Kelly fastest again in second Sydney test session

Rick Kelly continued to set the testing pace

Rick Kelly continued to set the testing pace

Rick Kelly has continued to set the pace at the SuperTest, topping the second session of the day by over six tenths of a second.

Kelly jumped to the top of the time sheets three-quarters of the way into the 90 minute session with a lap that was nearly 0.4s faster than his best in the morning session.

The Nissan Motorsport driver and Shane van Gisbergen were the only two men to dip into the 1:30s as the sun came out at Sydney Motorsport Park, reducing grip and preventing most drivers from improving on their earlier times.

Shane van Gisbergen had led for the middle half-hour of the session, despite a ragged run in the Tekno Commodore which saw the Kiwi suffer a spin at Turn 8 and later an off at Turn 2.

Shane van Gisbergen ended up second fastest

Shane van Gisbergen ended up second fastest

Jamie Whincup wrestled his Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore around the Western Sydney circuit and experienced a high-speed spin at Turn 4 just beyond the hour mark.

The six-time champion moved up to fourth shortly after despite his best lap being nearly 0.5s slower than in session one.

Michael Caruso’s early run stood up for fifth best come the chequered flag, despite a wild ride through the infield after over-correcting a mistake at Turn 5 which saw the Altima collect sponsor signage in the early minutes.

Caruso’s co-driver Dean Fiore joined stable-mate Taz Douglas, Erebus Motorsport’s Alex Davison, and Brad Jones Racing’s Macauley Jones as non-primary drivers to experience laps during the session.

Marcos Ambrose made progress as his DJR Team Penske crew got on top of clutch problems which had hampered the Xbox Falcon earlier in the day, undercutting his session one best by 0.3s despite the slower track.

Ambrose finished just behind Mark Winterbottom in ninth, but ahead of Craig Lowndes in 14th and James Courtney in 17th.

Tim Blanchard turned a handful of laps after sitting out the opening 150min hit-out as Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport completed preparation on the Triple Eight-built Commodore for the new season.

Test 3 commences at 15:00 local AEDT.

Co-drivers Fiore and Douglas cut laps in the two Nissan Nismo Altimas

Co-drivers Fiore and Douglas cut laps in the two Nissan Nismo Altimas

Result: Session 2, Sydney Motorsport Park SuperTest.

1 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 40 27 1:30.1922*
2 Team TEKNO Darrell Lea Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 18 10 1:30.8590 0:00.6668
3 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 18 10 1:31.0317 0:00.8395
4 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 27 20 1:31.3501 0:01.1579
5 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 28  3 1:31.3621 0:01.1699
6 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 22  8 1:31.4234 0:01.2312
7 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 22 13 1:31.4636 0:01.2714
8 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 19 14 1:31.4727 0:01.2805
9 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 22  7 1:31.4746 0:01.2824
10 DJR Team Penske Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon FG/X 20 11 1:31.5049 0:01.3127
11 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 19 11 1:31.5155 0:01.3233
12 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 22 12 1:31.5444 0:01.3522
13 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 20  6 1:31.5467 0:01.3545
14 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 28 23 1:31.6195 0:01.4273
15 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 23 11 1:31.6611 0:01.4689
16 Nissan Motorsport J.Moffat/T.Douglas Nissan Altima 33 33 1:31.6714 0:01.4792
17 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 20 15 1:31.6757 0:01.4835
18 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 23 17 1:31.6807 0:01.4885
19 Erebus Motorsport V8 W.Davison/A.Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 30 12 1:31.9882 0:01.7960
20 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 17  9 1:32.0364 0:01.8442
21 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 18  2 1:32.3248 0:02.1326
22 Team GB Galvanizing D.Wood/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 30 21 1:32.4740 0:02.2818
23 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 17  6 1:32.5325 0:02.3403
24 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG 27 24 1:33.0865 0:02.8943
25 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF  7  7 1:34.3440 0:04.1518

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