Rhys McNally proved the man to beat as he topped the times in practice with a new lap record ahead of the penultimate round of the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series at Surfers Paradise.
After taking victory at Mount Panorama two weeks ago, the Holden driver posted a 1.25.0133s effort in the opening practice session.
McNally’s time was just five hundredths of a second quicker than Gold Coast local Ryal Harris, while championship leader Kris Walton posted the third fastest time of the day.
But it was a bittersweet day for McNally as a blown radiator saw him finish in 13th spot in the second practice session.
“We made a flying start in practice one, our times got quicker through the session and to pull out the fastest time towards the end was a great feeling,” said McNally.
“It really shows that we have picked up where we left off at Bathurst and gives the team a great start to the weekend. To get the practice record was another great achievement as well and is a testament to the hard work by the Sieders Racing Team.”
“It was unfortunate to suffer the blown radiator hose in practice two but I feel like we are firmly in place to come out in qualifying in the morning and set a quick time to put us at the front for the races which will be so critical.
“There aren’t many passing opportunities around here so I need a fast time from the outset.”
Walton, from nearby Yatala, starred in the second free practice session with his Ford atop of the timesheets for the majority of the session.
The second half hour hit out was halted with 12 minutes remaining when an incident triggered by Jeremy Gray, who clipped the wall at Turn 13. The contact with the wall left his Ford broadside in road which was then collected by Harris and Philip Woodbury.
Elsewhere, title contender David Sieders clocked the fifth fastest time overall as he trailed Walton in second in the final practice session of the day.
Result: V8 Utes Practice 1
|1||STRATCO Racing||Rhys McNally (WA)||Holden VE||1:25.0133R|
|2||All Purpose Pest Racing||Ryal Harris (QLD)||Ford FG||1:25.0669r||0:00.0536|
|3||Rentco Transport Equipment Ren||Kris Walton (QLD)||Ford FG||1:25.1644r||0:00.1511|
|4||Hayman Reese Racing||Jesse Dixon (VIC)||Holden VE||1:25.1827r||0:00.1694|
|5||Sieders Racing Team||David Sieders (NSW)||Ford FG||1:25.4238||0:00.4105|
|6||Multispares||Ryan Hansford (QLD)||Ford FG||1:25.6577||0:00.6444|
|7||iSeek Racing/Wake Up||George Miedecke (NSW)||Holden VE||1:25.8034||0:00.7901|
|8||Bob Jane T-Marts/Altenzo Tyres||Kim Jane (VIC)||Holden VE||1:25.9308||0:00.9175|
|9||Jesus Racing Team||Andrew Fisher (NSW)||Ford FG||1:26.0029||0:00.9896|
|10||Just Car Insurance||Elliot Barbour (VIC)||Holden VE||1:26.0189||0:01.0056|
|11||JMG Racing/IXL||Jeremy Gray (NSW)||Ford FG||1:26.1343||0:01.1210|
|12||Auto One||Adam Marjoram (WA)||Holden VE||1:26.1552||0:01.1419|
|13||Slideway/Go Karting Brisbane||Cam Wilson (QLD)||Ford FG||1:26.5670||0:01.5537|
|14||Macmahon Mining||Gerard McLeod (VIC)||Holden VE||1:26.6007||0:01.5874|
|15||GoPro Racing||Nathan Pretty (VIC)||Holden VE||1:26.8349||0:01.8216|
|16||Battery World||John Wood (VIC)||Ford FG||1:26.9777||0:01.9644|
|17||Thirsty Camel Bottleshops||Craig Dontas (SA)||Holden VE||1:27.0797||0:02.0664|
|18||Onsite Racing||Rohan Barry (QLD)||Ford FG||1:27.4217||0:02.4084|
|19||SECUREcorp||Terry Nightingale||Ford FG||1:27.5282||0:02.5149|
|20||Peters Motorsport||Benn Wilson (QLD)||Holden VE||1:27.6561||0:02.6428|
|21||Wallerawang Engineering||Philip Woodbury (NSW)||Ford FG||1:27.9439||0:02.9306|
|22||Western General Body Works||Danny Buzadzic (VIC)||Ford FG||1:28.2239||0:03.2106|
|23||Skyreach||Leigh Nicolaou (VIC)||Holden VE||1:29.1781||0:04.1648|
|24||Cetnaj Electrical Supplies||Peter Burnitt (QLD)||Ford FG||1:29.5537||0:04.5404|
|25||Wil-tow Assist||Stephen Wilson (QLD)||Holden VE||1:30.2076||0:05.1943|
|26||Big Rig Tyres/Track Buddy/Perm||Colin Bradley (QLD)||Holden VE||1:30.9997||0:05.9864|
|27||Oaklands Construction Group||Bruce Oaklands (NSW)||Ford FG||1:32.9799||0:07.9666|
|28||Australian Conveyor Racing||Noel Edge (SA)||Ford FG||1:33.0118||0:07.9985|
|29||Norris Motor Group/Isuzu||Wayne Wakefield (QLD)||Ford FG||1:42.5363||0:17.5230|
|30||Team Kleen Racing/Kleen Group||Henry Nickolls (NSW)||Holden VE||3:16.1327||1:51.1194|
Result: V8 Utes Practice 2
|1||Rentco Transport Equipment Ren||Kris Walton (QLD)||Ford FG||1:25.1260*|
|2||Sieders Racing Team||David Sieders (NSW)||Ford FG||1:25.2934||0:00.1674|
|3||iSeek Racing/Wake Up||George Miedecke (NSW)||Holden VE||1:25.4120||0:00.2860|
|4||Multispares||Ryan Hansford (QLD)||Ford FG||1:25.4760||0:00.3500|
|5||Jesus Racing Team||Andrew Fisher (NSW)||Ford FG||1:25.5011||0:00.3751|
|6||Hayman Reese Racing||Jesse Dixon (VIC)||Holden VE||1:25.5207||0:00.3947|
|7||Just Car Insurance||Elliot Barbour (VIC)||Holden VE||1:25.6326||0:00.5066|
|8||All Purpose Pest Racing||Ryal Harris (QLD)||Ford FG||1:25.7082||0:00.5822|
|9||GoPro Racing||Nathan Pretty (VIC)||Holden VE||1:25.9094||0:00.7834|
|10||Slideway/Go Karting Brisbane||Cam Wilson (QLD)||Ford FG||1:25.9279||0:00.8019|
|11||Macmahon Mining||Gerard McLeod (VIC)||Holden VE||1:25.9499||0:00.8239|
|12||Auto One||Adam Marjoram (WA)||Holden VE||1:25.9688||0:00.8428|
|13||STRATCO Racing||Rhys McNally (WA)||Holden VE||1:26.1091||0:00.9831|
|14||Battery World||John Wood (VIC)||Ford FG||1:26.2271||0:01.1011|
|15||Bob Jane T-Marts/Altenzo Tyres||Kim Jane (VIC)||Holden VE||1:26.4299||0:01.3039|
|16||Thirsty Camel Bottleshops||Craig Dontas (SA)||Holden VE||1:26.5723||0:01.4463|
|17||JMG Racing/IXL||Jeremy Gray (NSW)||Ford FG||1:26.6011||0:01.4751|
|18||Western General Body Works||Danny Buzadzic (VIC)||Ford FG||1:26.7440||0:01.6180|
|19||Peters Motorsport||Benn Wilson (QLD)||Holden VE||1:26.8980||0:01.7720|
|20||Onsite Racing||Rohan Barry (QLD)||Ford FG||1:26.9165||0:01.7905|
|21||Norris Motor Group/Isuzu||Wayne Wakefield (QLD)||Ford FG||1:27.1132||0:01.9872|
|22||SECUREcorp||Terry Nightingale (NSW)||Ford FG||1:27.9866||0:02.8606|
|23||Wallerawang Engineering||Philip Woodbury (NSW)||Ford FG||1:28.3810||0:03.2550|
|24||Skyreach||Leigh Nicolaou (VIC)||Holden VE||1:29.6806||0:04.5546|
|25||Cetnaj Electrical Supplies||Peter Burnitt (QLD)||Ford FG||1:30.1113||0:04.9853|
|26||Wil-tow Assist||Stephen Wilson (QLD)||Holden VE||1:30.3751||0:05.2491|
|27||Big Rig Tyres/Track Buddy/Perm||Colin Bradley (QLD)||Holden VE||1:30.6997||0:05.5737|
|28||Australian Conveyor Racing||Noel Edge (SA)||Ford FG||1:31.9768||0:06.8508|
|29||Oaklands Construction Group||Bruce Oaklands (NSW)||Ford FG||1:33.9265||0:08.8005|
|30||Team Kleen Racing/Kleen Group||Henry Nickolls (NSW)||Holden VE||1:41.1031||0:15.9771|