Mostert, Winterbottom top Tasmania practice sessions

The Pepsi Max duo pick up where they left off at the Australian Grand Prix.

Mostert, Winterbottom top Tasmania practice sessions
Lee Holdsworth, Walkinshaw Performance Holden
Tim Blanchard, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Lee Holdsworth, Walkinshaw Performance Holden
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Scott Pye, Team Penske Ford
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Scott McLaughlin, Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo
Andre Heimgartner, Super Black Racing Ford
James Courtney, Holden Racing Team
Tim Slade, Walkinshaw Racing Holden

With the today's double practice sessions for the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint coming to a close, the two familiar faces of Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom find themselves on the top of the order.

Although the conditions were far from ideal, the cold and wet weather did little to slow the Pepsi Max duo down who are fresh off of the clean sweep at the Australian Grand Prix.

With each practice session going for a full hour in length, this gave the teams ample amounts of time to ensure that their cars are set for the final practice session tomorrow which will be followed by a double round of qualifying proceeded by two sprint races.

Practice 1

With the rain coming down, Mostert posted the fastest time in the first practice session with a 1:02.277. He was followed closely by Erebus Motorsport driver, Will Davison, who is still licking his wounds after a horrendous start to his season at the Clipsal 500. Just behind Davison was Shane van Gisbergen with Jason Bright and Jamie Whincup completing the top-five.

Scott McLaughlin, David Reynolds, Winterbottom, Fabian Coulthard and Rick Kelly rounded out the top-ten.

Practice 2

Hours later, the second practice session began and there were several quick drivers who were keen on posting the top time. One such driver was Reynolds who momentarily held the top-spot before being shuffled down by Holden Racing Team (HRT) driver, Garth Tander. With only a few minutes remaining, it looked as if Tander was going to hold on.

However, with the weather improving, Winterbottom seemed to save his best for last as he posted a 0:51.399.

Although only .05s off the top time, Davison once again found himself in second followed by Red Bull Racing driver, Craig Lowndes. Tander was shuffled back to fourth as Coulthard posted a quick final lap which elevated him to the top-five.

Reynolds, van Gisbergen, James Courtney, Lee Holdsworth and Andre Heimgartner completed the top-ten.

Others of note were McLaughlin (12th), Whincup (16th), Scott Pye (20th) and Rick Kelly (21st).

First practice

 Pos  Driver   Car   Time  Gap   Laps 
Chaz Mostert Ford 1'02.2774   36
Will Davison Mercedes 1'02.2986 0.0212 30
S.van Gisbergen Holden 1'02.3909 0.1135 32
Jason Bright Holden 1'02.5786 0.3012 36
Jamie Whincup Holden 1'02.6061 0.3287 35
Scott McLaughlin Volvo 1'02.6635 0.3861 31
David Reynolds Ford 1'02.7145 0.4371 36
M.Winterbottom Ford 1'02.7267 0.4493 35
Fabian Coulthard Holden 1'02.7907 0.5133 39
10  Rick Kelly Nissan 1'02.9980 0.7206 36
11  Craig Lowndes Holden 1'03.1012 0.8238 32
12  Tim Blanchard Holden 1'03.1605 0.8831 30
13  Garth Tander Holden 1'03.2217 0.9443 31
14  Ashley Walsh Mercedes 1'03.2693 0.9919 26
15  Tim Slade Holden 1'03.2763 0.9989 43
16  Dale Wood Holden 1'03.3885 1.1111 24
17  James Moffat Nissan 1'03.4687 1.1913 30
18  Scott Pye Ford 1'03.4741 1.1967 30
19  A.Heimgartner Ford 1'03.4918 1.2144 42
20  Lee Holdsworth Holden 1'03.5114 1.2340 37
21  David Wall Volvo 1'03.5403 1.2629 35
22  Michael Caruso Nissan 1'03.6772 1.3998 16
23  Nick Percat Holden 1'03.8792 1.6018 19
24  James Courtney Holden 1'03.9057 1.6283 23
25  Todd Kelly Nissan 1'04.7629 2.4855 17

Second practice

 Cla   Driver   Car   Time  Gap   Laps 
M.Winterbottom Ford 51.3998   35
Will Davison Mercedes 51.4540 0.0542 42
Craig Lowndes Holden 51.5426 0.1428 39
Garth Tander Holden 51.5549 0.1551 43
Fabian Coulthard Holden 51.5624 0.1626 40
David Reynolds Ford 51.5862 0.1864 38
S.van Gisbergen Holden 51.6243 0.2245 53
James Courtney Holden 51.6980 0.2982 34
Lee Holdsworth Holden 51.7211 0.3213 46
10  A.Heimgartner Ford 51.7405 0.3407 38
11  Chaz Mostert Ford 51.7657 0.3659 24
12  Scott McLaughlin Volvo 51.7662 0.3664 35
13  Nick Percat Holden 51.8251 0.4253 37
14  Dale Wood Holden 51.9306 0.5308 39
15  David Wall Volvo 51.9963 0.5965 36
16  Jamie Whincup Holden 52.0800 0.6802 38
17  Jason Bright Holden 52.2470 0.8472 36
18  James Moffat Nissan 52.2797 0.8799 36
19  Tim Blanchard Holden 52.2836 0.8838 41
20  Scott Pye Ford 52.3181 0.9183 37
21  Rick Kelly Nissan 52.3490 0.9492 33
22  Todd Kelly Nissan 52.4169 1.0171 40
23  Tim Slade Holden 52.4676 1.0678 30
24  Ashley Walsh Mercedes 52.4731 1.0733 30
25  Michael Caruso Nissan 52.7979 1.3981 32
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