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Rick Kelly tops opening Clipsal 500 practice

Friday 27th February, 2015 - 10:21am

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RIck Kelly on the way to the fastest time in Practice 1

Rick Kelly on the way to the fastest time in Practice 1

Rick Kelly and Nissan Motorsport have drawn first blood at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, topping the opening V8 Supercars practice session of the season.

The 2006 champion was among the pace-setters for the entire 30 minute hit-out, ending up fastest with a 1:21.58s.

As usual, pre-marked tyre condition was the talk of the paddock, with Nissan engineering manager Scott Sinclair noting he was not surprised to see Kelly on top.

“The guys on #15 have gone aggressive with their tyre plan and are pushing pretty hard,” explained Sinclair.

“It’s not a surprise that they’re up there but it’s whether they can stay there that’s the question.”

A late effort from Garth Tander put the lead Holden Racing Team entry just 0.015s adrift in second.

Chaz Mostert was the fastest of the new FG X Ford Falcons in third ahead of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.

Mark Winterbottom survived a late brush with the Turn 8 exit wall to end up sixth fastest.

The session ran green for its duration, with a mid-session spin for James Courtney among few notable incidents.

Courtney lost the rear of the #22 HRT Commodore on the bumps into Turn 4, which have been re-profiled this year due to resurfacing work on Wakefield Road.

Andre Heimgartner also had a minor off-track excursion during his first official V8 Supercars session, pulling his Super Black Ford up short of the Turn 11 tyre barrier after running onto the grass.

The second of three 30 minute practice sessions will get underway at 1050 local time.

VIDEO: V8 Supercars Practice 1 highlights

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 1, Clipsal 500

1
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:21.59
2
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.60
00:00.02
3
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:21.65
00:00.07
4
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.69
00:00.11
5
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.70
00:00.12
6
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:21.70
00:00.12
7
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:21.71
00:00.12
8
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:21.74
00:00.16
9
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:21.88
00:00.30
10
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:21.89
00:00.30
11
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.91
00:00.33
12
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.97
00:00.38
13
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.08
00:00.50
14
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:22.09
00:00.50
15
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:22.14
00:00.55
16
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.18
00:00.60
17
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.27
00:00.68
18
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:22.36
00:00.77
19
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.39
00:00.80
20
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
01:22.40
00:00.82
21
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:22.47
00:00.88
22
Team GB Galvanizing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.65
00:01.07
23
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.71
00:01.13
24
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
01:23.51
00:01.92
25
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.19
00:02.60

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