Davison leads DJR one-two in Perth Supercars practice

Will Davison

Will Davison headed up a Shell V-Power Racing Team one-two in the second and final practice session for the Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight.

He and Anton De Pasquale were the only two drivers to lap under Cameron Waters’ Practice 1 benchmark at Wanneroo Raceway, while Repco Supercars Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen ended up third for the session.

After a brief set of first runs, Jack Le Brocq (#34 Truck Assist ZB Commodore) was quickest on a 0:54.4100s, before several big guns were sent out on green tyres.

Davison (#17 Mustang) clocked a 0:54.2071s but van Gisbergen soon knocked that off with a 0:54.0490s, and Scott Pye (#20 Nulon ZB Commodore) took up third on a 0:54.3086s.

With around 10 minutes to go, Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) on a 0:54.3011s and then Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) on a 0:54.2125s went to third spot.

Davison was first to beat Waters’ earlier pace-setter when he clocked a 0:53.9093s in the 23rd minute and De Pasquale, whose #11 Mustang had a steering rack change between sessions, was next to do so with a 0:53.9397s two minutes later.

Van Gisbergen looked a threat to beat both of them when he went fastest to the first sector in the final two minutes, but was slower to the second intermediate.

Any chance he had of moving up the order on that lap was snuffed out when the #97 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore recorded a kerb strike at Turn 7, and he would go no faster than his aforementioned 0:54.0490s.

Said Davison at the conclusion of another 30 minutes of practice, “We made good improvement from session one to session two there.

“I enjoyed that lap, there’s nothing between us [Davison and De Pasquale], hundredths, splitting hairs but we’re working together, all of us.

“We still know where our weakness is, maybe not over one lap but just even looking at the micros [microsectors], there’s a lot of T8 customer cars in there and we can see where Shane is very strong.

“We’re still focused on fixing a few of things, particularly in the first sector.

“It feels really nice but we know the story of the last few events and what we’re trying to focus on.”

Matt Stone Racing took fourth and fifth positions, with Le Brocq setting a 0:54.1788s and Todd Hazelwood (#35 ZB Commodore) a 0:54.2044s.

The top 10 was rounded out by Winterbottom, David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang), Macauley Jones (#96 Tools.com ZB Commodore), Chris Pither (#22 Coca-Cola ZB Commodore), and James Courtney (#5 Snowy River Caravans Mustang).

After an eventful opening session in Perth, the latter had something of an incident with Chaz Mostert, with whom he had come to blows at Albert Park, late in Practice 2.

A replay showed Courtney swerving to avoid a #25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore which was already drifting across the track as they ran down the hill, although no serious harm was done.

Waters ended up 11th on a 0:54.2808s and Mostert was 19th, just as he had been in the earlier hit-out, on a 0:54.4375s.

Qualifying for Race 10 of the season, a three-part knockout session, starts at 14:40 local time/16:40 AEST, before tonight’s 46-lapper at 18:40 local time/20:40 AEST.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 0:53.9093  
2 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 0:53.9397 0:00.0304
3 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.0490 0:00.1397
4 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.1788 0:00.2695
5 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.2044 0:00.2951
6 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.2125 0:00.3032
7 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 0:54.2186 0:00.3093
8 96 tools.com/Hungry Jacks Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.2228 0:00.3135
9 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.2416 0:00.3323
10 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 0:54.2635 0:00.3542
11 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 0:54.2808 0:00.3715
12 20 Nulon Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.3086 0:00.3993
13 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.3400 0:00.4307
14 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.3488 0:00.4395
15 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 0:54.3596 0:00.4503
16 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.3773 0:00.4680
17 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 0:54.3840 0:00.4747
18 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.4177 0:00.5084
19 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.4375 0:00.5282
20 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.4527 0:00.5434
21 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.4875 0:00.5782
22 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 0:54.5999 0:00.6906
23 76 PremiAir Subway Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.7124 0:00.8031
24 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 0:54.7269 0:00.8176
25 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 0:54.9236 0:01.0143

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