Coulthard returns to the top in final practice
Fabian Coulthard has topped the final practice session ahead of the rescheduled qualifying at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Teams took notably different approaches to the session, with Friday’s 2:04.9s record setter Jamie Whincup among those to forgo another qualifying simulation in favour of focussing on race runs.
Coulthard proved the best of those to go for a late flyer, recording 2:05.21s despite coming across the Erebus Mercedes of Jack Le Brocq on the exit of The Chase.
“I’m not sure who was in the car but I was flashing my lights down Conrod to try and get them out of the way,” said Coulthard, who had recorded a new practice record on Thursday before Whincup’s Practice 5 effort.
“Obviously they were trying to do their lap at the same time. To be compromised a little bit… I want that lap record back so I was trying pretty hard.”
Mark Winterbottom put in an equally late effort to fall 0.17s short in second aboard the remaining Pepsi Max Crew Ford.
“It’s a bit different for a Bathurst Saturday, we were doing race runs and then focussing on qualifying,” he said.
“The car isn’t too bad. It’s sketchy in a few spots but competitive in others. We’ll have a good crack at pole and if we’re good enough, we’ll get it.
“It’s been a tough couple of days for our team but if we can put it on pole that’ll cheer everyone up.”
Scott Pye ran an early mock qualifying run, sitting atop the order for the majority of the going after setting a 2:05.51s.
Pye then handed the DJR Team Penske Ford to co-driver Marcos Ambrose to complete the remainder of the 40 minutes.
Shane van Gisbergen battled an oversteering Tekno Holden on the way to fourth, while David Reynolds, Jason Bright, Garth Tander, Scott McLaughlin, Andre Heimgartner and James Moffat completed the top 10.
Lee Holdsworth made minor right-front contact with the wall at Hell Corner during the session after coming across Ash Walsh’s spun Mercedes.
The #18 Holden soon returned to the circuit after being inspected for damage, with co-driver Sebastien Bourdais clocking more important laps before Sunday’s race.
A 30 minute qualifying is scheduled for 1230 local time.
Result: V8 Supercars Practice 6, Mount Panorama
|1||Freightliner Racing||F.Coulthard/L.Youlden||Holden Commodore VF||2:05.2119|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||M.Winterbottom/S.Owen||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:05.3827||00.1708|
|3||DJR Team Penske||S.Pye/M.Ambrose||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:05.5095||00.2976|
|4||Team Darrell Lea STIX||S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb||Holden Commodore VF||2:05.7383||00.5264|
|5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||D.Reynolds/D.Canto||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:05.7499||00.5380|
|6||Team BOC||J.Bright/A.Jones||Holden Commodore VF||2:06.1177||00.9058|
|7||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||2:06.2666||01.0547|
|8||Wilson Security Racing GRM||S.McLaughlin/A.Premat||Volvo S60||2:06.2742||01.0623|
|9||Super Black Racing||A.Heimgartner/A.Pedersen||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:06.3082||01.0963|
|10||Nissan Motorsport||J.Moffat/T.Douglas||Nissan Altima||2:06.3997||01.1878|
|11||Supercheap Auto Racing||T.Slade/T.D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||2:06.4119||01.2000|
|12||GB Galvanizing Racing||D.Wood/M.Jones||Holden Commodore VF||2:06.4255||01.2136|
|13||Nissan Motorsport||M.Caruso/D.Fiore||Nissan Altima||2:06.6615||01.4496|
|14||Nissan Motorsport||R.Kelly/D.Russell||Nissan Altima||2:06.7983||01.5864|
|15||Nissan Motorsport||T.Kelly/A.Buncombe||Nissan Altima||2:06.8036||01.5917|
|16||Walkinshaw Racing||L.Holdsworth/S.Bourdais||Holden Commodore VF||2:06.8675||01.6556|
|17||Erebus Motorsport V8||W.Davison/A.Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||2:06.9936||01.7817|
|18||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.1913||01.9794|
|19||Repair Management Aust Racing||N.Percat/O.Gavin||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.4047||02.1928|
|20||Red Bull Racing Australia||C.Lowndes/S.Richards||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.4223||02.2104|
|21||Wilson Security Racing GRM||D.Wall/C.Pither||Volvo S60||2:07.4992||02.2873|
|22||Holden Racing Team||J.Perkins/R.Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.5459||02.3340|
|23||Erebus Motorsport V8||A.Walsh/J.Le Brocq||Mercedes E63 AMG||2:08.0082||02.7963|
|24||Team Cooldrive||T.Blanchard/K.Reindler||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.2919||03.0800|
|25||Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go||A.Russell/D.Russell||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.5616||03.3497|
|26||Harvey Norman Supergirls||S.De Silvestro/R.Gracie||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:08.9943||03.7824|