Whincup leads Sandown warm-up

Sandown 500 pole-sitter Jamie Whincup set the pace in this morning’s warm-up session, the final hit-out before this afternoon’s big race.

Whincup spent the first part of the 20-minute session in the #1 Commodore before handing over to co-driver Paul Dumbrell, his 1m08.928s set early on remaining unbeaten at the finish.

The Red Bull-backed car will start today’s race from pole position, after Dumbrell and Whincup both won their respective qualifying races yesterday.

Just like in qualifying, Mark Winterbottom was second in today’s warm-up. The Prodrive Racing jumped towards the top of the times later in the session, falling just 0.02s short of Whincup’s time.

Lee Holdsworth set the third fastest time before handing his #18 Commodore over to Sebastien Bourdais, while Shane van Gisbergen was fourth quickest in the Tekno car.

Scott McLaughlin was the best Volvo in fifth.

Erebus had its most promising session of the weekend so far with both cars in the Top 10, led by the Will Davison/Alex Davison car in seventh, while the Jack Perkins/Russell Ingall entry was the best of the Holden Racing Team cars in ninth.

The surprise of the session was the #6 Prodrive Falcon, Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters just 15th fastest.

The Dale Wood/Macauley Jones car was 25th and last, after sparking a red flag early in the session after getting bogged in the gravel.

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Series Supercars
Event Sandown
Track Sandown
Article type Practice report