Slade tops second V8 Supercars practice

Walkinshaw Racing’s Tim Slade topped the second V8 Supercars practice session at Barbagallo Raceway.

Slade set his time early in the session, the 56.774s lap coming right at the beginning of a run on the softer compound Dunlop tyre.

Fellow Holden driver James Courtney also did a soft-tyre stint early in the session, setting a best of 56.898s.

Prodrive’s Mark Winterbottom was third fastest, and best of the Falcons, with a 56.994s, narrowly edging out fellow Prodrive Falcon driver David Reynolds, who had a best of 57.012s.

The surprise of the session was Nick Percat, the LD Motorsport driver improving late to finish fifth fastest, ahead of Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin.

Lee Holdsworth made it three Walkinshaw Commodores in the Top 10 by going eighth fastest in the Team 18 entry, while the Erebus pair of Will Davison and Ash Walsh finished ninth and 10th quickest.

In a session largely dictated by tyre allocation, the Triple Eight pair were unspectacular. Jamie Whincup was just 14th fastest, while Craig Lowndes – who is searching for his 100th win this weekend – was 16th fastest.

 Pos   Driver   Car   Time   Gap   Laps 
Tim Slade Holden 56.7746   33
James Courtney Holden 56.8980 0.1234 35
M.Winterbottom Ford 56.9948 0.2202 18
David Reynolds Ford 57.0125 0.2379 28
Nick Percat Holden 57.0280 0.2534 25
Fabian Coulthard Holden 57.0570 0.2824 23
Scott McLaughlin Volvo 57.0610 0.2864 20
Lee Holdsworth Holden 57.1117 0.3371 27
Will Davison Mercedes 57.1272 0.3526 33
10  Ashley Walsh Mercedes 57.2378 0.4632 17
11  Jason Bright Holden 57.2539 0.4793 24
12  Dale Wood Holden 57.3256 0.5510 24
13  Todd Kelly Nissan 57.3319 0.5573 19
14  Jamie Whincup Holden 57.4313 0.6567 30
15  Scott Pye Ford 57.4329 0.6583 22
16  Craig Lowndes Holden 57.4885 0.7139 25
17  Chaz Mostert Ford 57.6209 0.8463 22
18  S.van Gisbergen Holden 57.7643 0.9897 45
19  Rick Kelly Nissan 57.8380 1.0634 20
20  A.Heimgartner Ford 57.9573 1.1827 21
21  David Wall Volvo 58.0298 1.2552 34
22  Garth Tander Holden 58.0403 1.2657 23
23  James Moffat Nissan 58.0690 1.2944 24
24  Michael Caruso Nissan 58.1573 1.3827 17
25  Tim Blanchard Holden 58.2690 1.4944 22

 

 

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Series Supercars
Event Perth
Track Barbagallo Raceway
Drivers Tim Slade
Teams Walkinshaw Performance
Article type Practice report