Caruso/Fiore top Sandown 500 warm-up

Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore went fastest in warm-up

The Calsonic Nissan of Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore topped the times in the final warm-up ahead of the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

The 20-minute session provided teams an opportunity to complete final preparations, including driver changes, before this afternoon’s Pirtek Enduro Cup opener.

Caruso posted a 1:08.860s to top the session with the #23 Altima 0.09s faster than the Red Bull Holden of Shane van Gisbergen and Matt Campbell.

“(It all felt) reasonably okay, obviously we made some changes overnight,” said Caruso.


“If it was qualifying and that was what we needed to do today, but look 500 kilometres is a long way to go.

“It is good to feel that the car is there and you know, obviously it is going to come down to a lot more than having a fast car for one lap.”

The #88 Triple Eight Holden was third fastest with Jamie Whincup setting the time in the car he is sharing with Paul Dumbrell.

The top six was completed by the #7 Todd Kelly/Jack Le Brocq (Nissan), James Courtney/Jack Perkins (Mobil 1 HSV Racing) and the Mark Winterbottom/Steve Owen Prodrive Ford.

The session was not without incident with Prodrive’s Cameron Waters and Shell V-Power Racing’s Fabian Coulthard involved in a feisty dice.

Pole sitters Waters and Richie Stanaway ended the hit out in seventh, while Coulthard and co-driver Tony D’Alberto was tenth behind DJR Team Penske team-mates Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat.

Stewards will also investigate an unsafe release in the pitlane that saw Karl Reindler (#18 Preston Erection) and Macauley Jones (#8 Brad Jones Racing ) collide while trying to rejoin the fast lane.

“We were out there scrubbing some tyres, came in for a new set of tyres, left our pit box and he just basically got released into me, into the side for a bit of a traffic jam in pit lane,” said Reindler.

“I suppose it could happen to anyone, it is not the type of thing you want to happen in the race so it is something I guess we will keep an eye out on.

“There was nothing I could do, I couldn’t roll out of it any sooner which you would do, if you could. I am not sure if it was Nick or Macca in the car, but ah yeah a bit of awkwardness in pit lane.”

The Sandown 500 is scheduled to start 1315.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Wilson Security Sandown 500 Warm-Up

1 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 1:08.860
2 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust S.Van Gisbergen/M.Campbell Holden Commodore VF 1:08.942 00.082
3 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 1:08.951 00.091
4 carsales Racing T.Kelly/J.Le Brocq Nissan Altima 1:08.974 00.115
5 Mobil 1 HSV Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:08.987 00.127
6 The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.061 00.201
7 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/R.Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.119 00.259
8 Wilson Security Racing GRM G.Tander/J.Golding Holden Commodore VF 1:09.164 00.304
9 Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.180 00.320
10 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.231 00.371
11 TEKNO Woodstock Racing W.Davison/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:09.268 00.408
12 Preston Hire Racing L.Holdsworth/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 1:09.292 00.432
13 Mobil 1 HSV Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 1:09.317 00.458
14 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/R.Muscat Holden Commodore VF 1:09.333 00.473
15 Freightliner Racing T.Slade/A.Walsh Holden Commodore VF 1:09.357 00.498
16 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.385 00.526
17 Erebus Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 1:09.414 00.554
18 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing D.Wood/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 1:09.510 00.651
19 Mongrel Boots Racing N.Percat/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:09.549 00.689
20 Sengled Racing R.Kelly/D.Wall Nissan Altima 1:09.580 00.721
21 Plus Fitness Racing A.Russell/T.Douglas Holden Commodore VF 1:09.649 00.789
22 TeamVortex C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 1:09.757 00.898
23 MEGA Racing J.Bright/G.Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 1:09.793 00.934
24 Repair Management Aust Racing A.Rullo/A.Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:09.995 01.135
25 Team Harvey Norman S.De Silvestro/D.Russell Nissan Altima 1:10.404 01.544

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