Mostert flies in opening Gold Coast practice 

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Chaz Mostert set the pace in the opening practice session of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

The Prodrive Racing Australia driver impressed late in the 30 minute hit out to post a 1:11.05s to shoot to the top of the times.

Mostert times arrived just moments before the session was red flagged with a minute remaining.

Nissan Motorsport’s Simona de Silvestro nudged the tyre barrier at the final corner after misjudging the entry over the kerbs.

There wasn’t enough time to restart the session, which left Michael Caruso in second spot after the Nissan driver clocked a time 0.08s shy of Mostert.

“I think that red flag at the end probably hurt a few people’s different tyre runs,” said Mostert, who shared the car with co-driver Steve Owen.

“We did a bit of a different strategy, we ran our co-drivers at the start to get them comfortable.

“The car felt OK, we’ve still got a lot of work to do. It’s not where we want it, definitely better than years past here, but we’ve got to get our head in the book and make it a bit better.”

Triple Eight’s Shane van Gisbergen ended up third having moved to the top of the times by the halfway mark, while Lee Holdsworth was fourth in the Preston Hire Racing Commodore.

Scott McLaughlin was fifth in the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Falcon after an eventful session that saw him graze the wall at Turn 3.

He was also lucky to avoid the pit wall when he locked up while entering pit lane.

Co-driver Alex Premat enjoyed a brief run out in the car towards the end of Practice 1.

“I hit the wall, a bit of a balls-up that one,” said McLaughlin.

“At the end of the day Saturday is going to be wet so just trying to find a little bit of a confidence booster and that certainly wasn’t it.

“It (the car) was alright, just one of those things, just got to work on it.”

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds was sixth in the Erebus Holden ahead of title contender Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Holden).

The top 10 was completed by James Courtney (Mobil 1 HSV Racing), James Moffat (Garry Rogers Motorsport) and Mark Winterbottom (Prodrive).

Nissan Motorsport’s Rick Kelly spent time in the garage due to an oil overflow issue.

The Supercars co-drivers will be in action for Practice 2, which is scheduled to begin at 1400 local time.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Practice 1

1 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.0597*SS
2 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 1:11.1445 SS 00.0848
3 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:11.1754 SS 00.1157
4 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:11.2187 SS 00.1590
5 Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.3937 SS 00.3340
6 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:11.5506 SS 00.4909
7 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:11.6542 SS 00.5945
8 Mobil 1 HSV Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:11.6906 S 00.6309
9 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/R.Muscat Holden Commodore VF 1:11.7289 SS 00.6692
10 The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.7308 SS 00.6711
11 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.7354 W 00.6757
12 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:11.7809 SS 00.7212
13 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:11.8495 SS 00.7898
14 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:11.8693 SS 00.8096
15 Boost Mobile Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:11.9180 SS 00.8583
16 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:11.9455 SS 00.8858
17 Mobil 1 HSV Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 1:11.9604 SS 00.9007
18 Wilson Security Racing GRM G.Tander/J.Golding Holden Commodore VF 1:12.0256 SS 00.9659
19 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:12.2210 SS 01.1613
20 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:12.2851 S 01.2254
21 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/R.Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.3469 SS 01.2872
22 Team CoolDrive T.Blanchard/T.Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 1:12.5961 SS 01.5364
23 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:12.8318 S 01.7721
24 MEGA Racing J.Bright/G.Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.9392 S 01.8795
25 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 1:13.1620 SS 02.1023
26 Repair Management Aust Racing Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 1:14.6779 SS 03.6182

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