:11.6165 0:01.0700
25   34 Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60  1:11.7166 0:01.1701

 

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