Phillip Island V8s: Winterbottom braves the wet to top FP2

Rain played its part in practice for a second time today at Phillip Island, points leader Mark Winterbottom getting the best of the running to lead the way.

Once again the session was started in wet conditions, and just like the earlier practice it was Fabian Coulthard who was fastest straight out of the box.

It wasn’t until the 20 minute-mark that the conditions began to properly improve, times settling around the 1m40s mark with Jamie Whincup leading the way.

Conditions then improved even more across the next few minutes, Mark Winterbottom getting the absolute best of running to go fastest with a 1m35.950s – right before spearing off at Turn 2 on the very next lap.

Scott Pye and Jason Bright also improved at about the right time, both setting times in the low 1m36s mark that left them P2 and P3.

Immediately after that burst of quick times the rain returned, essentially turning the second half of the session into a wet weather test run and leaving times at the top static until the end.

Winterbottom’s title rivals David Reynolds and Craig Lowndes were both near the front of the field, finishing fourth and fifth respectively having also snuck times in right before the rain reappeared.

Pos  Driver   Car  Time   Gap 
M.Winterbottom Ford 1'35.9504  
Scott Pye Ford 1'36.0863 0.1359
Jason Bright Holden 1'36.2471 0.2967
David Reynolds Ford 1'36.6485 0.6981
Craig Lowndes Holden 1'36.6538 0.7034
Garth Tander Holden 1'37.0981 1.1477
Rick Kelly Nissan 1'37.1291 1.1787
Will Davison Mercedes 1'37.5197 1.5693
Cameron Waters Ford 1'37.6765 1.7261
10  Scott McLaughlin Volvo 1'37.7466 1.7962
11  Todd Kelly Nissan 1'38.0426 2.0922
12  David Wall Volvo 1'38.1871 2.2367
13  Chris Pither Ford 1'38.3896 2.4392
14  Tim Blanchard Holden 1'39.7236 3.7732
15  S.van Gisbergen Holden 1'39.8988 3.9484
16  Lee Holdsworth Holden 1'40.1573 4.2069
17  Jamie Whincup Holden 1'40.4043 4.4539
18  Dale Wood Holden 1'40.6110 4.6606
19  Michael Caruso Nissan 1'41.1385 5.1881
20  Dean Canto Mercedes 1'41.2192 5.2688
21  Nick Percat Holden 1'41.2226 5.2722
22  James Moffat Nissan 1'41.8362 5.8858
23  Fabian Coulthard Holden 1'42.1528 6.2024
24  James Courtney Holden 1'44.0770 8.1266
25  Tim Slade Holden 1'44.6809 8.7305

 

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Series Supercars
Event Phillip Island
Track Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Drivers Mark Winterbottom
Article type Practice report