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Friday 26th May, 2017 - 5:19pm

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The Foster/Williams combination was fastest in practice

2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion Nick Foster and teammate Graham Williams have completed a Sonic Motor Racing 1-2-3 sweep in practice today ahead of the Pro-Am event at Phillip Island.

Now based in Europe, Foster topped the charts across three 20-minute practice sessions thanks to a 1m30.3846s lap banked early in the final session.

It marks a strong start for the Victorian outfit that has yet to be beaten to pole position in a Carrera Cup event this year.

The pair will share the #131 Porsche that Williams used to make his Carrera Cup debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March earlier this year.

In cool yet sunny conditions, Foster’s time was only 0.3s slower than Matt Campbell’s qualifying lap record at the circuit and comfortably under the race lap record – currently held by Scott McLaughlin.

Current championship leader Andre Heimgartner and co-driver Aaron Ireland were second overall, just 0.08s behind Foster’s flyer today.

Ireland, who is contesting just his second ever national-level Porsche event this weekend, was an impressive 10th quickest in the dedicated Am-drivers session held earlier on Friday morning.

Nick McBride and Dylan Thomas set the third quickest overall time today, the #77 car banking a best of 1m30.74s in the final session.

Jaxon Evans and Tim Miles were fourth overall in his McElrea Racing #7 machine, just 0.1s behind McBride’s best, while the #888 entry of Alex Davison and Geoff Emery were fifth fastest on the combined times.

Dylan O’Keefe/Adam Gowans (6th), Cameron McConville/Tony Bates (7th), Stephen Grove/Tim Slade (8th), Dean Grant/Lee Holdsworth (9th) and Marc Cini/Dean Fiore completed the top-10 runners on combined practice times.

Just 1.4 seconds covered the top-10 runners today ahead of this weekend’s highly anticipated Pro-Am event.

The depth of the field was indicated in the stand-alone ‘Am’ drivers session held on Friday morning, just one second covering the seven fastest drivers in a session topped by Sam Shahin – on his Carrera Cup debut.

Geoff Emery was second and Dylan Thomas was third.

The high-speed Phillip Island circuit struck early in the session when Anthony Gilbertson unfortunately crashed the Horsley Park Gun Shop car he will share with James Abela at the hayshed.

Despite a high-speed impact, the McElrea Racing team will have the car repaired and back on track in time for qualifying on Saturday morning.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Pro-Am continues on Saturday with a pair of 15-minute qualifying sessions, one each for the Pro and Am drivers contesting the event.

The combined times will then set the grid for the first one-hour race to commence at 3:00pm local time.

VIDEO: Foster and Williams speak after practice

PRACTICE 3

Pos No. Drivers Team Class Time Gap
1 131 G.Williams/N.Foster WRA C 1:30.3846
2 777 A.Heimgartner/A.Ireland Rodney Jane Racing P +0.0836
3 77 N.McBride/D.Thomas Sonic/Bob Jane T Marts P +0.3642
4 888 A.Davison/G.Emery President Limo Australia P +0.7225
5 88 D.O’Keeffe/A.Gowans APB Group / All Star Equipment P +0.7355
6 4 S.Grove/T.Slade Grove Group C +0.8931
7 7 J.Evans/T.Miles Hungry Jacks P +1.0164
8 8 D.Grant/L.Holdsworth Porsche Centre Melbourne C +1.7729
9 38 D.Wall/S.Smollen PAYCE/Wilson Security P +1.9005
10 21 R.Woods/D.Padayachee Platinum Nightclub Broadbeach C +1.9184
11 13 S.Shahin/D.Gaunt HTFU C +1.9354
12 5 C.McConville/T.Bates Repair Management Australia P +3.0418
13 33 S.Ellingham/J.Goodacre Peak Marketing P +4.2728
14 9 M.Cini/D.Fiore Hallmarc C +6.1386

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