Chaz Mostert has topped a session for Walkinshaw Andretti United for the first time, breaking the practice record in the third session at the Superloop Adelaide 500.
The biggest off-season mover set a 1:19.2412s in the final minute of Practice 3 in the #25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore, which put him 0.2828s clear of the Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Scott McLaughlin.
Will Davison rounded out the top three in the #23 Milwaukee Mustang while Fabian Coulthard was the biggest name to miss the bye to Part 2 of Sunday’s qualifying proceedings having been 13th fastest in the second DJR Team Penske Mustang.
Davison was on top after the first runs with a 1:20.5017s, ahead of Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), Anton De Pasquale (#99 Penrite ZB Commodore), and Nick Percat (#8 X-Convenience ZB Commodore).
McLaughlin then shot to the top on his second run with a 1:19.7466s in the #17 Mustang, which was the fastest lap of the weekend to that point
David Reynolds (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore) moved up to second on his second run with a 1:19.8806s, Davison was third on a 1:20.0091s, and Coulthard was fourth in the #12 Mustang.
Shane van Gisbergen (#97 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore) and McLaughlin were taking contrasting approaches to the half-hour session, with the former stretching his first run to 10 laps.
The latter, on the other hand, was operating to a pattern of out-flyer-in, and wheeled Car #17 to a 1:19.5240s on his third run.
Mostert took the #25 ZB Commodore to second with a 1:19.6570s in the 19th minute, and all but matched that with a 1:19.6914s on his next lap.
Ahead of the final runs, it was McLaughlin by 0.1330s over Mostert, followed by Reynolds, Davison, and Jamie Whincup at 0.3919s off the pace in the #88 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore.
Reynolds and then Davison subsequently moved up to second position, before De Pasquale exited the danger zone into third spot in the final minute.
Mostert was seventh when he rolled out what would be the fastest lap of the session just before the chequered flag, after which Winterbottom jumped from 12th to fourth and bumped Rick Kelly (#15 Castrol Mustang) out of the top 10 in the process.
Behind Winterbottom by 0.0076s in the end was De Pasquale in fifth, with Whincup 0.0107s further back in sixth.
Rounding out the top 10 were Reynolds, Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang), van Gisbergen, and Percat.
Kelly found himself on the outside by 0.0080s, with Lee Holdsworth (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) 12th and Coulthard 13th.
Team Sydney’s James Courtney wound up last of the 23 drivers to start the session, hitting the wall at Turn 8 in the #19 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore before pitting with a power steering failure.
The next Virgin Australia Supercars Championship session is Qualifying for Race 1, tomorrow from 11:55 local time/12:25 AEDT.
Results: Practice 3
|1||25||Mobil 1 TM Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.2412|
|2||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.5240||0:00.2828|
|3||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.5710||0:00.3298|
|4||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6055||0:00.3643|
|5||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6131||0:00.3719|
|6||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6238||0:00.3826|
|7||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6283||0:00.3871|
|8||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.6440||0:00.4028|
|9||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6463||0:00.4051|
|10||8||X Convenience Mobil Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.9680||0:00.7268|
|11||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.9760||0:00.7348|
|12||5||Truck Assist Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.9957||0:00.7545|
|13||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:20.0447||0:00.8035|
|14||7||NED Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:20.0454||0:00.8042|
|15||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:20.1641||0:00.9229|
|16||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.1974||0:00.9562|
|17||14||Plus Fitness Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.3142||0:01.0730|
|18||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.3147||0:01.0735|
|19||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.5836||0:01.3424|
|20||34||UNIT Racing||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.6987||0:01.4575|
|21||3||Team Cooldrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.7452||0:01.5040|
|22||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.7712||0:01.5300|
|23||19||Team SYDNEY||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.9697||0:01.7285|