Mostert edges Percat in final Friday practice

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert cemented Prodrive’s place at the top of the V8 Supercars pecking order by setting the fastest time in final Friday practice in Townsville.

On a circuit layout that had been touted as the last major unknown on the calendar for the FG X package, Winterbottom and Mostert each topped a session during the opening day of track running.

Running on hard tyres, the youngster put in a 1:13.25s best in the final minute of the third half-hour hit-out to edge a soft-shod Nick Percat by 0.05s.

The order was typically impacted by tyres, with those on pre-marked soft rubber mixing it with those on the new hards allocated for practice.

A late effort from Practice 2 pace-setter Will Davison saw the Erebus Mercedes leap into third ahead of Winterbottom and Fabian Coulthard.

Andre Heimgartner concluded a strong run for the Super Black Ford in sixth ahead of Shane van Gisbergen, who clocked 19 laps despite a persistent vibration issue.

Scott McLaughlin, James Courtney and Craig Lowndes completed the top 10.

Wild moments for the typically spectacular Lowndes provided the majority of the session’s entertainment as the 100-time race winner saved a series of slides.

Team-mate Jamie Whincup ended his first day back working with former race engineer Mark Dutton down in 15th place.

Rick Kelly caused a mid-session red flag when his Nissan suffered an engine failure.

The motor had been installed at the circuit on Thursday following the late sign-off of upgrades with V8 Supercars.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 3, Townsville

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
1:13.2527*
2
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.31
00:00.05
3
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:13.32
00:00.07
4
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:13.38
00:00.12
5
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.52
00:00.27
6
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:13.54
00:00.28
7
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.54
00:00.28
8
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:13.57
00:00.31
9
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.59
00:00.33
10
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.62
00:00.37
11
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:13.71
00:00.46
12
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.79
00:00.54
13
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:13.80
00:00.55
14
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:13.81
00:00.55
15
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.86
00:00.60
16
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:13.89
00:00.64
17
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.03
00:00.77
18
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.07
00:00.81
19
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:14.12
00:00.86
20
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:14.12
00:00.86
21
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.13
00:00.88
22
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.30
00:01.04
23
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:14.31
00:01.06
24
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:14.44
00:01.19
25
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:14.60
00:01.34

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