Winterbottom fastest in wet final practice
Prodrive’s Mark Winterbottom set the fastest time in Practice 3 as heavy rain returned to Barbagallo Raceway.
A downpour just five minutes prior to the start of the 15 minute session ensured that the track was wet for its duration.
Although conditions gradually improved, Winterbottom’s best of 1:03.31s proved over seven seconds adrift of the fastest dry time from Friday.
“The wet weather has bene a weakness for me in the past so it’s nice to go out, top a session, get some confidence and have some fun,” said Winterbottom.
Scott McLaughlin was second fastest, 0.2s adrift of the Ford driver in what was a mixed session for Volvo.
Team-mate James Moffat had earlier coasted into pitlane with no oil pressure, likely necessitating a rapid engine change before qualifying in just 50 minutes time.
“They don’t run too good without any oil pressure in them,” shrugged Moffat.
“A quick diagnosis doesn’t look too flash, so hopefully the boys can throw another engine in before qualifying.
“There isn’t much time between sessions but they’ll do their best to get it out for qualy.”
Craig Lowndes and Rick Kelly were third and fourth on the timesheets respectively ahead of the Fords of Fabian Coulthard, Chaz Mostert and Scott Pye.
Despite the tricky conditions, the session ran green for its duration with no notable incidents.
Intermittent showers are expected to continue to hit the Perth venue throughout the day.
Result: Virgin Australia V8 Supercars Perth Super Sprint Practice 3
|1||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.3112*W|
|2||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:03.5522 W||00.2410|
|3||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.5674 W||00.2562|
|4||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:03.6642 W||00.3530|
|5||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.7175 W||00.4063|
|6||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.9364 W||00.6252|
|7||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.9475 W||00.6363|
|8||Red Bull Racing Australia||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.0101 W||00.6989|
|9||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.0648 W||00.7536|
|10||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.1500 W||00.8388|
|11||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Nissan Altima||1:04.1979 W||00.8867|
|12||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:04.2950 W||00.9838|
|13||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.3276 W||01.0164|
|14||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.4424 W||01.1312|
|15||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.5391 W||01.2279|
|16||ABRO/Repair Management Aust||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.6527 W||01.3415|
|17||Plus Fitness Racing||Aaren Russell||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.6884 W||01.3772|
|18||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:04.6919 W||01.3807|
|19||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:04.8376 W||01.5264|
|20||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.8495 W||01.5383|
|21||ABRO/Repair Management Aust||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.9590 W||01.6478|
|22||Super Black Racing||Chris Pither||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:05.3411 W||02.0299|
|23||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1:05.3986 W||02.0874|
|24||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:05.4100 W||02.0988|
|25||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.8193 W||03.5081|
|26||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Volvo S60||1:23.0546 W||19.7434|