Whincup fastest, Mostert spins in warm-up

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup completed the #88 Red Bull Holden’s exemplary build-up to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 by topping the morning warm-up.

As is tradition, teams took the opportunity to perform final balance checks and pitstop practice in the 20 minute session.

Whincup clocked the best time of 2:06.77s in the dying minutes, undercutting previous fast-man Garth Tander by 0.1s.

The performance means that the Whincup/Paul Dumbrell Holden has topped seven of the nine sessions held prior to today’s race.

The #2 Holden Racing Team Commodore ended up second with Warren Luff at the wheel, while the Scott McLaughlin/David Wall Volvo and Will Davison/Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden completed the top four.

Craig Lowndes set the fifth fastest time, raising further hope that the Caltex Holden will be a contender today despite qualifying 21st.

Chaz Mostert had the only major moment of the session, escaping undamaged from an unusual spin at The Chase.

The Supercheap Ford ran wide at the left-hander before spinning on the wet grass and ending up broadside on the circuit.

“On my out-lap I forgot to change my brake bias back and it obviously needs to be different for low tanks compared to full tanks,” explained Mostert.

“I locked a front going in and thought I’d just scoot across the grass, but this early in the morning the grass is quite wet.

“I went for a bit of a slide and thought there was a chance I’d end up too far over (towards the wall), so I gassed it up when I got to the bitumen and just spun it on the track.

“I was pretty lucky, let’s be honest… but the car still feels pretty solid. I think we’ve got a good race car.”

Mostert ended the session in seventh, one place behind the #3 Andre Heimgartner/Aaren Russell LDM Holden.

While Whincup and Dumbrell continued their serene run, there was late drama on the other side of the Red Bull garage following a rushed final practice driver change between Shane van Gisbergen and Alex Premat.

The Frenchman failed to fasten his helmet before getting into the car, earning the #97 Holden a mechanical black flag.

“We weren’t quite sure if he was going to make it out in time and it was a little bit of a brain fade,” explained Red Bull team manager Mark Dutton.

“It’s something you only want to do in the warm-up, not in the race.

“We’ve seen drivers do it before. It’s a heat of the moment thing.”

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will get underway at 1110 local time.

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Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Warm-up

1 Red Bull Racing Australia J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 2:06.76
2 Holden Racing Team G.Tander/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 2:06.86 00.0992
3 Wilson Security Racing GRM S.McLaughlin/D.Wall Volvo S60 2:06.87 00.1038
4 Team Darrell Lea STIX W.Davison/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 2:06.96 00.1942
5 TeamVortex C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 2:06.96 00.2015
6 Plus Fitness Racing A.Heimgartner/A.Russell Holden Commodore VF 2:07.13 00.3635
7 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.44 00.6777
8 The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.45 00.6843
9 DJR Team Penske F.Coulthard/L.Youlden Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.50 00.7394
10 Preston Hire Racing L.Holdsworth/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 2:07.51 00.7466
11 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/J.Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.51 00.7474
12 DJR Team Penske S.Pye/T.D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.52 00.7576
13 Erebus Motorsport Penrite D.Reynolds/C.Baird Holden Commodore VF 2:07.53 00.7663
14 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Racing N.Percat/C.McConville Holden Commodore VF 2:07.57 00.8080
15 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/J.Golding Volvo S60 2:07.57 00.8087
16 Super Black Racing C.Pither/R.Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.59 00.8238
17 Holden Racing Team J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 2:07.61 00.8507
18 Sengled Racing R.Kelly/R.Ingall Nissan Altima 2:07.62 00.8570
19 Red Bull Racing Australia S.Van Gisbergen/A.Premat Holden Commodore VF 2:07.88 01.1142
20 Freightliner Racing T.Slade/A.Walsh Holden Commodore VF 2:07.92 01.1618
21 Team Cooldrive T.Blanchard/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:08.26 01.4983
22 GB Galvanizing Racing D.Wood/D.Russell Nissan Altima 2:08.49 01.7283
23 Erebus Motorsport C.van der Drift/S.Davies Holden Commodore VF 2:08.90 02.1426
24 Team BOC J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:08.96 02.1994
25 carsales Racing T.Kelly/M.Campbell Nissan Altima 2:09.22 02.4630
26 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 2:10.87 04.1120
27 Harvey Norman Supergirls S.De Silvestro/R.Gracie Nissan Altima 2:12.24 05.481

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