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Mostert paces opening Albert Park practice

Thursday 12th March, 2015 - 2:03pm

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Chaz Mostert set the pace in Practice 1

Chaz Mostert set the pace in Practice 1

Chaz Mostert bounced back from his Clipsal 500 woes to record the fastest time in the opening V8 Supercars session of the weekend at Albert Park.

The Prodrive Ford driver traded the top spot with stable-mate David Reynolds for much of the 30 minute hit-out.

Mostert eventually recorded the two quickest times of the session, with his best of 1:58.78s coming after the chequered flag.

“The guys have done a fantastic job to straighten the car out,” said Mostert, who endured a heavy accident on the final lap of the Sunday race in Adelaide less than two weeks ago.

“It’s good to come out and have some pace. It’s only early days and everyone has a mixed bag in terms of tyres but it’s a good start.”

Electrical problems ensured Michael Caruso failed to complete a flying lap

Electrical problems ensured Michael Caruso failed to complete a flying lap

Teams have just two sets of pre-marked tyres for practice, with many of those who endured misfortune in Adelaide benefiting from better rubber.

Scott McLaughlin and Will Davison set late quick times to end up second and third ahead of Mark Winterbottom, Shane van Gisbergen and Reynolds, who had a positive first hit-out in his FG X.

The track proved typically slippery in the early going, with several, including eventual seventh fastest man Craig Lowndes, surviving some wild off-track moments.

Clipsal 500 winner James Courtney wound up eighth fastest ahead of Todd Kelly and James Moffat in the leading Nissans.

The factory squad endured a difficult opening practice for Michael Caruso’s brand new chassis, which failed to complete a flying lap due to electrical issues.

The team completed the car yesterday, leaving no time for a pre-event shakedown.

Marcos Ambrose, who has this weekend moved back to the chassis he debuted in last year’s Sydney 500, ended up 22nd, ahead only of Volvo substitute driver Chris Pither and rookie Andre Heimgartner.

The second V8 Supercars practice of the weekend will get underway at 1510 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 1, Albert Park

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:58.78
2
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:59.11
00:00.33
3
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:59.20
00:00.42
4
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:59.35
00:00.57
5
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea
Shane Van Gisberge
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.38
00:00.59
6
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:59.39
00:00.61
7
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.55
00:00.76
8
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.61
00:00.83
9
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:59.75
00:00.97
10
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:59.81
00:01.03
11
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.84
00:01.06
12
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:59.91
00:01.13
13
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.92
00:01.13
14
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.96
00:01.18
15
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.01
00:01.23
16
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.23
00:01.45
17
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.29
00:01.51
18
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
02:00.55
00:01.77
19
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.63
00:01.84
20
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.98
00:02.20
21
Team GB Galvanizing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
02:01.13
00:02.35
22
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
02:01.23
00:02.45
23
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Chris Pither
Volvo S60
02:01.32
00:02.53
24
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
02:01.85
00:03.07
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima

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