Scott Pye led a quartet of Ford Falcons at the top of the order in the final Supercars practice session at Hidden Valley.
Mark Winterbottom held P1 until the final moments of the 15 minute run, before Chaz Mostert and then Pye pipped The Bottle-O Falcon in the dying moments.
Fabian Coulthard put the second DJR Team Penske Ford fourth at the chequered flag, just 0.16s down on Pye’s 1:06.26s.
Pye is debuting a new chassis this weekend as the team continues to chase its first win under its American ownership.
“Yesterday was good and we tuned it up a bit overnight,” smiled Pye post-session.
“On used tyres it was pretty good and now we’ll see what it’ll do on greens in qualifying.
“It’s really slippery off-line here, so you’re kind of under-driving to the limit.
“You always think there’s a little more time in it, so we’ll see what we can put together.”
Second fastest man Mostert is also eyeing his first win of the year in today’s 120km race.
“We had a good run then, but we don’t know where we’re at with everyone else,” he said.
“We still need a little bit more stability, so if we can get that I think we’ll be thereabouts.”
Winton winner Tim Slade was the top Holden runner in fifth ahead of Michael Caruso, Craig Lowndes, Shane van Gisbergen, Will Davison and Jason Bright.
All 26 cars took to the track, with Erebus mechanics having worked until 10:30pm last night repairing damage to Aaren Russell’s Holden following its crash in second practice.
Qualifying for Race 12 of the season will get underway at 1140 local time.
Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown Practice 3
|1||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.2552*S|
|2||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.3118 S||00.0566|
|3||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.3180 S||00.0628|
|4||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.4144 S||00.1592|
|5||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.4364 S||00.1812|
|6||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:06.4828 S||00.2276|
|7||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.4971 S||00.2419|
|8||Red Bull Racing Australia||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.5081 S||00.2529|
|9||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.5307 S||00.2755|
|10||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.5906 S||00.3354|
|11||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.6228 S||00.3676|
|12||Super Black Racing||Chris Pither||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.6380 S||00.3828|
|13||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.7452 S||00.4900|
|14||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:06.7622 S||00.5070|
|15||Sengled Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:06.7991 S||00.5439|
|16||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.8051 S||00.5499|
|17||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Volvo S60||1:06.8960 S||00.6408|
|18||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.9078 S||00.6526|
|19||ABRO/Repair Management Aust||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.9543 S||00.6991|
|20||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.9605 S||00.7053|
|21||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.0887 S||00.8335|
|22||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Nissan Altima||1:07.1017 S||00.8465|
|23||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.1192 S||00.8640|
|24||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:07.1294 S||00.8742|
|25||ABRO/Repair Management Aust||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.1661 S||00.9109|
|26||Plus Fitness Racing||Aaren Russell||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.6601 S||01.4049|