Wall shock leader after first V8 Supercars practice

Volvo driver David Wall surprised the field by being fastest in the first one-hour V8 Supercars practice session at Barbagallo Raceway.

The New South Welshman left his run late, rocketing to the top of the times in the dying minutes of the session, on his first flying lap following a late red flag period sparked when Nick Percat bogged his LDM Commodore at turn one.

Wall’s 57.120s lap left him 0.160s clear of Craig Lowndes, who had led the way since the half-way mark of the session, and seemed odds on to take first blood before Wall’s late improvement.

Mark Winterbottom was another to improve in the five-minute rush after the red flag, the Prodrive Racing Australia driver slotting into third with a 57.422s effort, which relegated Holden Racing Team driver James Courtney down to fourth.

Scott McLaughlin was fifth fastest in his brand new Volvo S60 – 0.381s behind his team-mate – while Todd Kelly was the best of the Nissans in sixth fastest.

Fabian Coulthard, David Reynolds and Michael Caruso were next, with championship leader Jamie Whincup rounding out the Top 10.

Pos   Driver   Car  Best   Gap   Laps 
David Wall Volvo 57.1202   22
Craig Lowndes Holden 57.2811 0.1609 29
M.Winterbottom Ford 57.4225 0.3023 21
James Courtney Holden 57.4750 0.3548 23
Scott McLaughlin Volvo 57.5017 0.3815 21
Todd Kelly Nissan 57.5650 0.4448 15
Fabian Coulthard Holden 57.5655 0.4453 23
David Reynolds Ford 57.5869 0.4667 20
Michael Caruso Nissan 57.6203 0.5001 28
10  Jamie Whincup Holden 57.6223 0.5021 21
11  Lee Holdsworth Holden 57.6233 0.5031 24
12  Chaz Mostert Ford 57.6307 0.5105 28
13  Tim Slade Holden 57.6449 0.5247 33
14  S.van Gisbergen Holden 57.7090 0.5888 20
15  Ashley Walsh Mercedes 57.7589 0.6387 18
16  Scott Pye Ford 57.7596 0.6394 27
17  Rick Kelly Nissan 57.7903 0.6701 25
18  Garth Tander Holden 57.7917 0.6715 28
19  Will Davison Mercedes 57.8028 0.6826 26
20  Nick Percat Holden 57.8753 0.7551 18
21  James Moffat Nissan 57.8962 0.7760 28
22  Andre Heimgartner Ford 57.9004 0.7802 24
23  Dale Wood Holden 58.1103 0.9901 26
24  Tim Blanchard Holden 58.3064 1.1862 19
25  Jason Bright Holden 58.3719 1.2517 22

 

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Series Supercars
Event Perth
Track Barbagallo Raceway
Drivers Craig Lowndes , David Wall
Teams Garry Rogers Motorsport
Article type Practice report