Winterbottom continues Prodrive form at AGP

Thursday 17th March, 2016 - 4:01pm

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Mark Winterbottom on track at Albert Park

Mark Winterbottom on track at Albert Park

Mark Winterbottom kept Prodrive on top as the pace quickened in second practice for the V8 Supercars at Albert Park.

The second 30 minute session prior to qualifying concluded with a flurry of fast times as drivers moved from their pre-marked tyres to new soft compound rubber.

A 1:58.0s had Scott Pye on top ahead of the final minutes, which saw Rick Kelly, Chaz Mostert, Shane van Gisbergen and Winterbottom move to the top of the order in quick succession.

Winterbottom’s best of 1:56.68s proved a full 0.4s quicker than Van Gisbergen’s Red Bull Holden, which moments earlier had edged Mostert by less than 0.1s.

“We made a big improvement from the first outing,” smiled Winterbottom.

“This track is awesome, you’re just trying to hang on around these big corners.”

Kelly ended up fourth ahead of Cameron Waters and Fabian Coulthard, who ensured four of the six Falcons ended up in the top six.

The FG X Fords dominated at Albert Park last year, scoring one-two finishes in every race in the hands of Prodrive’s Winterbottom and Mostert.

Will Davison ended up 14th having found the concrete late in the going aboard his Tekno Holden.

The former Erebus driver lost control through the high-speed Turn 8, resulting in the left-rear of his Commodore make significant contact with the concrete.

Davison drove the car back to the pits, where the team will have an hour to fix the damage prior to qualifying at 1650 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 2, Albert Park

1
The Bottle-O Racing Team
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:56.68
2
Red Bull Racing Australia
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.10
00:00.42
3
Supercheap Auto Racing
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:57.19
00:00.51
4
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:57.39
00:00.70
5
Prodrive Racing Australia
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:57.41
00:00.73
6
DJR Team Penske
Fabian Coulthard
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:57.41
00:00.73
7
Erebus Motorsport Penrite
David Reynolds
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.42
00:00.74
8
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.50
00:00.82
9
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.51
00:00.83
10
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.51
00:00.83
11
Team Vortex
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.53
00:00.85
12
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:57.63
00:00.94
13
Freightliner Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.64
00:00.96
14
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Will Davison
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.75
00:01.07
15
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:58.03
00:01.34
16
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:58.17
00:01.49
17
carsales Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:58.33
00:01.65
18
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:58.47
00:01.78
19
LD Motorsports
Andre Heimgartner
Holden Commodore VF
01:58.54
00:01.86
20
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Nissan Altima
01:58.65
00:01.97
21
Superblack Racing
Chris Pither
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:58.69
00:02.01
22
Plus Fitness Racing
Aaren Russell
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.34
00:02.65
23
Preston Hire Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.38
00:02.70
24
Wilson Security Racing GRM
James Moffat
Volvo S60
01:59.42
00:02.74
25
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:59.51
00:02.83
26
LD Motorsports
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
02:00.58
00:03.89

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