Waters fastest in final Pukekohe practice
Cameron Waters put Prodrive on top of the times in final practice for the ITM Auckland Super Sprint at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Waters struggled for speed in opening practice but bounced back in Practice 2 as he fired in a 1:02.56s effort in the final moments of the 40 minute session held in overcast conditions.
The Monster Energy driver was fast throughout having held top spot early on before jumping back up the order after his final run.
“We weren’t too fazed after Practice 1, we knew we had a few problems,” said Waters.
“It was all just a matter of tuning it up. We did that and the car is mint now, so I’m pretty happy.”
Triple Eight’s Jamie Whincup was among a group drivers to improve late on as he moved to second 0.14s shy of Waters.
Ford showed strong pace across its six cars with four Falcons inside the top five.
Mark Winterbottom was third fastest ahead of Shell V-Power Racing’s Scott McLaughlin, who was the first driver to dip into the 1:02s bracket.
Chaz Mostert ended the session in fifth while Shane van Gisbergen leapt from 22nd to sixth with his final lap in the #97 Red Bull Holden.
Triple Eight made changes to the front end of van Gisbergen’s car in between practice sessions.
The 2016 Supercars champion apologised to Winterbottom in the pit lane after he appeared to impede the The Bottle-O Falcon.
Tim Slade was fast early on as he headed the time sheets before sliding down to seventh at the chequered flag.
Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds, Craig Lowndes (Triple Eight) and Lee Holdsworth (Preston Hire Racing) completed the top 10.
Title contender Fabian Coulthard could only manage 13th position in the #12 Shell V-Power Racing Falcon.
The session ran without issue although Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Jack Perkins sustained damage on the left rear late in the running that saw him stop on the circuit.
Supercars will return on Saturday for a 20 minute qualifying session at 1225 local time (1025 AEDT) ahead of a 70-lap race scheduled for 1610 (1410 AEDT).
Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship ITM Auckland Super Sprint, Practice 2
|1||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.562|
|2||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.704||0.141|
|3||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.710||0.147|
|4||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.736||0.174|
|5||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.804||0.242|
|6||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.848||0.286|
|7||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.944||0.381|
|8||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.011||0.449|
|9||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.021||0.458|
|10||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.024||0.461|
|11||MEGA Racing||Jason Bright||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.041||0.478|
|12||Sengled Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:03.057||0.494|
|13||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.097||0.535|
|14||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.110||0.548|
|15||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:03.110||0.548|
|16||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.136||0.573|
|17||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.143||0.580|
|18||Harley-Davidson Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.145||0.583|
|19||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.238||0.675|
|20||Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.263||0.701|
|21||TEKNO Woodstock Racing||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.270||0.707|
|22||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:03.583||1.021|
|23||Team CoolDrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.627||1.065|
|24||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1:03.781||1.219|
|25||Plus Fitness Racing||Aaren Russell||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.788||1.225|
|26||Repair Management NZ Racing||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.167||1.604|