Whincup edges Kelly in tight Darwin practice

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup beat Rick Kelly to the fastest time in a second practice session that saw the top five cars separated by less than a tenth of a second.

Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds sat atop the order for 40 minutes before a final flurry of fast times on new soft tyres.

Whincup was the first to displace Reynolds, recording 1:06.62s to move 0.2s clear of the Penrite Commodore.

Red Bull team-mate Shane van Gisbergen moved to second before being displaced by Rick Kelly, who fell just 0.0077s short of a double having topped Practice 1.


Scott McLaughlin wound up fourth ahead of Scott Pye, who was left to lament a fumbled gear change on his lap that proved just 0.07s shy of Whincup.

Team-mate Fabian Coulthard was sixth despite missing the first 35 minutes of the session while DJR Team Penske completed an engine change on the #12 Ford.

The Kiwi had battled a misfire in the opening session which the team had failed to rectify.

James Moffat, Dale Wood, Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom completed the top 10, with Reynolds falling to 12th.

Erebus team-mate Aaren Russell crashed out of the session just prior to the halfway mark, making right-front contact with the tyre wall after running off at Turn 10.

The rookie was able to drive his Plus Fitness Holden back to pitlane but took no further part in the session.

“I just lost the rear real early in the corner, it took me wide and from there I was a passenger,” explained Russell.

“These things happen, you’ve just got to have faith in the crew that they’ll fix it.

“It’s a shame we’ve lost the session, obviously Dave’s doing well and we’d only been on one set of softs all weekend.”

Like in Practice 1, the session ran green for its duration despite a host of drivers spearing off under brakes at Turns 1 and 5.

A final 15 minute practice session will take place tomorrow morning.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown Practice 2

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:06.6209
2 Sengled Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:06.6286 00.0077
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:06.6442 00.0233
4 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:06.6694 00.0485
5 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:06.6956 00.0747
6 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:06.7631 00.1422
7 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 1:06.7767 00.1558
8 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 1:06.7850 00.1641
9 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:06.7889 00.1680
10 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:06.7936 00.1727
11 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:06.7974 00.1765
12 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:06.8246 00.2037
13 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:06.9008 00.2799
14 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:06.9201 00.2992
15 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:06.9214 00.3005
16 ABRO/Repair Management Aust Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:06.9447 00.3238
17 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:06.9743 00.3534
18 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:07.0286 00.4077
19 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:07.0414 00.4205
20 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:07.0734 00.4525
21 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:07.1663 00.5454
22 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:07.2501 00.6292
23 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:07.2887 00.6678
24 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:07.7157 01.0948
25 ABRO/Repair Management Aust Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 1:07.9760 01.3551
26 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 1:08.5022 01.8813

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