Courtney fastest ahead of Winton qualifying

James Courtney set the quickest time in Practice 3

James Courtney set the quickest time in Practice 3

James Courtney set the pace in the final V8 Supercars practice session prior to qualifying at Winton Motor Raceway.

The Holden Racing Team driver’s 1:23.01s best came at the end of the 15 minute outing, proving a full 0.4s quicker than second placed Michael Caruso.

Courtney’s effort came after a brief off earlier in the session, running across the grass at Turn 1 after a left-front lock-up.

Will Davison also spent a brief moment at the top in the closing stages before ending up third in his Erebus Mercedes.

Brad Jones Racing’s Fabian Coulthard completed the top four ahead of Prodrive duo Chaz Mostert and David Reynolds.

Reynolds had been on top for most of the session after recording a 1:23.7s during his first run.

Elsewhere, Red Bull’s challenging weekend continued with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes just 14th and 20th respectively.

The first of two 10 minute qualifying sessions for the afternoon’s twin 60km races will take place from 1155 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 3, Winton

1
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
1:23.0172*
2
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:23.41
00:00.39
3
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:23.63
00:00.61
4
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:23.65
00:00.64
5
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:23.73
00:00.72
6
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:23.74
00:00.72
7
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:23.77
00:00.75
8
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:23.77
00:00.76
9
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:23.89
00:00.87
10
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.05
00:01.04
11
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.06
00:01.05
12
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:24.12
00:01.11
13
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.16
00:01.15
14
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.21
00:01.19
15
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.28
00:01.27
16
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.32
00:01.30
17
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.41
00:01.39
18
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.41
00:01.40
19
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:24.46
00:01.44
20
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.51
00:01.49
21
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.51
00:01.49
22
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:24.75
00:01.74
23
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.82
00:01.81
24
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:24.89
00:01.87
25
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:24.96
00:01.94

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