Almond fastest as Moffat spins in opening practice

Mat Coch

Thursday 1st March, 2018 - 1:53pm

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Michael Almond topped the first practice session for the 2018 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup season on the streets of Adelaide.

The Sonic Motorsport run entry topped the timing sheets with a 1:22.8314s, a time set just prior to a red flag which ultimately ended the session.

A spin from James Moffat triggered the red when the Wall Racing driver lose the back end of the car, spinning into the gravel at the opening chicane and making light contact with the tyre wall.

With his car stranded, the red flag was shown and the session not restarted, leaving Almond on top ahead of Nick McBride and Moffat third best.

Times tumbled throughout the 20-minute session, with David Wall’s early benchmark of 1:29.6718s quickly falling to Jaxon Evans, who banked a 1:24.9827s lap.

The Kiwi driver improved his own best on the following two laps, leaving the pace at a 1:23.4129s as the field headed back into the pit lane to check tyre pressures around the halfway point of the session.

Series debutant John Steffensen had a harmless spin at Turn 4, while Peter Major dropped a wheel under braking into the final corner to have his own pirouette.

Carrera Cup is back on track for qualifying at 1355 local time.

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Class Fastest lap Split
1 77 Sonic/Bob Jane T Marts Michael Almond (TBC) P 1:22.8314
2 8 Porsche Centre Melbourne Nick McBride (VIC) P 1:22.9873 0:00.1559
3 18 Payce/Wilson Security/JBL James Moffat (TBC) P 1:23.0093 0:00.1779
4 100 Sonic/Polyflor Dale Wood (VIC) P 1:23.2167 0:00.3853
5 7 Morris Finance Jaxon Evans (QLD) P 1:23.4129 0:00.5815
6 88 Allstar Equipment Sales Dylan O’Keeffe (VIC) P 1:23.4875 0:00.6561
7 4 Grove Motorsport Pty Ltd Stephen Grove (VIC) A 1:24.3003 0:01.4689
8 1 PAYCE/Wilson Security David Wall (NSW) P 1:24.3905 0:01.5591
9 111 Southern Star Truck Centre/Any Cameron Hill (ACT) P 1:24.5176 0:01.6862
10 777 Rodney Jane Racing Jordan Love (WA) P 1:24.5524 0:01.7210
11 19 Hallmark Homes Anthony Gilbertson (QLD) A 1:24.9761 0:02.1447
12 14 Sonic/Totally 4×4 Peter Major (SA) P 1:25.2306 0:02.3992
13 80 WM Waste Management Max Twigg (VIC) A 1:25.3676 0:02.5362
14 6 Miles Advisory Partners Tim Miles (NSW) A 1:25.5577 0:02.7263
15 12 Garwood Motorsport Adam Garwood (TAS) P 1:25.6186 0:02.7872
16 23 JBS Australia Roger Lago (QLD) A 1:25.6643 0:02.8329
17 13 The Bend/htfu Sam Shahin (SA) A 1:26.0172 0:03.1858
18 9 Hallmarc Marc Cini (VIC) A 1:26.0523 0:03.2209
19 15 Volante Rosso Motorsport Josh Hunt (QLD) P 1:26.1983 0:03.3669
20 20 Agas National Adrian Flack (NSW) A 1:26.6706 0:03.8392
21 808 Crown/Timken/Porsche Melbourne John Steffensen (VIC) A 1:26.7424 0:03.9110
22 22 BMF/Pitman Racing Dean Cook (VIC) A 1:27.6246 0:04.7932
23 888 Porsche Centre Brighton Leanne Tander (VIC) P 1:27.9975 0:05.1661
24 5 Arris/Strongbuild Greg Taylor (NSW) A 1:32.0292 0:09.1978
25 35 Hyundai Forklifts Australia Indiran Padayachee (NSW) A 1:35.3655 0:12.5341
26 131 Sonic Graham Williams (VIC) A 1:36.0690 0:13.2376

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