Nissan Motorsport’s Garry Jacobson has clocked the fastest lap in the Additional Drivers Practice session at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.
The 2016 Super2 Series winner set back-to-back fastest laps in the final run after a red flag period, his best in Rick Kelly’s #15 Castrol Nissan Altima a 1:09.6257s.
“That’s good; I didn’t really know (how fast I was),” said Jacobson.
“Obviously I’ve been given a set of tyres to do the job today that are not too bad; they’re not greens, but they’re not bad.
“(I’m) Just thankful that they gave me a set of tyres that I could work with and we can give Rick that information that he needs to know what the car’s going to feel like.”
Team-mate Dean Fiore had held first position thanks to a 1:09.8098s set just after halfway through the 30-minute hit-out in Michael Caruso’s #23 Drive Nissan Altima.
Steven Richards ended up third-fastest having held sway after the first runs in Craig Lowndes’ #888 Autobarn ZB Commodore.
Tony D’Alberto drove each of the Shell V-Power Racing entries, setting a lap which put Fabian Coulthard’s #12 FGX Falcon in fourth position.
D’Alberto ran off at Turn 3 immediately after the lap in question and would switch to Scott McLaughlin’s Falcon in the absence of Alexandre Premat, putting Car #17 sixth on the timesheets.
Splitting the DJR Team Penske cars was Steve Owen in Richie Stanaway’s #56 Rabble.Club FGX Falcon.
Paul Dumbrell was just the second of the Commodores in seventh position in Jamie Whincup’s #1 Red Bull HRT ZB, from Jonathon Webb in another Triple Eight-built machine (#19 Tekno Autosports ZB Commodore).
Rounding out the top 10 were Macauley Jones (#8 Brad Jones Racing ZB Commodore) and last year’s Bathurst 1000 winners Luke Youlden and Erebus Motorsport (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore).
Russell Ingall finished 14th in Shane van Gisbergen’s #97 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore, which will be co-driven by absent Porsche driver Earl Bamber in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
The session saw a red flag with just over eight minutes remaining when wildcard entrant Kurt Kostecki slowed and pulled off the circuit on the run off at Turn 3.
The problem for the #42 VF Commodore was a fuel pressure problem, according to Kostecki Brothers Racing.
Kostecki ended up 25th of the 26 cars which took to the circuit as the #34 Wilson Security ZB Commodore stayed in pit lane with Garry Rogers Motorsport co-driver Richard Muscat racing in Asia this weekend.
Practice 1 (45 minutes) starts at 1200 local time/AEST.
Results: Supercars Additional Driver Practice
|1||15 Castrol Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||1:09.6257*SS|
|2||23 Drive Racing||Dean Fiore||Nissan Altima||1:09.8098 SS||00.1841|
|3||888 Autobarn Lowndes Racing||Steven Richards||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.0057 SS||00.3800|
|4||12 Shell V-Power Racing Team||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.0376 SS||00.4119|
|5||56 RABBLE.club Racing||Steve Owen||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.1888 SS||00.5631|
|6||17 Shell V-Power Racing Team||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.2003 SS||00.5746|
|7||1 Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.2385 SS||00.6128|
|8||19 Tekno Autosport||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.2547 SS||00.6290|
|9||8 Summit Racing||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.2587 SS||00.6330|
|10||9 Erebus Penrite Racing||Luke Youlden||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.2805 SS||00.6548|
|11||25 Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.3768 SS||00.7511|
|12||6 Monster Energy Racing||David Russell||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.3829 SS||00.7572|
|13||55 Supercheap Auto Racing||James Moffat||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.3843 SS||00.7586|
|14||97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.4434 SS||00.8177|
|15||21 Team CoolDrive||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.4847 SS||00.8590|
|16||5 The Bottle-O Racing Team||Dean Canto||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.5342 SS||00.9085|
|17||7 Plus Fitness Racing||Aaren Russell||Nissan Altima||1:10.5684 SS||00.9427|
|18||14 Freightliner Racing||Ashley Walsh||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.6373 SS||01.0116|
|19||33 Wilson Security Racing GRM||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.6920 SS||01.0663|
|20||78 Team Harvey Norman||Alex Rullo||Nissan Altima||1:10.7480 SS||01.1223|
|21||99 Erebus Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.7788 SS||01.1531|
|22||2 Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.7947 SS||01.1690|
|23||120 Milwaukee Racing||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.2009 SS||01.5752|
|24||35 Bigmate Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.2279 SS||01.6022|
|25||42 Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.6674 S||02.0417|
|26||18 Preston Hire Racing||Matthew Brabham||Holden Commodore ZB||1:11.8273 SS||02.2016|