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Whincup quickest ahead of Clipsal 500 qualifying

Friday 27th February, 2015 - 2:13pm

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Jamie Whincup set the pace in Practice 3

Jamie Whincup set the pace in Practice 3

Red Bull Racing Australia’s Jamie Whincup moved to the top of the order in Practice 3 ahead of back-to-back qualifying sessions at the Clipsal 500.

Just 15th in the second practice session, Whincup proved the first man able to lap in the 1:20s bracket during Practice 3.

The six-time champion clocked a 1:20.92s best on his penultimate run, before falling just 0.02s short of improving that benchmark further in the closing stages.

Tim Slade was one of several to set late fast times, clocking the second quickest lap, 0.14s in arrears of Whincup.

Slade’s Walkinshaw team-mate Lee Holdsworth was third ahead of Jason Bright, who ended the session in the Turn 5 gravel trap.

Bright’s error brought out the red flags with less than two minutes remaining, ensuring that there would be no restart.

“We’re trying to make gains and we probably made two steps back trying to take one forward,” said Whincup of the earlier running.

“We’re there or thereabouts. It’s still not perfect so we’ll have to see where we are when everyone puts greens on.”

Slade was also buoyed by his strong run but cautious of bold predictions ahead of qualifying the two 10 minute qualifying sessions, which will set the grid for Saturday’s two races.

“It gives us a bit of confidence heading into qualifying,” he said.

“We have felt a bit rushed and behind the eight ball today. We had a bit of a gearbox drama in that first session and have been a bit out of sync with everyone in terms of tyres

“If we can continue this in qualifying we’ll obviously be pretty happy.”

Marcos Ambrose continued his challenging transition back into V8 Supercars, ending the session 17th of 24 runners.

Tim Blanchard missed the session while his Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport crew attended to a power steering issue.

The first of the two qualifying sessions will get underway at 1535 local time.

VIDEO: Practice 3 highlights

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 3, Clipsal 500 Adelaide 

1
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.92
2
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.06
00:00.14
3
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.30
00:00.37
4
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.35
00:00.43
5
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:21.37
00:00.44
6
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.59
00:00.67
7
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.60
00:00.67
8
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:21.62
00:00.70
9
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
01:21.67
00:00.75
10
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:21.70
00:00.77
11
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:21.74
00:00.82
12
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:21.76
00:00.83
13
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
01:21.84
00:00.91
14
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.85
00:00.92
15
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:21.87
00:00.95
16
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:21.88
00:00.96
17
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:21.88
00:00.96
18
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.98
00:01.05
19
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.07
00:01.14
20
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:22.07
00:01.15
21
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.09
00:01.17
22
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:22.28
00:01.35
23
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:22.63
00:01.71
24
Team GB Galvanizing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:22.84
00:01.92

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