Andrew Jones fastest in Dunlop Series practice
Andrew Jones made the most of limited dry track conditions to set the pace in practice for the third round of the Dunlop Series at Barbagallo Raceway.
Wet weather affected both 40 minute sessions at the Western Australian track which kept the 24 car field on its toes throughout.
Jones emerged on top in the dry running at the start of Practice 2 with the Brad Jones Racing Holden posting a 57.91s effort.
The effort would stand as torrential rain hit the circuit at the halfway point before subsiding with 10 minutes remaining.
Jones’ time eclipsed the 58.06s set by Jack Le Brocq in the opening session.
The Prodrive Racing Australia driver would end the day second overall just 0.1s adrift of Jones.
Eggleston Motorsport’s Paul Dumbrell was third fastest with his best effort arriving in first practice before the weather intervened.
Team-mate Taz Douglas put his Commodore in fourth ahead of Josh Kean (Brad Jones Racing) and Shae Davies (Matt White Motorsport), with all three times posted in Practice 1.
Phillip Island winner James Golding ended second practice in third which was good enough for seventh overall.
Macauley Jones, Richard Muscat, Todd Hazelwood and series leader Garry Jacobson filled eighth through to 11th position.
The tricky conditions caught out several drivers with Adam Marjoram and Jake Kostecki sliding off at Turn 1, which brought out the red flags halfway through the first hit-out.
Matt Chahda, Chelsea Angelo and Alex Rullo also endured excursions in the session which was eventually shortened by five minutes due to the former’s off at Turn 1.
Chahda, newcomer Garry Hill and Jacobson were caught out in the second session but were all able to rejoin the track unscathed.
The Dunlop Series will return to the track for qualifying on Saturday at 1105 local time.
Result: Dunlop Series Combined Practice, Perth
|1||Alliance Truck Parts Racing||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VF||P2||0:57.9114|
|2||GoGetta Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Falcon FG/X||P1||0:58.0618||00.1504|
|3||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VE2||P1||0:58.3894||00.4780|
|4||Eggleston Motorsport||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VE2||P1||0:58.7103||00.7989|
|5||Wynn’s Racing||Josh Kean||Holden Commodore VF||P1||0:58.7408||00.8294|
|6||DavBridge Constructions /MWM||Shae Davies||Ford Falcon FG||P1||0:58.8045||00.8931|
|7||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||James Golding||Holden Commodore VF||P2||0:58.9151||01.0037|
|8||PAYCE||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||P2||0:58.9609||01.0495|
|9||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Richard Muscat||Holden Commodore VF||P2||0:58.9620||01.0506|
|10||iseek Communication / MSR||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore VF||P1||0:59.0209||01.1095|
|11||Challenger Valve Racing||Garry Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG/X||P1||0:59.0731||01.1617|
|12||Kostecki Brothers Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||P2||0:59.4730||01.5616|
|13||Paul Morris Motrosports||Anton de Pasquale||Ford Falcon FG||P1||0:59.5153||01.6039|
|14||Middy’s Data & Electrical /MWM||Bryce Fullwood||Ford Falcon FG||P2||0:59.6942||01.7828|
|15||Auto One / MSR||Adam Marjoram||Ford Falcon FG||P2||0:59.9139||02.0025|
|16||Kostecki Brothers Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||P1||1:00.2678||02.3564|
|17||Team Caltex||Renee Gracie||Ford Falcon FG||P2||1:00.2763||02.3649|
|18||Performance West/LD Motorsport||Alex Rullo||Holden Commodore VF||P1||1:00.3068||02.3954|
|19||Eggleston Motorsport||Liam McAdam||Holden Commodore VE2||P2||1:00.3710||02.4596|
|20||S&J Automotive||Dan Day||Ford Falcon FG||P2||1:00.6182||02.7068|
|21||Cavalier Homes||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG||P2||1:00.6394||02.7280|
|22||Dragon Motor Racing||Chelsea Angelo||Holden Commodore VE2||P2||1:01.1178||03.2064|
|23||Lubrixmax||Garry Hill||Ford Falcon FG||P2||1:01.3730||03.4616|
|24||Kilar Towing Equipment / STR||Mathew Palmer||Ford Falcon FG||P2||1:01.5176||03.6062|