Whincup leads the way in Sandown warm-up
Pole-sitter Jamie Whincup completed preparations for the Wilson Security Sandown 500 by topping the morning warm-up.
The Red Bull driver ran a best of 1:08.93s in the early stages of the 20 minute session that remained at the top of the order until the end.
Whincup completed the bulk of the driving as the team evaluated overnight set-up changes aimed at matching the outright speed of Prodrive’s Fords.
Co-driver Paul Dumbrell completed the final two minutes prior to the chequered flag, allowing the team to practice a full driver, fuel, tyres and brake pads pitstop simulation.
Mark Winterbottom let co-driver Steve Owen undertake the early running in the #5 Ford before jumping in and going second fastest.
The Lee Holdsworth/Sebastien Bourdais Holden ended up third thanks to an early time from the Australian, who promptly handed over to the IndyCar star.
Tekno’s Shane van Gisbergen/Jonathon Webb Holden and the Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat Volvo completed the top five.
The session included the second red flag of the weekend. As was the case on Saturday morning, the stoppage was caused by an off from Dale Wood, this time at Turn 9.
Andre Heimgartner’s Ford and Jack Perkins’ Holden returned to the track following their big hit in the primary driver sprint on Saturday.
Heimgartner endured an early off at Turn 1, but reported no repeat of the right-front brake caliper leak that caused the crash on Saturday.
“It’s definitely nice having brakes this morning,” he said after ending up 24th.
“I’m just getting my confidence back up and trying to tune the car. We’ve been struggling with it all weekend.”
The Wilson Security Sandown 500 will kick-off at 1325 local time.
Result: V8 Supercars Wilson Security Sandown 500 Warm-up
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||1:08.9283|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||M.Winterbottom/S.Owen||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:08.9572||00.0289|
|3||Walkinshaw Racing||L.Holdsworth/S.Bourdais||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.0831||00.1548|
|4||Team Darrell Lea STIX||S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.2399||00.3116|
|5||Wilson Security Racing GRM||S.McLaughlin/A.Premat||Volvo S60||1:09.2543||00.3260|
|6||The Bottle-O Racing Team||D.Reynolds/D.Canto||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:09.2561||00.3278|
|7||Erebus Motorsport V8||W.Davison/A.Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:09.3296||00.4013|
|8||DJR Team Penske||S.Pye/M.Ambrose||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:09.4032||00.4749|
|9||Holden Racing Team||J.Perkins/R.Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4050||00.4767|
|10||Erebus Motorsport V8||A.Walsh/J.Le Brocq||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:09.4144||00.4861|
|11||Red Bull Racing Australia||C.Lowndes/S.Richards||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4684||00.5401|
|12||Freightliner Racing||F.Coulthard/L.Youlden||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4815||00.5532|
|13||Nissan Motorsport||J.Moffat/T.Douglas||Nissan Altima||1:09.6127||00.6844|
|14||Nissan Motorsport||M.Caruso/D.Fiore||Nissan Altima||1:09.6555||00.7272|
|15||Pepsi Max Crew||C.Mostert/C.Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:09.6752||00.7469|
|16||Supercheap Auto Racing||T.Slade/T.D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.6800||00.7517|
|17||Team Cooldrive||T.Blanchard/K.Reindler||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.7781||00.8498|
|18||Repair Management Aust Racing||N.Percat/O.Gavin||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.8345||00.9062|
|19||Wilson Security Racing GRM||D.Wall/C.Pither||Volvo S60||1:09.8452||00.9169|
|20||Nissan Motorsport||R.Kelly/D.Russell||Nissan Altima||1:09.8592||00.9309|
|21||Team BOC||J.Bright/A.Jones||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.9992||01.0709|
|22||Nissan Motorsport||T.Kelly/A.Buncombe||Nissan Altima||1:10.0663||01.1380|
|23||Holden Racing Team||G.Tander/W.Luff||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.0698||01.1415|
|24||Super Black Racing||A.Heimgartner/A.Pedersen||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.0816||01.1533|
|25||GB Galvanizing Racing||D.Wood/M.Jones||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.2851||01.3568|