Mostert survives scare to top final practice

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert

A major moment for co-driver Steve Owen did not deter Chaz Mostert from setting the fastest time in the final practice session for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Mostert and team-mate Mark Winterbottom ended up one-two in the order after running Top 10 Shootout simulations in the closing stages of the 60 minute run.

The youngster’s 2:05.34s lap proved 0.30s quicker than that of Winterbottom as he prepares for his first ever Bathurst Shootout.

Owen earlier went for a long run aboard the Supercheap Ford, which almost ended in disaster as he slid wide at The Dipper.

The veteran regathered control just centimetres from the left-side concrete wall before pitting and handing over to Mostert.

“It was my last run on a bit of an older set of tyres and she got a bit loose coming down the hill,” explained Owen.

“I had a bit of a look on the big screen coming through the Elbow to see if anyone noticed.

“Unfortunately there are cameras everywhere now so you can’t get away with that sort of thing anymore!”

Owen meanwhile ended the session highly encouraged by the speed of the #55 Falcon on both new and old tyres.

“We’re happy both ways which is really, really positive,” he said.

“Normally it’s good on one tyre and not the other, but we’re both comfortable and happy.”

Winterbottom says he’ll need further adjustments to his Bottle-O Ford in order to capture his third Bathurst pole this afternoon.

“It was ok, but it’s moving around in the rear a bit,” he said after his fast lap.

“You get one lap, tighten the belts and just try and have a go.

“I reckon we’re half a chance for this afternoon if we just tighten it up a little bit.

“But it’s still slow at the bottom. We’re losing about three tenths down there.

Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin also went for a late flyer to end up third, 0.61s adrift of Mostert.

Shane van Gisbergen’s mid-session effort eventually left him fourth, while team-mate Jamie Whincup was 12th after electing not to attempt a Shootout simulation.

The session ended in overcast conditions, leaving doubt over the weather for the Shootout at 1710.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Practice 6 

1 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 2:05.33
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 2:05.63 00.30
3 Wilson Security Racing GRM S.McLaughlin/D.Wall Volvo S60 2:05.94 00.60
4 Red Bull Racing Australia S.Van Gisbergen/A.Premat Holden Commodore VF 2:06.19 00.86
5 Team Darrell Lea STIX W.Davison/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 2:06.29 00.95
6 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/J.Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.32 00.98
7 Team BOC J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:06.70 01.37
8 Freightliner Racing T.Slade/A.Walsh Holden Commodore VF 2:06.80 01.46
9 Holden Racing Team G.Tander/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 2:06.84 01.51
10 Preston Hire Racing L.Holdsworth/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 2:07.00 01.67
11 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Racing N.Percat/C.McConville Holden Commodore VF 2:07.01 01.67
12 Red Bull Racing Australia J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 2:07.04 01.70
13 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 2:07.06 01.72
14 Holden Racing Team J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 2:07.11 01.77
15 DJR Team Penske F.Coulthard/L.Youlden Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.16 01.82
16 TeamVortex C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 2:07.20 01.87
17 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/J.Golding Volvo S60 2:07.20 01.87
18 Sengled Racing R.Kelly/R.Ingall Nissan Altima 2:07.20 01.87
19 GB Galvanizing Racing D.Wood/D.Russell Nissan Altima 2:07.42 02.08
20 Erebus Motorsport Penrite D.Reynolds/C.Baird Holden Commodore VF 2:07.45 02.12
21 carsales Racing T.Kelly/M.Campbell Nissan Altima 2:07.51 02.18
22 Plus Fitness Racing A.Heimgartner/A.Russell Holden Commodore VF 2:07.54 02.21
23 Team Cooldrive T.Blanchard/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:07.57 02.24
24 Super Black Racing C.Pither/R.Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.98 02.64
25 DJR Team Penske S.Pye/T.D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 2:08.03 02.70
26 Harvey Norman Supergirls S.De Silvestro/R.Gracie Nissan Altima 2:08.28 02.94
27 Erebus Motorsport C.van der Drift/S.Davies Holden Commodore VF 2:08.94 03.60


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