Brown ends Winton Supercars test on top
Friday 19th February, 2021 - 5:40pm
Will Brown has finished the Repco Supercars Championship’s Winton pre-season test with the fastest lap time.
The Erebus Motorsport driver set a 1:19.5089s just over an hour in, giving him a margin on the field of half a second, and little had changed in that regard after eight-and-a-half hours of running.
Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert did jump from eighth to second with a 1:20.0356s at just under 90 minutes to go, but even then the #25 ZB Commodore was 0.5267s adrift of the #9 ZB Commodore all told.
“It’s always exciting to be quickest,” said Brown, who described car handling as a more important result from testing than outright pace.
“We’re race car drivers, that’s what you always want, you’re never happy if you are second.
“We did put tyres on at the start but… we’re still quick on [older] tyres so I’m pretty happy with how the car is going.”
Kelly Grove Racing’s David Reynolds, quickest for most of the first hour with a 1:20.0714s, ended up third with no improvement on that marker.
While several additional drivers, including some with Bathurst 1000 seats unconfirmed, got track time, Reynolds ended up sharing his #26 Mustang with team-mate Andre Heimgartner in a spell which saw the New Zealander make himself the ninth-fastest individual driver.
Rounding out the top five were Scott Pye (#20 Team 18 ZB Commodore) on a 1:20.0987s and the second of the Erebus drivers in Brodie Kostecki (#99 ZB Commodore) on a 1:20.1513s.
Cameron Waters and James Moffat collectively amassed more laps for the #6 Tickford Racing Mustang than any other car, with a total of 135, and the former going as quick as a 1:20.1946s.
Bryce Fullwood (#2 WAU ZB Commodore) was seventh on a 1:20.2753s, from Nick Percat (#8 Brad Jones Racing ZB Commodore) and James Courtney.
The latter’s personal best was a 1:20.4866s but he almost beat it inside the final three minutes when he clocked a 1:20.4922s despite the #44 Mustang requiring repairs earlier in the day.
Those were necessitated when a wheel came loose on the Tickford car just after the five-hour mark, forcing Thomas Randle to a halt during his time in the seat and causing the only red flag of the test.
Aside from Mostert, Tim Slade was the only serious mover on the timing screen beyond the first hour or so, initially by clocking a 1:20.6486s in the Blanchard Racing Team car just after two-and-a-half hours in.
He then set a 1:20.5096s after nearly six hours, putting Car #3 10th of the 16 entries and the South Australian 11th in terms of drivers.
Aside from the aforementioned Moffat and Randle, other additional drivers to spend time behind the wheel during the day were Jack Perkins in Brown’s car and Lee Holdsworth in Mostert’s.
Teams will now get ready for the Repco Mount Panorama 500 which opens the season from next Friday.
Results: Winton pre-season test
|1||9||Erebus Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore ZB||78||20||1:19.5089|
|2||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||76||64||1:20.0356||0:00.5267|
|3||26||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||63||8||1:20.0714||0:00.5625|
|4||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||78||21||1:20.0987||0:00.5898|
|5||99||Erebus Motorsport||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||58||18||1:20.1513||0:00.6424|
|6||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||93||14||1:20.1946||0:00.6857|
|7||2||Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||80||16||1:20.2753||0:00.7664|
|8||8||R&J Batteries||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||100||10||1:20.3807||0:00.8718|
|9||26||Penrite Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||17||4||1:20.4830||0:00.9741|
|10||44||Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||82||19||1:20.4866||0:00.9777|
|11||3||CoolDrive Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Mustang GT||113||76||1:20.5096||0:01.0007|
|12||4||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||85||78||1:20.5419||0:01.0330|
|13||96||Brad Jones Racing||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||104||18||1:20.5786||0:01.0697|
|14||20||DEWALT Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||47||16||1:20.6655||0:01.1566|
|15||5||Truck Assist Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||130||18||1:20.6765||0:01.1676|
|16||14||Dunlop Super Dealer||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||108||35||1:20.6797||0:01.1708|
|17||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||64||32||1:20.7204||0:01.2115|
|18||6||Monster Energy Racing||James Moffat||Ford Mustang GT||42||17||1:20.8809||0:01.3720|
|19||7||NED Whisky Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||45||45||1:20.9165||0:01.4076|
|20||99||Erebus Motorsport||David Russell||Holden Commodore ZB||25||15||1:21.0429||0:01.5340|
|21||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore ZB||22||20||1:21.6080||0:02.0991|
|22||18||IRWIN Racing||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore ZB||31||26||1:21.7316||0:02.2227|
|23||44||Boost Mobile Racing||Thomas Randle||Ford Mustang GT||29||10||1:21.8260||0:02.3171|
|24||2||Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore ZB||29||29||1:21.9170||0:02.4081|
|25||8||R&J Batteries||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore ZB||20||17||1:22.1224||0:02.6135|
|26||96||Brad Jones Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||11||6||1:22.1296||0:02.6207|
|27||7||NED Whisky Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||19||9||1:22.1940||0:02.6851|
|28||9||Erebus Motorsport||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore ZB||19||4||1:22.8610||0:03.3521|