Three Holdens top all three practice sessions at Sandown

Craig Lowndes has completed a dominant day of practice for Holden drivers at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, topping Friday’s third and final session.

Lowndes’ time marked the second-best of the day, only slower than the record lap that put David Reynolds quickest in Practice 2.

The five-time Sandown 500 winner said he’s enjoyed his first full campaign as a co-driver alongside Jamie Whincup.

“I just love the driving – you never lose that side of it,” Lowndes said.

“I remember talking to Skaife and Brock and everyone, you never lose that desire of driving – it’s all the other stuff that goes on, the fitness and all that just takes up and consumes most of your life – the driving part is the easiest part.”

Practice 1 leader Garth Tander was fourth in Shane van Gisbergen’s Commodore, ahead of Jack Perkins for Walkinshaw Andretti United.

Earlier today, last year’s pole position winner at Sandown, Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds was the quickest of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers in P2.

Drivers will have one more practice session tomorrow morning at 10:40am before qualifying and the two sprint races which will decide the grid for Sunday’s Penrite Oil Sandown 500.

SUPERCARS ON TRACK TIMES THIS WEEKEND (ALL LOCAL TIME):

SATURDAY

  • 10:40am – 11:10am – Practice Four
  • 12:25pm – 12:45pm – ARMOR ALL Qualifying – Race 28
  • 2:25pm – 2:55pm – Race 28 – Penrite Oil Sandown 500
  • 5:20pm – 5:50pm – Race 29 – Penrite Oil Sandown 500

SUNDAY

  • 10:20am – 10:40am – Warm Up
  • 1:25pm – 4:45pm – Race 30 – Penrite Oil Sandown 500