Slade leads Walkinshaw one-two in Practice 2

Tim Slade

Tim Slade

Walkinshaw stable-mates Tim Slade and James Courtney emerged with the fastest times in the second V8 Supercars practice session at Barbagallo.

Slade opening lap – a 56.78s on the soft tyres – would not be beaten for the remainder of the 60 minute session.

Courtney proved 0.12s adrift in second ahead of Mark Winterbottom, David Reynolds and Nick Percat.

Teams ran a mix of soft and hard tyres as they continued the task of tuning their cars for both one lap speed and long runs.

Both of Saturday’s races will be run exclusively on the hards, with one set of new softs allocated per car for Sunday afternoon.

“The end results for practice come down to tyres,” affirmed Slade post-session.

“We didn’t get a chance to run on our (pre-marked) softs in Tassie because we had dramas there in practice so we brought them here.

“We got through some good stuff, I think we learnt a bit and obviously the thing is not bad on the soft tyres.

“I’d rather be there than any further down but we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

The second session was hit by a single red flag; called in the early stages when Scott Pye locked up and sailed into the Turn 7 gravel.

Regular front-runners Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes, Chaz Mostert and Shane van Gisbegen all ended up mired down the order amid the mix of tyre type and condition.

“We don’t know if we’re good, bad or otherwise at the moment,” said Whincup.

“We did quite a few laps on the soft tyre because that’s what Sunday’s race is all about and they degraded really fast, so we’ve got some work to do with that and we’ve got some work to do for qualifying, but that’s what it’s all about.”

V8 Supercars Practice 2, Barbagallo

1
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
00:56.77
2
Holden Racing Team
J.Courtney/J.Perkins
Holden Commodore VF
00:56.90
00:00.12
3
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:56.99
00:00.22
4
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.01
00:00.24
5
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.03
00:00.25
6
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.06
00:00.28
7
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
00:57.06
00:00.29
8
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.11
00:00.34
9
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
00:57.13
00:00.35
10
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
00:57.24
00:00.46
11
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.25
00:00.48
12
GB Galvanizing Racing
D.Wood/M.Jones
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.33
00:00.55
13
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
00:57.33
00:00.56
14
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.43
00:00.66
15
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.43
00:00.66
16
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.49
00:00.71
17
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.62
00:00.85
18
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.76
00:00.99
19
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
00:57.84
00:01.06
20
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.96
00:01.18
21
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
00:58.03
00:01.26
22
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.04
00:01.27
23
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
00:58.07
00:01.29
24
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
00:58.16
00:01.38
25
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.27
00:01.49

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