Dumbrell takes the lead in third V8 practice

Triple Eight’s Paul Dumbrell set the pace in the third V8 Supercars practice session on the streets of the Gold Coast, despite his session being cut short by a vibration issue.

Dumbrell was the odd one out in the 30-minute session, setting his best time on just his fourth lap with a 1m11.268s. He then completed just six more laps before parking the #1 Commodore for the remainder of the session to allow the team to work on a vibration issue.

“To get it right for Jamie’s session later this afternoon, we pulled up stumps for me,” he explained.

“To make sure we can change a few things in the car we had to stop it early.

“The car is really good, good on hard and on soft tyres, so hopefully J-Dub agrees and puts a few fast laps in this afternoon.”

Steve Owen was second fastest, having switched to the soft tyre late in the session. The Prodrive driver, who has the responsibility of sharing with points leader Mark Winterbottom, put in a two-lap stint at the end on the softs, but still fell 0.09s short of Dumbrell’s time.

The majority of the quicker times came late in the session as drivers switched to the soft Dunlops, with Marcos Ambrose jumping to P3 right at the flag, ahead of Jack Perkins, Jono Webb, and Russell Ingall.

Alex Premat was seventh fastest in the Volvo, while Oliver Gavin – who crashed the LD Motorsport Commodore in FP2 – responded well to go eighth fastest ahead of Bathurst winner Steven Richards.

 Pos   Driver   Car   Time   Gap
Paul Dumbrell Holden 1:11.2680  
Steve Owen Ford 1:11.3603 0.0923
Marcos Ambrose Ford 1:11.4231 0.1551
Jack Perkins Holden 1:11.6727 0.4047
Jonathon Webb Holden 1:11.8754 0.6074
Russell Ingall Ford 1:12.1151 0.8471
Alexandre Prémat Volvo 1:12.1266 0.8586
Oliver Gavin Holden 1:12.2301 0.9621
Steven Richards Holden 1:12.2699 1.0019
10  Tony D'Alberto Holden 1:12.3885 1.1205
11  Alex Buncombe Nissan 1:12.4243 1.1563
12  Warren Luff Holden 1:12.4681 1.2001
13  Luke Youlden Holden 1:12.5897 1.3217
14  Dean Canto Ford 1:12.6018 1.3338
15  Karl Reindler Holden 1:12.6239 1.3559
16  Chris Pither Volvo 1:12.6431 1.3751
17  Alex Davison Mercedes 1:12.6887 1.4207
18  David Russell Nissan 1:12.6997 1.4317
19  Dean Fiore Nissan 1:12.7183 1.4503
20  Taz Douglas Nissan 1:12.7868 1.5188
21  S.Bourdais Holden 1:12.9691 1.7011
22  Macauley Jones Holden 1:13.1369 1.8689
23  Jack Le Brocq Mercedes 1:13.3301 2.0621
24  Andrew Jones Holden 1:13.4857 2.2177
25  Ant Pedersen Ford 1:13.7275 2.4595

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Series Supercars
Event Surfers Paradise
Track Streets of Surfers Paradise
Drivers Paul Dumbrell
Article type Practice report