Jamie Whincup led a tightly contested Practice 2 session at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 to set the fastest time of the day on the street circuit.
The Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver lifted himself from eighth to first with a 1:10.3173s on his final flying lap of the session
Just 116 points separate the Red Bull Holden Racing Team and the DJR Team Penske squad in the Team’s Championship and Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen’s one-three in practice puts them in good sted to claw back some points in the final two races of the year, this weekend.
“My car didn’t feel that flash then on good tyres, but it’s clearly quick,” Whincup said.
“I think our drive is okay, we’re just struggling with a bit of turn.
“We’ll work on getting them to turn through that change of direction a little bit faster.
“If we can do that, I think we’ll improve for tomorrow.”
Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds also had a solid day of practice finishing second fastest in Practice 1 followed by P5 in the final practice session behind the wheel of his Commodore.
IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom grabbed a fifth and sixth respectively in his two practice sessions while Matt Stone Racing’s Todd Hazlewood also proved a strong contender with a fourth and ninth fastest times.
Several drivers overstepped the limits in the search for ultimate pace ahead of ARMOR ALL Qualifying at 10:50am Saturday.
- 10:50am – 11:10am – ARMOR ALL Qualifying – Race 31
- 1:15pm – 1:40pm – ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout
- 4:15pm – 6:15pm – Race 31 (95 laps)
- 11:20am – 11:40am – ARMOR ALL Qualifying – Race 32
- 1:20pm – 1:45pm – ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout
- 4:15pm – 6:15pm – Race 32 (95 laps)
Every practice, qualifying and race session of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is broadcast LIVE in high definition on Fox Sports and Kayo within Australia.
On free to air television within Australia, Network Ten will show both of this weekend’s races LIVE LIVE. Check local guide for details.
Within New Zealand SKY SPORTS covers the championship live in HD. Outside of Australia and New Zealand you can follow the action with the SuperView live streaming product. For the full TV Schedule for each state, head to supercars.com/tv-schedule.
Results: Practice 2
|1||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.3173|
|2||6||Monster Energy Racing Team||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:10.3230||0:00.0057|
|3||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.3779||0:00.0606|
|4||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:10.3839||0:00.0666|
|5||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.4237||0:00.1064|
|6||18||Irwin Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.4248||0:00.1075|
|7||22||Mobil 1 Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.4456||0:00.1283|
|8||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:10.4474||0:00.1301|
|9||35||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.5283||0:00.2110|
|10||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:10.5721||0:00.2548|
|11||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.5740||0:00.2567|
|12||8||Timken Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.6057||0:00.2884|
|13||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||1:10.6322||0:00.3149|
|14||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.6948||0:00.3775|
|15||7||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||1:10.7046||0:00.3873|
|16||33||Boost Mobile Racing||Richie Stanaway||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.7717||0:00.4544|
|17||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:10.8242||0:00.5069|
|18||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:10.8888||0:00.5715|
|19||3||RABBLE.club Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||1:10.9057||0:00.5884|
|20||21||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.9201||0:00.6028|
|21||2||Mobil 1 Racing||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore ZB||1:11.0686||0:00.7513|
|22||19||Truck Assist TEKNO Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1:11.1023||0:00.7850|
|23||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1:11.1023||0:00.7850|
|24||34||Boost Mobile Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1:11.4306||0:01.1133|