Mostert continues Prodrive form in final practice

Chaz Mostert topped final practice

Chaz Mostert topped final practice

Chaz Mostert continued Prodrive’s fine form at Barbagallo by topping the final practice session prior to qualifying for Race 9.

The defending winner of the Sunday Barbagallo race moved to the top of the order with a 57.67s inside the final five minutes.

“Hopefully we can take this into qualy,” smiled the 23-year-old, who scored his first career pole for yesterday’s opening race.

“I can’t wait to get out there and fingers crossed we can do what we did here last year.”

The session was run in dry and sunny conditions, despite a brief shower passing over the circuit earlier in the morning.

Fabian Coulthard had commanded the top spot for much of the hit-out and ended up second ahead of Shane van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison.

Van Gisbergen engaged in some gamesmanship with Jason Bright during the session as the two argued over track space.

The Kiwi however says he is firmly focussed on qualifying ahead of a race where he holds a tyre advantage over much of his opposition.

“It (the extra set of tyres) is an advantage but we still have got to do the job,” he said.

“We have so many strategy options we have just got to pick the one that will give us the most advantage.”

An trip through the Turn 6 sand for James Moffat was the only notable off-track excursion from the 15 minute practice.

The 20 minute qualifying session is schedule for 1200 local time.

V8 Supercars Practice 4, Barbagallo

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.69
00:00.06
2
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.74
00:00.07
3
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.76
00:00.14
4
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.82
00:00.20
5
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
00:57.89
00:00.25
6
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.93
00:00.27
7
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.96
00:00.29
8
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
00:57.98
00:00.41
9
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
00:58.10
00:00.60
10
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.28
00:00.73
11
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.41
00:00.82
12
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
00:58.51
00:00.84
13
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.53
00:00.87
14
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.56
00:00.89
15
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.57
00:00.93
16
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
00:58.62
00:00.95
17
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
00:58.63
00:00.95
18
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.64
00:00.99
19
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.68
00:01.02
20
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:58.71
00:01.05
21
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.73
00:01.23
22
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:58.91
00:01.41
23
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
00:59.10
00:01.62
24
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
00:59.31
00:01.76
25
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
00:59.44

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