Mostert storms to the top in second practice
Prodrive Racing Australia’s Chaz Mostert lit up the timing screen as he topped the second one hour practice session at Winton Raceway.
Mostert saved his best for a run on hard tyres in the closing stages of the hitout to scale the top of the timesheets with a 1:23.01s effort at the Victorian circuit.
The Ford driver, who completed runs on both soft and hard compound rubber, climbed to the top in the final minutes of the session before going on to better his time in the Falcon FGX.
Nissan’s James Moffat emerged in second spot 0.2s adrift of Mostert with his best effort arriving on soft compound tyres.
The factory Holden of James Courtney was third.
“It is a credit to the Prodrive guys who have put in some hard work over the last couple of weeks,” said Mostert.
“Perth was good and hopefully we can be good here too.
“The strength from this year’s car compared to last year’s is you can put it where you want it. We have been struggling for turn and we are getting there.”
Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Scott McLaughlin showed signs of strong pace in fourth ahead of Bottle-O Racing’s David Reynolds and Brad Jones Racing’s Fabian Coulthard.
Shane van Gisbergen, Michael Caruso, Lee Holdsworth and Craig Lowndes rounded out the top 10.
Championship contenders Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom struggled for outright pace in 19th and 20th positions respectively.
Result: V8 Supercars Practice 2, Winton
|1||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:23.01|
|2||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:23.26||0:00.2523|
|3||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.45||0:00.4402|
|4||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:23.50||0:00.4881|
|5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||D.Reynolds/D.Canto||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:23.50||0:00.4899|
|6||Freightliner Racing||F.Coulthard/L.Youlden||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.52||0:00.5138|
|7||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.57||0:00.5590|
|8||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:23.62||0:00.6077|
|9||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.62||0:00.6141|
|10||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.63||0:00.6150|
|11||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.67||0:00.6583|
|12||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:23.69||0:00.6821|
|13||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||1:23.80||0:00.7910|
|14||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:23.85||0:00.8388|
|15||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:23.87||0:00.8577|
|16||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.87||0:00.8581|
|17||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.94||0:00.9303|
|18||Erebus Motorsport V8||W.Davison/J.Le Brocq||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:23.95||0:00.9431|
|19||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:23.98||0:00.9681|
|20||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:24.03||0:01.0210|
|21||Super Black Racing||A.Heimgartner/ A.Pedersen||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:24.07||0:01.0642|
|22||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:24.21||0:01.1980|
|23||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:24.22||0:01.2124|
|24||Supercheap Auto Racing||T.Slade/T.D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||1:24.46||0:01.4510|
|25||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:24.60||0:01.587|