Brown ends Winton Supercars test on top

Will Brown

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

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Fastest lap Split
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

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