Chaz Mostert fastest at wet Symmons Plains

Friday 27th March, 2015 - 11:36am

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Chaz Mostert topped opening practice

Chaz Mostert topped opening practice

A late switch of engineers has failed to stop Chaz Mostert continuing Prodrive’s fine form, topping opening practice at a rain hit Symmons Plains Raceway.

The Pepsi Max Ford driver emerged ahead after all of the eventual front-runners set their best times in the final minutes.

The 22-year-old’s car is being run by the team’s engineering manager Nathaniel Osborne this weekend while Adam De Borre attends an urgent family matter in the United Kingdom.

Mostert’s 1:02.28s best put him just 0.02s clear of second fastest man Will Davison, with the times over 11s adrift of the practice lap record.

“If the weekend is wet then fingers crossed we’ll be up the pointy end,” said Mostert post-session.

“It’s a good way to roll out coming off the grand prix after a string of second places.”

Ambrose with Dick and Steven Johnson in the DJR garage

Ambrose with Dick and Steven Johnson in the DJR garage

Shane van Gisbergen, Jason Bright, Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin, David Reynolds, Mark Winterbottom, Fabian Coulthard and Rick Kelly completed the top 10.

All 10 drivers undercut an earlier time that had seen Coulthard on top when red flags flew to retrieve McLaughlin’s Volvo from the Turn 4 gravel with 11 mins remaining.

A wet track had greeted drivers for the start of the 60 minutes, with the rain proving relatively consistent throughout.

An early effort from Winterbottom put his Prodrive Ford at the top of the order for much of the session as conditions worsened in the middle stages.

“It was really hard to read the conditions,” said second fastest man Davison.

“You’d make a set-up change and then it would rain harder or ease off, so it was hard to gain anything.

“But it was full-on. It’s a tricky little place when the conditions are like that. It was pretty hairy.”

Heimgartner had his first of the FG X package in tricky conditions

Heimgartner had his first of the FG X package in tricky conditions

Despite the tricky conditions, the red flags were called just twice. The first came when an oil pressure problem stopped Brad Jones Racing’s #21 Holden in the opening minutes.

Dunlop Series driver Macauley Jones shared the car with its primary driver Dale Wood, while BJR also elected to give Fabian Coulthard’s co-driver Luke Youlden laps in its sister entry.

Scott Pye meanwhile ended the session 18th as his ‘co-driver’, Marcos Ambrose, watched on from the garage.

A second 60 minute session will take place from 1325.

 

Result: V8 Supercars, Practice 1

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
1:02.2774*
2
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:02.30
00:00.02
3
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:02.39
00:00.11
4
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:02.58
00:00.30
5
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:02.61
00:00.33
6
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:02.66
00:00.39
7
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:02.71
00:00.44
8
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:02.73
00:00.45
9
Freightliner Racing
F.Coulthard/L.Youlden
Holden Commodore VF
01:02.79
00:00.51
10
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:03.00
00:00.72
11
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:03.10
00:00.82
12
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:03.16
00:00.88
13
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:03.22
00:00.94
14
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:03.27
00:00.99
15
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:03.28
00:01.00
16
GB Galvanizing Racing
D.Wood/M.Jones
Holden Commodore VF
01:03.39
00:01.11
17
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:03.47
00:01.19
18
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:03.47
00:01.20
19
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:03.49
00:01.21
20
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:03.51
00:01.23
21
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:03.54
00:01.26
22
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:03.68
00:01.40
23
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:03.88
00:01.60
24
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:03.91
00:01.63
25
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:04.76
00:02.49

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