Phillip Island V8s: Reynolds tops final practice

Title contender David Reynolds set the pace in this morning’s crucial pre-qualifying practice session at Phillip Island.

The 15-minute shootout was the first bit of meaningful running in the dry following yesterday’s two rain-affected practice sessions, making it a crucial session ahead of today’s two qualifying sessions.

Points leader Mark Winterbottom was the first to strike, going fastest with a 1m31.086s on his first run.

But it was Reynolds who set the pace on the second run, a 1m30.866s leaving him top by just 0.037s over Triple Eight’s Jamie Whincup.

“We didn’t do much dry running yesterday, so most people had new tyres on then,” explained Reynolds.

“It was really good; it’s a small win for us, hopefully we can carry it through to qualifying.”

Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin was third fastest, his 1m30.926s coming as the flag fell. That knocked Winterbottom – who improved to a 1m30.990s on his second run – to fourth, ahead of Scott Pye and Fabian Coulthard.

Craig Lowndes, who is locked in a tense title battle with Reynolds and Winterbottom, was just 10th fastest – more than half a second down on the benchmark time.

Pos  Driver  Car  Time   Gap 
David Reynolds Ford 1'30.8661  
Jamie Whincup Holden 1'30.9032 0.0371
Scott McLaughlin Volvo 1'30.9264 0.0603
M.Winterbottom Ford 1'30.9900 0.1239
Scott Pye Ford 1'31.1530 0.2869
Fabian Coulthard Holden 1'31.1833 0.3172
James Courtney Holden 1'31.3409 0.4748
Garth Tander Holden 1'31.3553 0.4892
S.van Gisbergen Holden 1'31.3928 0.5267
10  Craig Lowndes Holden 1'31.4320 0.5659
11  Michael Caruso Nissan 1'31.4702 0.6041
12  James Moffat Nissan 1'31.4824 0.6163
13  Cameron Waters Ford 1'31.6150 0.7489
14  Lee Holdsworth Holden 1'31.7260 0.8599
15  Rick Kelly Nissan 1'31.7442 0.8781
16  Todd Kelly Nissan 1'31.7763 0.9102
17  Jason Bright Holden 1'31.7910 0.9249
18  Tim Slade Holden 1'31.9616 1.0955
19  Will Davison Mercedes 1'32.1772 1.3111
20  Tim Blanchard Holden 1'32.2346 1.3685
21  Dale Wood Holden 1'32.3853 1.5192
22  Dean Canto Mercedes 1'32.5243 1.6582
23  Chris Pither Ford 1'33.0015 2.1354
24  Paul Dumbrell Holden 1'33.1699 2.3038
25  David Wall Volvo 1'33.3597 2.4936

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Series Supercars
Event Phillip Island
Track Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Drivers David Reynolds
Article type Practice report