Tailem Bend Supercars: Percat leads all in third practice

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Tailem Bend Supercars: Percat leads all in third practice
Nick DeGroot
By: Nick DeGroot
Aug 25, 2018, 2:07 AM

Nick Percat recovered from an eventful Friday at the track to post the fastest time of all in FP3.

Under blue skies, the third practice session of the weekend got underway from The Bend Motorsport Park on Satuday.

Jamie Whincup was the first to post a flying lap at 1:50.62 seconds, but Nick Percat was soon able to better the fast time to a 1:50.50. Whincup later found himself off in the grass at Turn 9, but he was able to carry on without further incident.

The majority of teams opted to make longer runs until the end of the 45-minute practice, but no driver ran more than a total of 15 laps.

The benchmark was lowered throughout the session with Percat reclaiming the top spot in the closing minutes, completing the course in 1:49.5892 seconds. Mark Winterbottom was second, Chaz Mostert third, Tim Blanchard fourth and Andre Heimgartner rounding out the top-five. 

As the checkered flag waved to end practice, James Courtney had a big off at Turn 9, but he was able to avoid sustaining any major damage.

Championship leader Scott McLaughlin had an eventful session, running off course and through the gravel. He would end the session 12th. His main title threat Shane van Gisbergen, who holds the fastest lap of the weekend (1:48.7499 seconds in FP2), clocked in sixth.

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 8 Australia Nick Percat  Holden Commodore ZB 13 1'49.5892     162.607
2 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG X 13 1'49.8140 0.2248 0.2248 162.274
3 55 Australia Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG X 15 1'49.8229 0.2337 0.0089 162.261
4 21 Australia Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'49.8925 0.3033 0.0696 162.158
5 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner  Nissan Altima 15 1'49.9753 0.3861 0.0828 162.036
6 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'49.9947 0.4055 0.0194 162.007
7 888 Australia Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore ZB 12 1'50.0355 0.4463 0.0408 161.947
8 14 Australia Tim Slade  Holden Commodore ZB 13 1'50.1738 0.5846 0.1383 161.744
9 1 Australia Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore ZB 13 1'50.3034 0.7142 0.1296 161.554
10 23 Australia Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 15 1'50.3258 0.7366 0.0224 161.521
11 34 Australia James Golding  Holden Commodore ZB 13 1'50.3403 0.7511 0.0145 161.500
12 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG X 13 1'50.3459 0.7567 0.0056 161.492
13 99 Anton de  Holden Commodore ZB 12 1'50.3748 0.7856 0.0289 161.449
14 2 Australia Scott Pye  Holden Commodore ZB 15 1'50.4296 0.8404 0.0548 161.369
15 9 Australia David Reynolds  Holden Commodore ZB 13 1'50.6007 1.0115 0.1711 161.120
16 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG X 12 1'50.7342 1.1450 0.1335 160.925
17 15 Australia Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 14 1'50.7524 1.1632 0.0182 160.899
18 230 Australia Will Davison  Ford Falcon FG X 12 1'50.8973 1.3081 0.1449 160.689
19 33 Australia Garth Tander  Holden Commodore ZB 15 1'50.9855 1.3963 0.0882 160.561
20 25 Australia James Courtney  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'51.0550 1.4658 0.0695 160.461
21 4 Australia Macauley Jones  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'51.0731 1.4839 0.0181 160.434
22 56 New Zealand Richie Stanaway  Ford Falcon FG X 12 1'51.3031 1.7139 0.2300 160.103
23 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 14 1'51.4145 1.8253 0.1114 159.943
24 6 Australia Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG X 13 1'51.6665 2.0773 0.2520 159.582
25 42 Australia Kurt Kostecki  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'51.9312 2.3420 0.2647 159.204
26 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'52.0859 2.4967 0.1547 158.985
27 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth 
Australia Jason Bright 
Holden Commodore ZB 12 1'52.5347 2.9455 0.4488 158.351
28 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood  Ford Falcon FG X 14 1'53.0588 3.4696 0.5241 157.617

 

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