Gold Coast V8s: Moffat fastest in final pre-qualifying practice

James Moffat topped the fourth and final Friday practice session on the Gold Coast with a blistering late lap in the #99 Nissan.

Just a day after the announcement that he will leave the Nissan squad at the end of the season, Moffat brought his A-game to the final session of the day. Running on soft tyres, Moffat stormed to the top of the times with a 1m10.799s right at the flag.

That time was good enough to displace Shane van Gisbergen from top spot, the Kiwi having been the first man in to the 1m10s bracket when he went 1m10.878s, and then 1m10.872s, right after a mid-session red flag due to problems with kerbing at the first chicane.

Craig Lowndes was third fastest with a 1m11.060s, ahead of Michael Caruso, who capped off a good day for Nissan with a 1m11.073s.

David Reynolds spent much of the first session on top of the times, his 1m11.081s coming just five minutes in, and standing until the red flag intervention.

Scott McLaughlin led Volvo’s charge in sixth, ahead of Will Davison and James Courtney, who continues to impress on his return from injury.

Jamie Whincup, meanwhile, was just 24th fastest, and completed only 11 laps as the Triple Eight team continued to work through a vibration issue that traces back to his FP1 crash.

Pos   Driver   Car  Time   Gap 
James Moffat Nissan 1:10.7995  
S.van Gisbergen Holden 1:10.8727 0.0732
Craig Lowndes Holden 1:11.0603 0.2608
Michael Caruso Nissan 1:11.0731 0.2736
David Reynolds Ford 1:11.0814 0.2819
Scott McLaughlin Volvo 1:11.0976 0.2981
Will Davison Mercedes 1:11.1347 0.3352
James Courtney Holden 1:11.1819 0.3824
M.Winterbottom Ford 1:11.1938 0.3943
10  Scott Pye Ford 1:11.1996 0.4001
11  Garth Tander Holden 1:11.2330 0.4335
12  Jason Bright Holden 1:11.2513 0.4518
13  Rick Kelly Nissan 1:11.2650 0.4655
14  Fabian Coulthard Holden 1:11.2762 0.4767
15  Lee Holdsworth Holden 1:11.3490 0.5495
16  Nick Percat Holden 1:11.3761 0.5766
17  Dale Wood Holden 1:11.4673 0.6678
18  Todd Kelly Nissan 1:11.7200 0.9205
19  Tim Slade Holden 1:11.7487 0.9492
20  A.Heimgartner Ford 1:11.8097 1.0102
21  Cameron Waters Ford 1:11.8747 1.0752
22  Tim Blanchard Holden 1:11.9911 1.1916
23  David Wall Volvo 1:12.0454 1.2459
24  Jamie Whincup Holden 1:12.1884 1.3889
25  Ashley Walsh Mercedes 1:12.7396 1.9401


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Series Supercars
Event Surfers Paradise
Track Streets of Surfers Paradise
Drivers James Moffat
Article type Practice report