Chaz Mostert took top spot from David Reynolds with a late flyer in Practice 1 for the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway.
Mostert clocked a 1:06.7219s in the #55 Supercheap Auto Mustang just before pitting at the end of the 30-minute session, which put him 0.0640s ahead of Reynolds in the #9 Penrite ZB Commodore.
Shane van Gisbergen appeared to struggle before elevating himself to third at 0.0944s off the pace, while Scott McLaughlin ended up 11th having sat out nearly the last four minutes.
Reynolds spent the majority of the half-hour on top having usurped Jamie Whincup with his second flying lap, before improving to a 1:06.7859s on his second run.
He didn’t go better in his third and final run, while Mostert came from outside the top 10 to take over first position, although the Tickford Racing driver was still not happy with their performance having had to use a second set of tyres to set his fastest lap.
“Yeah, we did (use a second set of tyres),” Mostert confirmed.
“It’s kind of hard. These practices are hard to read into to where you exactly are.
“We’ve got some work to do with the car. So, we’ll just read on the balance. We’re struggling a little bit out there, but overall it wasn’t a bad hit-out first.
“I think the same guys will be the guys to beat. Reynolds is always super quick around here, so yeah, we got a bit of work to do.”
Van Gisbergen’s #97 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore required a new front bar during the session due to a reported mounting issue, and he also had an off at the end of the main straight.
The 2016 champion ended up with a personal best of 1:06.8163s, while Holdsworth set a 1:06.8303s in the #5 Bottle-O Mustang.
Next on the timesheet were Scott Pye (#2 Mobil 1 Mega ZB Commodore) and Simona De Silvestro (#78 Harvey Norman Altima), who were second and third respectively just before Mostert went to the head of the order.
Rounding out the top 10 were Anton De Pasquale (#99 Erebus ZB Commodore), Will Davison (#23 Milwaukee Mustang), Todd Hazelwood (#35 Matt Stone Racing ZB Commodore), and Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang).
McLaughlin also ran long at Turn 1 in his #17 Shell V-Power Mustang, with van Gisbergen already in the outfield, and finished the session 0.3543s off the pace.
In the other DJR Team Penske entry, Fabian Coulthard noted a small throttle sticking issue in the #12 Mustang as he ended up 16th.
Whincup was 12th in the #88 Triple Eight ZB Commodore in a session which included an off for him at Turn 5.
Practice 2 for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship field, which sets the starting order for tomorrow’s Armor All Qualifying session, starts at 1345 local time/1415 AEST.
Results: Practice 1
|1||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.7219|
|2||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.7859||0:00.0640|
|3||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.8163||0:00.0944|
|4||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.8303||0:00.1084|
|5||2||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.8551||0:00.1332|
|6||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1:06.8688||0:00.1469|
|7||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.9123||0:00.1904|
|8||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.9132||0:00.1913|
|9||35||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.9726||0:00.2507|
|10||6||Monster Energy Racing Team||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:07.0468||0:00.3249|
|11||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:07.0762||0:00.3543|
|12||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.1005||0:00.3786|
|13||19||Truck Assist TEKNO Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.1638||0:00.4419|
|14||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.1913||0:00.4694|
|15||8||Dunlop Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.2851||0:00.5632|
|16||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:07.3129||0:00.5910|
|17||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:07.4277||0:00.7058|
|18||34||Boost Mobile Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.4399||0:00.7180|
|19||18||Irwin Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.4469||0:00.7250|
|20||21||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.6075||0:00.8856|
|21||7||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||1:07.6613||0:00.9394|
|22||22||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.6746||0:00.9527|
|23||33||Boost Mobile Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.8772||0:01.1553|
|24||3||RABBLE.club Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||1:08.2141||0:01.4922|
|25||4||SCT Logistics Racing||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:08.7469||0:02.0250|