Mostert fastest in opening Albert Park practice

Thursday 17th March, 2016 - 1:37pm

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Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert has bounced back from his Clipsal 500 crash in style, setting the fastest time in opening practice for the V8 Supercars at Albert Park.

Mostert sat third behind Shane van Gisbergen and Jason Bright for much of the session before a quick lap in the final minutes saw the Supercheap Ford jump to the top.

Mostert’s 1:58.23s proved 0.67s clear of Van Gisbergen’s earlier effort, which had included a scrape with the Turn 10 exit wall.

Bright set the pace in the early minutes before Todd Kelly stopped his Nissan on track with an engine problem, triggering a red flag stoppage.

The Altima appeared to drop an oil line in the middle of the high-speed Turn 11/12 chicane on its first lap out of the pits, resulting in a plume of smoke and a flash of flame as Kelly pulled to the side of the track.

Action resumed for the remaining 25 cars following a seven minute clean-up, with the remainder of the 30 minutes running uninterrupted.

Among those to tour the outfield during the session were the DJR Team Penske Fords of Scott Pye and Fabian Coulthard, which both ran through the Turn 3 gravel on the way to 22nd and 23rd on the sheets.

James Courtney’s late bid for the top spot saw the HRT Commodore visit the gravel at Turn 13 following a rear lock-up on entry.

Drivers have two sets of pre-marked tyres available for the two practice sessions, leaving the field to run on a mix of soft and hard compound rubber.

Although set on softs, Mostert’s best time was a full three seconds adrift of Jamie Whincup’s qualifying lap record, recorded on new rubber back in 2012.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 1, Albert Park

1
Supercheap Auto Racing
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
1:58.2833*
2
Red Bull Racing Australia
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:58.96
00:00.67
3
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.00
00:00.71
4
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:59.15
00:00.87
5
The Bottle-O Racing Team
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:59.18
00:00.90
6
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.43
00:01.15
7
Team Vortex
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.53
00:01.24
8
Freightliner Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.70
00:01.41
9
Wilson Security Racing GRM
James Moffat
Volvo S60
01:59.75
00:01.46
10
Erebus Motorsport Penrite
David Reynolds
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.95
00:01.67
11
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.96
00:01.68
12
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:59.96
00:01.68
13
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
02:00.06
00:01.77
14
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.28
00:02.00
15
Prodrive Racing Australia
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG/X
02:00.33
00:02.05
16
LD Motorsports
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.35
00:02.06
17
LD Motorsports
Andre Heimgartner
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.63
00:02.35
18
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Will Davison
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.69
00:02.40
19
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Nissan Altima
02:00.89
00:02.61
20
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.95
00:02.67
21
Preston Hire Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
02:01.45
00:03.16
22
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
02:01.63
00:03.35
23
DJR Team Penske
Fabian Coulthard
Ford Falcon FG/X
02:02.71
00:04.43
24
Plus Fitness Racing
Aaren Russell
Holden Commodore VF
02:03.11
00:04.83
25
Superblack Racing
Chris Pither
Ford Falcon FG/X
02:05.13
00:06.85
26
carsales Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima

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