Davison fastest as SVG sits out Practice 2

Will Davison

Will Davison

Will Davison made the most of a late run on soft tyres to dominate the field in second practice at the Castrol Edge Townsville 400.

The Erebus Mercedes shot to the top of the order with a 1:13.03s best in the final minutes, pulling almost 0.5s clear of second placed Andre Heimgartner.

The Kiwi had earlier traded the fastest time with the Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney, who were among others to switch to the soft tyres late in the going.

Scott McLaughlin, Ash Walsh, Jason Bright, David Reynolds, Scott Pye, Todd Kelly and Fabian Coulthard completed the top 10.

Shane van Gisbergen finished at the bottom of the order after completing just one flying lap, where the Tekno Holden continued its vibration issues from opening practice.

The team elected to sit out the remainder of the 30 minutes as it undertook a transaxle change on the #97 Commodore.

“It’s just undriveable, it makes you feel sick inside the vibration is so bad,” said Van Gisbergen.

“We have the best guys working on the cars but we’re going to lose two sessions. It makes the next one pretty critical for us.

“The car is obviously fast, but we need to get the mechanical side right.”

Tim Blanchard also endured an interrupted session, triggering red flags when he stopped on track at pit entry in the early minutes.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 2, Townsville

1
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:13.03
2
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:13.48
00:00.45
3
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.62
00:00.60
4
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:13.66
00:00.63
5
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:13.73
00:00.71
6
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.79
00:00.77
7
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:13.84
00:00.82
8
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:13.86
00:00.83
9
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:13.90
00:00.88
10
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.96
00:00.93
11
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.96
00:00.93
12
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.00
00:00.97
13
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.04
00:01.02
14
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:14.06
00:01.04
15
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.07
00:01.05
16
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.12
00:01.09
17
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:14.16
00:01.14
18
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:14.25
00:01.22
19
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:14.27
00:01.25
20
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:14.39
00:01.36
21
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:14.48
00:01.45
22
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.58
00:01.56
23
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.91
00:01.89
24
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:15.03
00:02.00
25
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF

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