Sandown 500: Whincup fastest in morning warm-up
Jamie Whincup led a trio of Triple Eight-built Holdens to top the final pre-race running ahead of the Sandown 500.
Teams spent most of the 20-minute hit-out focussing on driver changes and pitstop practice, in preparation for this afternoon's opening 500-kay enduro of the season.
There were still some signs of lap speed though, pre-race favourite Jamie Whincup going quickest with a 1m08.408s early in the session before handing over to co-driver Paul Dumbrell.
The sister Triple Eight cars were quick as well, the trio occupying the top three spots for much of the session thanks to Steve Richards in the #888 and Shane van Gisbergen in the #97.
Tekno driver Jack Le Brocq made it four Triple Eight-built cars in the top four with a 1m08.797s with five minutes to go, only for Scott McLaughlin to spoil the T8 party with a 1m08.833s to slot into fourth ahead of van Gisbergen a couple of minutes later.
While still four-tenths off Whincup, McLaughlin was at least pleased with how the car worked on full tanks.
"That was a lot better, on full tanks it feels good across the run," said the Kiwi, who along with co-driver Alex Premat will start today's race from third.
"It was a shorter run than we’ll do, but we’ve made some good improvements.
“We’ve tried all weekend to be amongst [the Holdens] down the chute, but obviously they’re pretty quick in a straightline. We’ve tried to combat that while having a good car in the corners.
“We’ll see how we go today.”
Chaz Mostert was best of the Tickford Fords in sixth, followed by James Courtney and Will Davison.
A pair of Brad Jones Racing Holdens rounded out the Top 10, Nick Percat ninth quickest followed by Tim Blanchard.
|1||1|| Jamie Whincup |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.4080|
|2||888|| Steven Richards |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.7958||0.3878|
|3||19|| Jonathon Webb |
Jack Le Brocq
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.7976||0.3896|
|4||17|| Alexandre Prémat |
|Ford Falcon FG X||1'08.8335||0.4255|
|5||97|| Earl Bamber |
Shane van Gisbergen
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.8510||0.4430|
|6||55|| Chaz Mostert |
|Ford Falcon FG X||1'08.8584||0.4504|
|7||25|| James Courtney |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.8807||0.4727|
|8||230|| Alex Davison |
|Ford Falcon FG X||1'08.9668||0.5588|
|9||8|| Nick Percat |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.0167||0.6087|
|10||21|| Dale Wood |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.0534||0.6454|
|11||9|| David Reynolds |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.0895||0.6815|
|12||23|| Michael Caruso |
|13||33|| Garth Tander |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.1099||0.7019|
|14||18|| Lee Holdsworth |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.1281||0.7201|
|15||2|| Warren Luff |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.1440||0.7360|
|16||12|| Tony D'Alberto |
|Ford Falcon FG X||1'09.1680||0.7600|
|17||5|| Mark Winterbottom |
|Ford Falcon FG X||1'09.2212||0.8132|
|18||6|| David Russell |
|Ford Falcon FG X||1'09.2975||0.8895|
|19||34|| James Golding |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.3316||0.9236|
|20||14|| Tim Slade |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.4559||1.0479|
|21||78|| Simona de Silvestro |
|22||15|| Rick Kelly |
|23||99|| Will Brown |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.5588||1.1508|
|24||56|| Richie Stanaway |
|Ford Falcon FG X||1'09.5779||1.1699|
|25||7|| Andre Heimgartner |
|26||35|| Bryce Fullwood |
|Ford Falcon FG X||1'09.7138||1.3058|
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