Fabian Coulthard is back to being the pace-setter at Mount Panorama, topping the final pre-qualifying practice session for the Bathurst 1000.
The Kiwi sat mid-field for much of the 40-minute session, before going for a low-fuel run right at the end of the session.
It yielded a session-topping 2m05.211s, although left Coulthard a little unsatisfied. Why? Because he was baulked late in the lap by Erebus driver Jack Le Brocq, which Coulthard says cost him a shot at reclaiming the lap record.
“I was flashing my lights down to Conrod to try to be nice and get out of the way, but obviously they were doing their lap at the same point,” he said.
“To be compromised a little bit… I’d like that lap record back. I was trying pretty hard.
“[The car] is still not perfect; I don’t think you ever get a perfect car around here. But I wouldn’t mind one.”
Mark Winterbottom was second fastest, another to improve on a last-minute run, while Scott Pye finished up third after leading the way for much of the session. The Penske driver had been the first in to the 2m05s, having punched out a 2m05.509s half-way through the session.
Shane van Gisbergen and David Reynolds were the only other two drivers to get under the 2m06s barrier.