Winterbottom fastest in wet final practice

Mark Winterbottom

Mark Winterbottom

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

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