James Courtney tops final Winton practice

James Courtney set the quickest time in final practice

James Courtney set the quickest time in final practice

Holden Racing Team star James Courtney has bounced back from a Saturday clash with team-mate Garth Tander to top morning practice at Winton.

The 2010 V8 Supercars champion shot to the top of the order with little over a minute remaining, recording a 1:23.75s on a set of soft tyres.

Courtney is hopeful of an improved showing in qualifying today after all four Walkinshaw Holdens failed to make the top 10 in either session on Saturday.

“It has been a good little run out this morning,” he said, having also topped yesterday’s practice session.

“It will be interesting to see how it goes (in qualifying) on green hard tyres and how the strategy plays out today.

“It should be a much better race today it can’t be any worse than yesterday.”

Volvo’s David Wall had led the times for much of the 15 minutes and ended up second, 0.41s adrift of the Holden.

Craig Lowndes completed an 11 lap soft tyre evaluation run on his way to third ahead of Chaz Mostert, Michael Caruso and Ash Walsh.

Walsh’s Mercedes escaped unharmed in a late off at Turn 1, while Jason Bright also visited the grass in the closing stages, sliding wide at Turn 3.

A 20 minute qualifying session from 1155 will set the grid for the afternoon’s 200km race.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 3, Winton

1
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:23.75
2
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:24.16
00:00.41
3
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.36
00:00.61
4
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.41
00:00.66
5
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:24.44
00:00.69
6
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:24.48
00:00.73
7
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.50
00:00.75
8
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:24.65
00:00.90
9
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:24.65
00:00.91
10
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:24.69
00:00.94
11
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.69
00:00.95
12
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:24.97
00:01.22
13
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:25.04
00:01.29
14
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:25.05
00:01.30
15
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:25.09
00:01.34
16
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:25.14
00:01.39
17
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:25.17
00:01.42
18
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:25.18
00:01.43
19
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:25.21
00:01.46
20
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:25.28
00:01.53
21
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:25.31
00:01.56
22
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:25.32
00:01.57
23
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:25.46
00:01.71
24
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:25.82
00:02.07
25
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:25.91
00:02.16

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