Coulthard returns to the top in final practice

Fabian Coulthard set the pace in Practice 6

Fabian Coulthard set the pace in Practice 6

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

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