Penske back on top in third practice

Tony D'Alberto. pic @supercars via twitter

Tony D’Alberto. pic @supercars via twitter

Tony D’Alberto completed a strong day for DJR Team Penske at Sandown by topping the third practice session.

Driving Scott Pye’s #17 Ford, D’Alberto’s 1:09.17s best was just 0.04s shy of team-mate Fabian Coulthard’s time from this morning’s single primary driver practice session.

D’Alberto, who had been second in Practice 2, set his best time of the final hit-out with eight minutes remaining.

Practice 2 pace-setter Steve Richards fell just 0.06s short of D’Alberto in Practice 3 ahead of Steve Owen, Warren Luff and Luke Youlden.

Dean Fiore was sixth in the leading Nissan from Alex Premat, Jonathon Webb, Paul Dumbrell and James Golding.

All of today’s running was completed in cool but dry conditions, with a brief red flag in the second session the only stoppage.

A final practice session will take place tomorrow morning ahead of qualifying and two sprint races to set the grid for Sunday’s Wilson Security Sandown 500.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Wilson Security Sandown 500 Practice 3 (Co Drivers)

1 DJR Team Penske Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.16
2 TeamVortex Steven Richards Holden Commodore VF 1:09.22 00.06
3 Supercheap Auto Racing Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.24 00.07
4 Holden Racing Team Warren Luff Holden Commodore VF 1:09.29 00.12
5 DJR Team Penske Luke Youlden Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.30 00.13
6 Nissan Motorsport Dean Fiore Nissan Altima 1:09.36 00.19
7 Red Bull Racing Australia Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 1:09.38 00.22
8 Team Darrell Lea STIX Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:09.39 00.23
9 Red Bull Racing Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 1:09.53 00.36
10 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Golding Volvo S60 1:09.54 00.37
11 Sengled Motorsport Russell Ingall Nissan Altima 1:09.58 00.41
12 Holden Racing Team Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:09.60 00.44
13 Repair Management Aust Racing Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VF 1:09.61 00.44
14 Freightliner Racing Ashley Walsh Holden Commodore VF 1:09.61 00.44
15 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:09.67 00.51
16 Preston Hire Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VF 1:09.74 00.57
17 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 1:09.74 00.58
18 Super Black Racing Richie Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.75 00.58
19 GB Galvanizing Racing David Russell Nissan Altima 1:09.83 00.67
20 The Bottle-O Racing Team Dean Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.87 00.70
21 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:09.95 00.79
22 Erebus Motorsport Chris van der Drift Holden Commodore VF 1:09.95 00.79
23 carsales Racing Matthew Campbell Nissan Altima 1:09.97 00.81
24 Monster Energy Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.98 00.81
25 Team Cooldrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:10.34 01.18
26 Erebus Motorsport Penrite Craig Baird Holden Commodore VF 1:10.66 01.50

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