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Dumbrell fastest despite vibration in Practice 3

Friday 23rd October, 2015 - 3:12pm

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Paul Dumbrell set the fastest time in Practice 3. pic: @v8supercars

Paul Dumbrell set the fastest time in Practice 3. pic: @v8supercars

Sitting out the closing stages didn’t stop Paul Dumbrell from topping third practice for the V8 Supercars at the Castrol Gold Coast 600.

Dumbrell started the second of the co-driver sessions on the soft tyres, setting an early 1:11.27s that proved unbeatable for the duration.

A persistent vibration following Jamie Whincup’s crash this morning saw the team abandon the final minutes of the session in order to recitify the issue for Practice 4.

“We pulled up stumps just to make sure we can change a few things in the car,” confirmed Dumbrell.

“The car has been good on soft and hard tyres hopefully Jamie agrees and we can go home tonight feeling confident.”

Dumbrell was more than a second clear of the field for the bulk of the session before others ventured onto the softs.

Steve Owen ended up second, just 0.09s adrift of Dumbrell, while Marcos Ambrose jumped to third after the chequered flag.

Jack Perkins, Jonathon Webb and Russell Ingall also used softs to fill fourth through sixth, while seventh placed Alex Premat was the first on hards.

Ingall had been towards the bottom of the order for much of the run before the late switch to softs.

“It is such a steep learning curve, two 30 minute sessions to get your eye in with a completely new car and layout and feel,” Ingall said.

“It was probably harder than I thought it would be, but towards the end of the session I started to feel more comfortable and flow the car better.

“I have got a good idea in my head of what I need to do go quicker.”

Oliver Gavin ended up eighth, despite missing the opening minutes while his crew repaired damage from Practice 2.

Steven Richards was second for much of the going before dropping to ninth as others bolted on the softs, while Tony D’Alberto completed the top 10.

The final V8 Supercars practice session for all drivers is scheduled to begin at 1505 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 3 (Co Drivers only), Surfers Paradise

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 1:11.2680
2 Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.3603 00.0923
3 DJR Team Penske Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.4231 00.1551
4 Holden Racing Team Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:11.6727 00.4047
5 Team Darrell Lea STIX Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:11.8754 00.6074
6 Pepsi Max Crew Russell Ingall Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.1151 00.8471
7 Wilson Security Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Volvo S60 1:12.1266 00.8586
8 Repair Management Aust Racing Oliver Gavin Holden Commodore VF 1:12.2301 00.9621
9 Red Bull Racing Australia Steven Richards Holden Commodore VF 1:12.2699 01.0019
10 Supercheap Auto Racing Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 1:12.3885 01.1205
11 Nissan Motorsport Alex Buncombe Nissan Altima 1:12.4243 01.1563
12 Holden Racing Team Warren Luff Holden Commodore VF 1:12.4681 01.2001
13 Freightliner Racing Luke Youlden Holden Commodore VF 1:12.5897 01.3217
14 The Bottle-O Racing Team Dean Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.6018 01.3338
15 Team Cooldrive Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VF 1:12.6239 01.3559
16 Wilson Security Racing GRM Chris Pither Volvo S60 1:12.6431 01.3751
17 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:12.6887 01.4207
18 Nissan Motorsport David Russell Nissan Altima 1:12.6997 01.4317
19 Nissan Motorsport Dean Fiore Nissan Altima 1:12.7183 01.4503
20 Nissan Motorsport Taz Douglas Nissan Altima 1:12.7868 01.5188
21 Walkinshaw Racing Sebastien Bourdais Holden Commodore VF 1:12.9691 01.7011
22 GB Galvanizing Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:13.1369 01.8689
23 Erebus Motorsport V8 Jack Le Brocq Mercedes E63 AMG 1:13.3301 02.0621
24 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:13.4857 02.2177
25 Super Black Racing Ant Pedersen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:13.7275 02.4595

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