Darwin Supercars: Mostert fastest in opening practice

Chaz Mostert beat David Reynolds to top spot in the opening half-hour Supercars practice session in Darwin.

Darwin Supercars: Mostert fastest in opening practice

Times started out in the low 1m07s, Reynolds leading the way after the first runs with a 1m07.055s.

On the 10-minute mark Scott McLaughlin moved to within four-hundredths of Reynolds' time, before closing the gap down to two-hundredths a lap later.

Reynolds swiftly remerged and lowered his own benchmark, becoming the first man into the sixes with a 1m06.785s on 15 minutes.

With a little under 10 minutes to go Anton De Pasquale made it an Erebus one-two, moving into second with a 1m06.966s.

The green tyre runs started with three minutes to go, the likes of Scott Pye and Simona de Silvestro quickly moving into the top three.

Mostert then went fastest a minute from the end with a 1m06.721s, putting a Mustang on top for the first time all session with a second fresh tyre run.

"These practices are hard to read as to where you exactly are," said the Tickford driver.

"We've got some work to do on the car. We got a read on the balance, we struggled a bit out there. But overall it wasn't a bad hit-out.

"I think the same guys will still be the guys to beat. We've got a bit of work to do."

Reynolds ended up second, as a late improvement from Shane van Gisbergen left the Red Bull Holden driver in third.

Lee Holdsworth was another late improver to slot into fourth, as Pye and de Silvestro were shuffled back to fifth and six respectively.

De Pasquale ended up back in seventh, followed by Will Davison, Todd Hazelwood and Cam Waters.

Scott McLaughlin finished down in 11th, after initially focussing on race runs and then going too deep into Turn 1 late in the session.

“We did a race run and I unfortunately had a lock-up into Turn 1 there,” he said.

“It was pretty big and the flat spot was pretty big.

“We made a little change in the front that will probably affect my braking. So we’ll go back there and find it a different way.”

Jamie Whincup was just 12th, while a minor throttle issue left Fabian Coulthard way down in 16th.

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 55 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1'06.7219  
2 9 Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.7859 0.0640
3 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.8163 0.0944
4 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1'06.8303 0.1084
5 2 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.8551 0.1332
6 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima 1'06.8688 0.1469
7 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.9123 0.1904
8 23 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1'06.9132 0.1913
9 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.9726 0.2507
10 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'07.0468 0.3249
11 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1'07.0762 0.3543
12 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.1005 0.3786
13 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.1638 0.4419
14 14 Australia Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.1913 0.4694
15 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.2851 0.5632
16 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1'07.3129 0.5910
17 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1'07.4277 0.7058
18 34 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.4399 0.7180
19 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.4469 0.7250
20 21 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.6075 0.8856
21 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1'07.6613 0.9394
22 22 Australia James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.6746 0.9527
23 33 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.8772 1.1553
24 3 Australia Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1'08.2141 1.4922
25 4 United States Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1'08.7469 2.0250
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