Reynolds continues hot pace at Hidden Valley
David Reynolds remains the man to beat in Darwin as he lowered his Hidden Valley practice lap record to finish on top in the second V8 Supercars practice session.
Boosted by his impressive showing in opening practice, the Bottle-O Racing driver went on to post a stunning 1:06.73s effort to smash his practice lap record set in the earlier outing.
Reynolds’ pace arrived on soft compound tyres as Prodrive Racing continued to impress on the newly resurfaced Hidden Valley circuit.
Championship leader Mark Winterbottom trailed his Prodrive team-mate by 0.08s with a last gasp lap on the hards.
Brad Jones Racing’s Fabian Couthard managed to break the Prodrive stranglehold in third on the harder compound, with a soft-shod Chaz Mostert in fourth.
James Moffat emerged as the top Nissan runner in fifth as he posted his personal best on softs late in the session.
The Holden Racing Team had struggled for the best part of the session but James Courtney gave the squad some encouragement in sixth ahead of the reigning V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup.
Erebus Motorsport’s Ash Walsh was eighth quickest while Craig Lowndes and Scott McLaughlin completed the top 10.
McLaughlin had suffered from power steering issues earlier in the day which forced the Garry Rogers Motorsport team to conduct repairs between sessions.
Ambrose enjoyed brief run at the top of the time sheets as he completed another short stint in the #17 DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon.
Several drivers suffered off track excursions as they tried to adapt to the new track surface, although the only stoppage was caused by a grassfire on the exit of Turn 1 at the halfway stage.
Result: V8 Supercars Practice 2, Hidden Valley
|1||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.73|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.81||0.08|
|3||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.90||0.17|
|4||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:07.00||0.27|
|5||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:07.02||0.29|
|6||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.03||0.30|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.15||0.42|
|8||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:07.16||0.43|
|9||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.16||0.43|
|10||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:07.17||0.44|
|11||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.21||0.48|
|12||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.23||0.50|
|13||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.28||0.55|
|14||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:07.31||0.58|
|15||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.36||0.63|
|16||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:07.41||0.68|
|17||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.47||0.74|
|18||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.48||0.75|
|19||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:07.52||0.79|
|20||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.58||0.85|
|21||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:07.65||0.92|
|22||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:07.68||0.95|
|23||DJR Team Penske||S.Pye/M.Ambrose||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:07.84||1.11|
|24||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||1:07.98||1.25|
|25||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:08.63||1.90|