Winterbottom fastest in Practice 1 as van Gisbergen, Slade crash

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade had separate crashes as Mark Winterbottom set the pace in Repco Supercars Championship Practice 1 at Albert Park.

Van Gisbergen caused the second red flag of the session when he dropped left-rear wheel of the #97 Red Bull Ampol Camaro over the edge of the track at the Turn 8 sweeper and had a lurid spin.

The three-time champion appeared to stand on the throttle in a bid to try and save himself from hitting the walls, but the left-rear corner and the front end of the Triple Eight Race Engineering entry made contact with the barriers before it came to rest and he hopped out.

It was one of three incidents in quick succession, with PremiAir Racing’s James Golding (#31 Nulon Camaro) shortcutting the flip-flop and Tickford Racing’s James Courtney (#5 Snowy Rivers Caravans Mustang) having a spin at Turn 1.

Earlier, in the 11th minute of the session, Golding’s team-mate Tim Slade came unstuck at Turn 5.

He lost the rear of the #23 Nulon Camaro, with that corner hitting a tyre-protected section of the barriers before the left-front was pulled into bare concrete, damaging both ends of the car.

In what relatively little green flag time there was, Team 18’s Winterbottom (#18 DeWalt Camaro) set the pace on a 1:49.9679s just after the first red flag period.

That lap came moments after Dick Johnson Racing’s Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) clocked a 1:50.1194s which saw him end up second.

Given van Gisbergen’s crash caused the session to time out, he was classified third on the 1:50.1749s which he set on his first run, with the top 10 completed by Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang), David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang), Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang), Brodie Kostecki (#99 Coca-Cola Camaro), Slade, Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol Camaro), and Jack Le Brocq (#34 Truck Assist Camaro).

All except Macauley Jones (#96 Pizza Hut Camaro) ran the hard compound of tyre throughout, despite the super soft also being in play this weekend.

Practice 2, another half-hour session, starts at 13:15 local time/AEDT.

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Ty Split
1 18 DEWALT Racing Mark Winterbottom Chev Camaro ZL1 1:49.9679 H  
2 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton de Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:50.1194 H 0:00.1515
3 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Chev Camaro ZL1 1:50.1749 H 0:00.2070
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:50.1955 H 0:00.2276
5 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:50.2000 H 0:00.2321
6 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:50.2165 H 0:00.2486
7 99 Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Chev Camaro ZL1 1:50.3017 H 0:00.3338
8 23 Nulon Racing Tim Slade Chev Camaro ZL1 1:50.3416 H 0:00.3737
9 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Chev Camaro ZL1 1:50.4175 H 0:00.4496
10 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Chev Camaro ZL1 1:50.4658 H 0:00.4979
11 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 1:50.4675 H 0:00.4996
12 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1:50.5916 H 0:00.6237
13 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Chev Camaro ZL1 1:50.6380 H 0:00.6701
14 4 SCT Motorsport Jack Smith Chev Camaro ZL1 1:50.6890 H 0:00.7211
15 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Ford Mustang GT 1:50.7980 H 0:00.8301
16 19 Penrite Racing Matthew Payne Ford Mustang GT 1:50.8937 H 0:00.9258
17 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:50.9071 H 0:00.9392
18 9 Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus William Brown Chev Camaro ZL1 1:51.0815 H 0:01.1136
19 31 Nulon Racing James Golding Chev Camaro ZL1 1:51.1599 H 0:01.1920
20 56 Tradie Racing Declan Fraser Ford Mustang GT 1:51.1655 H 0:01.1976
21 3 CoolDrive Racing Todd Hazelwood Ford Mustang GT 1:51.3121 H 0:01.3442
22 20 Resimax Group Scott Pye Chev Camaro ZL1 1:51.4047 H 0:01.4368
23 35 Truck Assist Racing Cameron Hill Chev Camaro ZL1 1:51.8157 H 0:01.8478
24 14 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Chev Camaro ZL1 1:51.8457 H 0:01.8778
25 96 Pizza Hut Racing Macauley Jones Chev Camaro ZL1 1:51.9871 SS 0:02.0192

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