Whincup unleashed his trademark late run to claim fastest time in practice
Lee Holdsworth continued his impressive lead-up to the Great Race with the seventh fastest time of the session with 2:09.37 in the Irwin Tools E63 AMG.
In the first year of introducing new brands to the sport there were two Mercedes-Benz and four Nissan Altimas in the top ten in Friday's V8 Supercars practice at the Hidden Valley circuit.
Slade clipped the wall at turn three, damaged his steering and hit the wall heavily at turn four with the right front corner of the car.
Holdsworth recorded Erebus' best practice result at the Winton 400. He was second to Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard and in front of VIP Petfood's Shane van Gisbergen.
Winterbottom enjoyed the return to a revamped Pukekohe Park Raceway
Practice day for the Australia V8 Supercars was extremely hot; especially for the drivers on and off the track Homebush circuit.
Former V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney back swinging in Townsville.
Saturday's on track action features a pair of 10 minute long qualifying sessions ahead of twin 100km races.
The three Erebus Motorsport E63 AMG’s have been trialling different setups ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session and twin 20-lap qualifying races.
Points leader Whincup leads the way on Friday in Winton, Australia
Holden teams fill top 7 in opening practice for the double-header non-points weekend at the Grand Prix of Australia.
All four Nissan Altima drivers finished inside the top 10.
Lee Holdsworth and Craig Baird have enjoyed a productive opening day of practice for Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
It was a trouble free run for the Erebus Motorsport team