Shane van Gisbergen put his Tekno Autosports Holden atop the time sheets in the final V8 Supercars practice session of the weekend at the Clipsal 500.
The Kiwi, who qualified 11th and fifth for the afternoon’s twin 125km races, set a best of 1:21.23s as the 20 minutes wound down.
The time proved 0.1s quicker than that of Chaz Mostert, who had set the pace for the majority of the session.
Fabian Coulthard continued his strong form in third ahead of fellow Holden drivers Craig Lowndes and Lee Holdsworth.
Teams concentrated on their race packages ahead of the afternoon, with even qualifying dominator Jamie Whincup cautious over his prospects.
“We’re not sure what we have yet,” he said after the session.
“The car felt reasonable out there but we’ll have to go through the data to see how we stack up against everyone else.”
Marcos Ambrose continued to struggle in 24th; the same position he’ll start both of today’s races.
The DJR Team Penske Ford split the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holdens of Nick Percat and Tim Blanchard.
Percat spent much of the session stranded in pitlane with starter motor problems, emerging for one flying lap in the final minutes.
Practice 4 ran without incident, although several including Garth Tander (Turn 11) and David Reynolds (Turn 14) tasted the grass.
The first of the two 39 lap races will get underway at 1345 local time.
Result: V8 Supercars Practice 4, Clipsal 500
|1||Team TEKNO Darrell Lea||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.2342|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:21.3366||0:00.1024|
|3||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.3427||0:00.1085|
|4||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.4156||0:00.1814|
|5||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.6739||0:00.4397|
|6||Nissan Mororsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:21.7178||0:00.4836|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.7565||0:00.5223|
|8||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:21.7593||0:00.5251|
|9||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.8390||0:00.6048|
|10||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:21.8813||0:00.6471|
|11||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:21.9003||0:00.6661|
|12||Team GB Galvanizing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.9536||0:00.7194|
|13||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:21.9856||0:00.7514|
|14||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:22.0747||0:00.8405|
|15||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:22.0913||0:00.8571|
|16||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:22.1057||0:00.8715|
|17||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:22.1107||0:00.8765|
|18||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:22.1186||0:00.8844|
|19||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.2170||0:00.9828|
|20||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.5805||0:01.3463|
|21||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:22.5876||0:01.3534|
|22||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||1:22.6656||0:01.4314|
|23||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:22.6731||0:01.4389|
|24||DJR Team Penske||Marcos Ambrose||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:22.8048||0:01.5706|
|25||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:22.8341||0:01.5999|