Percat heads Reynolds in Practice 3 at Symmons Plains
Nick Percat has finished fastest by a tenth from David Reynolds in Practice 3 for the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains.
Percat was a regular presence near the top of the timing screen in the #8 Dunlop ZB Commodore and settled matters with a 50.6956s lap with a couple of minutes remaining in the half-hour hit-out.
Reynolds had been the prior fast man but ended up 0.1080s adrift in the #9 Penrite ZB Commodore, from the two Shell V-Power Mustangs of Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin.
The top 11 did their respective fastest laps in their final runs despite the presence of water on the edge of the race line at the exit of Turn 2 after Lee Holdsworth ran off and splashed his The Bottle-O Mustang through a puddle.
Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Scott Pye (#2 ZB Commodore) had been quickest before those final runs but he was bundled back to 12th having failed to improve on the 51.0769s he held at the time.
Reynolds usurped him with his 50.8036s, after which he put his cue in the rack, before he was knocked off top spot by Percat, who split the Erebus driver and the #17 Ford Mustang.
Coulthard then bettered his team-mate with a 50.8457s from just outside of the top 10 in Car #12.
Percat’s flyer was a tonic after a dashboard problem and shift cut failure a day prior.
“It was a little bit difficult yesterday with no shift cut, the list (of issues) was long, but it was quite pleasant to drive a car with all the aids back,” he said.
“Obviously it’s fast, we stuck to our program, didn’t do anything crazy, kept to our test items and did well.
“That was all uses tyres then. I want to be able to use my used tyres from yesterday, which I’ve done one lap on, to get through to Q2 and not use a set.
“We’ve done a lap there which was faster than what we did yesterday on a new tyres and now we’ve got the stuff back working.”
McLaughlin was pleased with his progress from Friday, when he was seventh fastest.
“We’ve made a massive improvement overnight,” said the championship leader.
“I think our car was amazing yesterday. We were just plugging along, minding our own business, and see how we go. I think we’re there.”
Tim Slade (#14 Freightliner ZB Commodore) was the second of the Brad Jones Racing entries in fifth position, one spot ahead of James Golding (#34 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore).
Holdsworth had an eventful session having also caused an early red flag when he put Car #5 in the bunker at the hairpin but went on to finish seventh, ahead of James Courtney (#22 Mobil 1 Mega ZB Commodore) and Todd Hazelwood (#35 Matt Stone Racing ZB Commodore).
Jamie Whincup, whose #88 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore has had an engine change since setting the pace in Practice 2, rounded out the top 10.
Anton De Pasquale sprayed the #99 Erebus ZB Commodore through the gravel between Turns 1 and 2 after an unusual lose when he touched the brakes in the early minutes of the session, ultimately going 15th fastest.
Shane van Gisbergen (#97 Triple Eight ZB Commodore) was only 17th and Chaz Mostert (#55 Supercheap Auto Mustang) 22nd.
Rick Kelly rounded out the 25-car field with Kelly Racing reporting that his #15 Castrol Altima dropped a cylinder.
The lead Altima was the #7 Plus Fitness entry of Andre Heimgartner in 14th.
Armor All Qualifying for Race 7 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship starts at 1350 local time/AEDT.
Results: Practice 3
|1||8||Dunlop Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.6956|
|2||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.8036||0:00.1080|
|3||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.8457||0:00.1501|
|4||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.8551||0:00.1595|
|5||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.8856||0:00.1900|
|6||34||Boost Mobile Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.9853||0:00.2897|
|7||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.9962||0:00.3006|
|8||22||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.0368||0:00.3412|
|9||35||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.0387||0:00.3431|
|10||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.0645||0:00.3689|
|11||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||0:51.0694||0:00.3738|
|12||2||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.0769||0:00.3813|
|13||33||Boost Mobile Racing||Richie Stanaway||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.1357||0:00.4401|
|14||7||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||0:51.1617||0:00.4661|
|15||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.1945||0:00.4989|
|16||6||Monster Energy Racing Team||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||0:51.2101||0:00.5145|
|17||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.2198||0:00.5242|
|18||21||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.3244||0:00.6288|
|19||19||Truck Assist TEKNO Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.3815||0:00.6859|
|20||4||SCT Logistics Racing||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.4140||0:00.7184|
|21||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||0:51.4438||0:00.7482|
|22||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||0:51.4462||0:00.7506|
|23||18||Irwin Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.4523||0:00.7567|
|24||3||RABBLE.club Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||0:51.6202||0:00.9246|
|25||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||0:51.7115||0:01.0159|