Gold Coast 600: Whincup breaks practice lap record

Gold Coast 600: Whincup breaks practice lap record
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Oct 20, 2017, 7:51 AM

Jamie Whincup topped the final Friday practice session on the Gold Coast with a lap record-breaking 1m09.917s.

The 30-minute session boiled down to a six-minute sprint right at the death, following a late red flag called after James Moffat hit the Turn 11 wall.

To that point Fabian Coulthard had been quickest with a 1m10.533s – but that time didn’t last long when the session went green.

It was Reynolds who went fastest first with a 1m10.330s, before Whincup blasted his way to the top with a 1m09.917s. It was the first time ever under the 1m10s mark, lowering Reynolds’ existing unofficial lap record of 1m10.048s.

“The car is good,” said the Triple Eight driver.

“It feels comfortable to drive, and we pushed hard there on good tyres and extracted the most out of it. I like this place, so it’s good to go quick.”

Chaz Mostert wound up second quickest, making up 11 spots on his final run with a 1m10.103s. Reynolds dropped back to third, ahead of Scott McLaughlin, who also improved on his final run.

Shane van Gisbergen did likewise to go fifth quickest, while Coulthard dropped back to sixth with that time he set right before Moffat went into the wall.

Mark Winterbottom was seventh quickest, ahead of teammate Cam Waters and Nissan driver Todd Kelly.

Craig Lowndes rounded out the Top 10.

For Moffat, his crash was a continuation of a poor run of luck. His Bathurst charge ended in a pair of crashes a little under a fortnight ago, the second of which was bad enough to require a chassis switch for the Gold Coast.

The replacement chassis, usually co-driver Richard Muscat’s Super2 car, will now need to be fixed as well after ending up in the tyre wall on the outside of Turn 11.

“I was probably pushing too hard and made a mistake,” said Moffat. “Silly. I don’t know how the car will be. It got the tyres, which hopeful will mean it’s not too bad. But it was quite a head-on impact. I shouldn’t be doing stuff like that, it’s just dumb.”

1 88 australia  Jamie Whincup 
australia  Paul Dumbrell 
Holden Commodore VF 1'09.9179  
2 55 australia  Steven Owen 
australia  Chaz Mostert 
Ford Falcon FG-X 1'10.1037 0.1858
3 9 australia  David Reynolds 
Luke Youlden 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.3301 0.4122
4 17 france  Alexandre Prémat 
new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin 
Ford Falcon FG-X 1'10.3536 0.4357
5 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen 
australia  Matt Campbell 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.3588 0.4409
6 12 Tony D'Alberto 
new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard 
Ford Falcon FG/X 1'10.5337 0.6158
7 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom 
australia  Dean Canto 
Ford Falcon FG-X 1'10.5554 0.6375
8 6 new_zealand  Richie Stanaway 
australia  Cameron Waters 
Ford Falcon FG-X 1'10.5676 0.6497
9 7 australia  Todd Kelly 
australia  Jack Le Brocq 
Nissan Altima 1'10.6728 0.7549
10 888 new_zealand  Steven Richards 
australia  Craig Lowndes 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.6817 0.7638
11 22 australia  James Courtney 
australia  Jack Perkins 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.6836 0.7657
12 8 australia  Nick Percat 
australia  Macauley Jones 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.7624 0.8445
13 2 australia  Warren Luff 
australia  Scott Pye 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.7708 0.8529
14 14 australia  Tim Slade 
new_zealand  Andre Heimgartner 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.7817 0.8638
15 19 Jonathon Webb 
australia  Will Davison 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.9151 0.9972
16 23 australia  Michael Caruso 
australia  Dean Fiore 
Nissan Altima 1'10.9460 1.0281
17 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth 
australia  Karl Reindler 
Holden Commodore VF 1'10.9650 1.0471
18 15 australia  Rick Kelly 
australia  David Wall 
Nissan Altima 1'11.0075 1.0896
19 34 australia  James Moffat 
australia  Richard Muscat 
Holden Commodore VF 1'11.1074 1.1895
20 33 australia  Garth Tander 
australia  James Golding 
Holden Commodore VF 1'11.2205 1.3026
21 3 australia  Aaren Russell 
australia  Taz Douglas 
Holden Commodore VF 1'11.4495 1.5316
22 56 australia  Jason Bright 
australia  Garry Jacobson 
Ford Falcon FG-X 1'11.4860 1.5681
23 99 australia  Dale Wood 
new_zealand  Chris Pither 
Holden Commodore VF 1'11.5324 1.6145
24 21 australia  Tim Blanchard 
australia  Todd Hazelwood 
Holden Commodore VF 1'11.6767 1.7588
25 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro 
australia  David Russell 
Nissan Altima 1'11.8944 1.9765
26 62 australia  Alex Davison 
australia  Alex Rullo 
Holden Commodore VF 1'12.5076 2.5897
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