Coulthard smashes new practice record

Fabian Coulthard smashed the freshly-set lap record at Hidden Valley in today’s third V8 Supercars practice session.

David Reynolds became the fastest ever man around the Darwin circuit yesterday with a 1m06.730s, but that practice record was decimated today by Coulthard, the Brad Jones Racing topping the third session with a stunning 1m06.431s.

“Not a bad way to start the day at all,” he said.

“The car is awesome, the changes we made overnight have made it better again. I’d like to think there’s a little bit more in it. How much, I’m not sure.”

Will Davison was a late improver, jumping from one end of the time sheet to the other with a 1m06.576s as the flag fell, his and Coulthard’s times knocking Mark Winterbottom from first to third.

Prodrive Racing Australia had another solid session, with Mostert fourth behind team-mate Winterbottom, Reynolds sixth behind Tekno’s Shane van Gisbergen, and Andre Heimgartner seventh in the Prodrive-run Super Black Racing entry.

Jason Bright, Scott Pye, and James Courtney rounded out the Top 10, while David Wall was the best-placed Volvo in 11th.

Nissan had a tough outing, James Moffat leading the way in 12th while Michael Caruso was 16th, Rick Kelly 17th, and Todd Kelly 22nd.

As was in the case in yesterday’s first session, Garth Tander was 25th and last after spending most of the session in the pits making front-end changes to his Holden Racing Team Commodore.

Pos   Driver   Car   Time   Gap 
Fabian Coulthard Holden 1'06.4311  
Will Davison Mercedes 1'06.5765 0.1454
M.Winterbottom Ford 1'06.7295 0.2984
Chaz Mostert Ford 1'06.7699 0.3388
S.van Gisbergen Holden 1'06.7854 0.3543
David Reynolds Ford 1'06.8100 0.3789
A.Heimgartner Ford 1'06.8644 0.4333
Jason Bright Holden 1'06.8676 0.4365
Scott Pye Ford 1'06.9561 0.5250
10  James Courtney Holden 1'07.0137 0.5826
11  David Wall Volvo 1'07.0575 0.6264
12  James Moffat Nissan 1'07.0795 0.6484
13  Scott McLaughlin Volvo 1'07.0944 0.6633
14  Lee Holdsworth Holden 1'07.1097 0.6786
15  Craig Lowndes Holden 1'07.1262 0.6951
16  Michael Caruso Nissan 1'07.2269 0.7958
17  Rick Kelly Nissan 1'07.3032 0.8721
18  Dale Wood Holden 1'07.3166 0.8855
19  Tim Slade Holden 1'07.3589 0.9278
20  Nick Percat Holden 1'07.4409 1.0098
21  Jamie Whincup Holden 1'07.6609 1.2298
22  Todd Kelly Nissan 1'08.2430 1.8119
23  Ashley Walsh Mercedes 1'08.3134 1.8823
24  Tim Blanchard Holden 1'08.4326 2.0015
25  Garth Tander Holden 1'08.6985 2.2674
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Series Supercars
Event Darwin
Track Hidden Valley Raceway
Article type Practice report