Fiore fastest in Carrera Cup practice

Dean Fiore

Dean Fiore

Dean Fiore has come back from a crash in the opening session to set the fastest overall practice time in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Hidden Valley.

With the first appearance of the Porsche series in the Top End in nine years, all the drivers were trying to find the limit in both sessions.

Fiore went off the track on a fast lap causing panel damage early in the day. His car was repaired and he took part in practice #2.

With V8 Supercars experience of Hidden Valley in recent years, David Wall was fastest in the early session, from Matt Campbell and Alex Davison.

Despite it being his first visit to Hidden Valley, Campbell was getting plenty of laps as he also spent time before the second Carrera Cup practice behind the wheel of Todd Kelly’s Nissan Altima in the V8 session.

Marbles from the Supercars practice session, which immediately preceded Practice 2, caught much of the field out with many having moments including a spin for James Abela.

Over the closing minutes Sonic team-mates Ash Walsh and Nick McBride traded fastest times before Fiore set the new benchmark for the category of 1:08.8002.

Fastest in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge went the way of Shane Smollen in both sessions.

The Carrera Cup will have qualifying at 11.05am local time followed by the opening 18-lap race at 3.10pm.

VIDEO: Fiore and Smollen speak after Friday practice

 

TIMES: Practice 1 – Carrera Cup 

Pos. No. Driver Class Team Time/Gap
1 38 David Wall  P Wilson Security 1:08.8144R
2 7 Matt Campbell  P Nuveau Constructions/Phase 8 +0.2142
3 25 Alex Davison  P Wilson Parking +0.4192
4 12 Steven Richards  P Laser Plumbing and Electrical +0.6068
5 777 Ash Walsh  P Bob Jane T-Marts/Infants Friend +0.6809
6 77 Nick McBride  P Bob Jane T-Marts +0.6995
7 8 Dean Fiore  P Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne +0.7555
8 26 Michael Almond  P Copyworld +0.7672
9 21 Garth Walden  P CIP/GWR +1.2460
10 360 Fraser Ross  P Preston Hire +1.3109
11 88 Dylan O’Keeffe  P Allstar Equipment/Dexion Supply +1.5154
12 54 James Abela  P Horsley Park Gunshop +1.6637
13 45 Duvashen Padayachee  P Darrell Lea STIX +2.2193
14 56 Shane Smollen  C McGrath Estate Agents +2.2641
15 4 Stephen Grove  C Grove Hire +2.6639
16 13 James Bergmuller  C pricepressure.com.au +3.1043
17 39 Adrian Mastronardo  C Veritas Property Group +3.1079
18 24 Tony Bates  C Moveitnet/A.F.S. +3.8367
19 222 Scott Taylor  C Scott Taylor Motorsport +4.0917
20 9 Marc Cini  C Hallmarc +4.3241

 

TIMES: Practice 2 – Carrera Cup 

Pos. No. Driver Class Team Time/Gap
1 8 Dean Fiore P Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne 1:08.8002R
2 777 Ash Walsh P Bob Jane T-Marts/Infants Friend +0.0376
3 77 Nick McBride P Bob Jane T-Marts +0.2093
4 25 Alex Davison P Wilson Parking +0.4150
5 88 Dylan O’Keeffe P Allstar Equipment/Dexion Supply +0.4402
6 21 Garth Walden P CIP/GWR +0.5160
7 12 Steven Richards P Laser Plumbing and Electrical +0.5200
8 38 David Wall P Wilson Security +0.5547
9 7 Matt Campbell P Nuveau Constructions/Phase 8 +0.6245
10 56 Shane Smollen C McGrath Estate Agents +0.8603
11 360 Fraser Ross P Preston Hire +0.8845
12 26 Michael Almond P Copyworld +0.9243
13 54 James Abela P Horsley Park Gunshop +0.9341
14 13 James Bergmuller C pricepressure.com.au +1.4927
15 222 Scott Taylor C Scott Taylor Motorsport +1.7093
16 4 Stephen Grove C Grove Hire +1.7909
17 39 Adrian Mastronardo C Veritas Property Group +1.8783
18 24 Tony Bates C Moveitnet/A.F.S. +1.8848
19 9 Marc Cini C Hallmarc +2.8712
20 45 Duvashen Padayachee P Darrell Lea STIX +6.0787

 

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