Whincup fastest as DJR strikes early trouble

David Wall avoided the fences during this engine failure

David Wall avoided the fences during this high-speed scare

Reigning Wilson Security Sandown 500 winner Jamie Whincup has topped opening practice for the 2014 event.

The Red Bull driver bumped Holden Racing Team duo Garth Tander and James Courtney from the top of the order in the dying seconds of the 40 minute hit-out.

Whincup’s time of 1:09.19s proved 0.4s quicker than Tander’s best, which was set with just under 10 minutes remaining.

The Volvo of Scott McLaughlin and Mercedes of Lee Holdsworth filled fourth and fifth, with Jason Bright, Tim Slade, Rick Kelly, Mark Winterbottom and Nick Percat completing the top 10.

Winterbottom’s partner Steve Owen was the only co-driver to turn laps, with both of this afternoon’s 40 minute sessions solely for the part-timers.

Practice 1 featured a near 10 minute red flag after an early incident involving both Dick Johnson Racing Falcons.

David Wall’s #17 entry dropped an oil line on the approach to Turn 1, spinning into the run-off without damage.

Team-mate Scott Pye was next on the scene and, finding the track coated in oil, spun through the corner before making rear-on contact with the outside wall.

Although repairs to the fencing momentarily held up proceedings, Pye’s Falcon was soon back on the circuit, setting competitive times minus its rear bumper.

There was also late trouble for Dale Wood, who pulled his smoking Brad Jones Racing Holden to a stop on the circuit.

Practice 2 is scheduled for 1235 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 1, Sandown

1
Red Bull Racing Australia     
Jamie Whincup        
Holden Commodore VF 
01:09.19
2
Holden Racing Team            
Garth Tander         
Holden Commodore VF 
01:09.63
00:00.44
3
Holden Racing Team            
James Courtney       
Holden Commodore VF 
01:09.71
00:00.52
4
Valvoline Racing GRM          
Scott McLaughlin     
Volvo S60           
01:09.77
00:00.58
5
Erebus Motorsport V8          
Lee Holdsworth       
Mercedes E63 AMG    
01:09.84
00:00.65
6
Team BOC                      
Jason Bright         
Holden Commodore VF 
01:09.85
00:00.66
7
Supercheap Auto Racing        
Tim Slade            
Holden Commodore VF 
01:09.92
00:00.73
8
Jack Daniel's Racing          
Rick Kelly           
Nissan Altima       
01:09.93
00:00.74
9
Ford Pepsi Max Crew           
M.Winterbottom/S.Owen
Ford Falcon FG      
01:09.97
00:00.78
10
Walkinshaw Racing             
Nick Percat          
Holden Commodore VF 
01:09.98
00:00.79
11
Wilson Security Racing        
Scott Pye            
Ford Falcon FG      
01:10.02
00:00.83
12
Norton Hornets                
Michael Caruso       
Nissan Altima       
01:10.04
00:00.85
13
Erebus Motorsport V8          
Will Davison         
Mercedes E63 AMG    
01:10.05
00:00.86
14
Ford Pepsi Max Crew           
Chaz Mostert         
Ford Falcon FG      
01:10.06
00:00.87
15
Red Bull Racing Australia     
Craig Lowndes        
Holden Commodore VF 
01:10.06
00:00.87
16
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods       
Shane Van Gisbergen  
Holden Commodore VF 
01:10.07
00:00.88
17
The Bottle-O Racing Team      
David Reynolds       
Ford Falcon FG      
01:10.13
00:00.94
18
Lockwood Racing               
Fabian Coulthard     
Holden Commodore VF 
01:10.15
00:00.96
19
Jack Daniel's Racing          
Todd Kelly           
Nissan Altima       
01:10.25
00:01.06
20
Norton Hornets                
James Moffat         
Nissan Altima       
01:10.29
00:01.10
21
Repair Management Aust Racing 
Russell Ingall       
Holden Commodore VF 
01:10.32
00:01.13
22
Valvoline Racing GRM          
Robert Dahlgren      
Volvo S60           
01:10.58
00:01.38
23
Team Advam/GB                 
Dale Wood            
Holden Commodore VF 
01:10.69
00:01.50
24
Team JELD-WEN                 
Jack Perkins         
Ford Falcon FG      
01:10.69
00:01.50
25
Wilson Security Racing        
David Wall           
Ford Falcon FG      
01:10.84
00:01.64

 

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