Tim Slade sets pace in opening Winton practice

Tim Slade's Supercheap Auto Holden

Tim Slade’s Supercheap Auto Holden

A late run from Tim Slade saw him top the timesheet in the opening practice run of the NP300 Navara Winton Super Sprint.

The Supercheap Auto Commodore made use of good rubber towards the end of the hour session to post a 1:23.8937s effort which proved to be a mere fraction quicker than Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup.

The entire field has been given an extra set of hard tyres for today’s practice sessions for the first time this season following a decision by V8 Supercars earlier this week.

The new set is in addition to the 12 pre-marked tyres, which can either be of the hard or soft compound.

Tim Slade set the fastest time in Practice 1

Tim Slade set the fastest time in Practice 1

“It’s nice to be top but we lost some time in the session with a few dramas,” said Slade, who also topped Friday practice at Barbagallo earlier this month.

“However we managed to get some good laps in on good tyres.

“We expected to be somewhere near the top with the quality of tyres we ran.

“It’s early days but so far so good.”

It proved to be a strong session for Erebus Motorsport with Ash Walsh storming to third at the end of the session while team-mate Will Davison was fifth.

The Erebus Mercedes sandwiched the Prodrive Racing Australia Ford of Chaz Mostert who led the majority of the session.

Todd Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coutlhard, David Reynolds and Scott McLaughlin completed the top 10.

Several co-drivers took part in the hit out in a bid to rack up valuable mileage ahead of the upcoming Pirtek Enduro Cup.

A second 60 minute session will be held later this afternoon.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 1, Winton

1
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:23.89
2
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:23.90
00:00.00
3
Erebus Motorsport V8
A.Walsh/J.Le Brocq
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:23.96
00:00.07
4
Pepsi Max Crew
C.Mostert/C.Waters
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.04
00:00.14
5
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:24.09
00:00.19
6
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:24.18
00:00.29
7
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.27
00:00.37
8
Freightliner Racing
F.Coulthard/L.Youlden
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.27
00:00.38
9
The Bottle-O Racing Team
D.Reynolds/D.Canto
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.28
00:00.39
10
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:24.30
00:00.41
11
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.32
00:00.42
12
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.48
00:00.58
13
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.49
00:00.60
14
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:24.49
00:00.60
15
Nissan Motorsport
J.Moffat/T.Douglas
Nissan Altima
01:24.53
00:00.64
16
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.59
00:00.69
17
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:24.61
00:00.71
18
Team BOC
J.Bright/A.Jones
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.61
00:00.72
19
Pepsi Max Crew
M.Winterbottom/S.Owen
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.68
00:00.79
20
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:24.69
00:00.80
21
Holden Racing Team
J.Courtney/J.Perkins
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.71
00:00.82
22
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.85
00:00.96
23
Holden Racing Team
G.Tander/W.Luff
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.85
00:00.96
24
Super Black Racing
A.Heimgartner/A.Pedersen
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:25.15
00:01.25
25
GB Galvanizing Racing
D.Wood/M.Jones
Holden Commodore VF
01:25.20
00:01.31

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