Newcastle Supercars: Holdsworth leads opening practice
Lee Holdsworth topped the opening practice session on the streets of Newcastle, as Shane van Gisbergen ended up well clear of Supercars title rival Scott McLaughlin.
It was David Reynolds that set the early pace, leading the way at the 10-minute mark thanks to his 1m11.739s.
It took another 10 minutes for the next change, McLaughlin going quickest with a 1m11.622s, as Jamie Whincup slotted into second with a 1m11.729s.
Holdsworth, who had sat second behind Reynolds earlier in the session, then jumped to the top right at the half-way point with a 1m11.600s.
Reynolds returned to the top eight minutes later with a 1m11.526s, only for Holdsworth to hit back immediately with a 1m11.423s.
But that time didn't last long either, Shane van Gisbergen, who had moved into the top three, going quickest with a 1m11.313s.
The finally flurry of activity at the top of the times came inside the final two minutes, sparked by Reynolds making his third appearance in top spot with a 1m11.143s. He was quickly replaced by van Gisbergen's 1m10.883s, before Holdsworth – currently on the market for 2019 – landed the knock-out blow with a 1m10.820s.
“With where everything is at the moment, I need to show what I can do,” said Holdsworth
"I haven’t had the opportunity all year, but finally we’ve rolled out something that’s quite a decent car.
"I’ve got confidence to push this thing, run right up to the walls and things like that. I just love these street circuits and this track, it’s awesome.
"I’m having fun but I’ve got a lot on the mind as well."
Van Gisbergen and Reynolds finished the session second and third respectively, followed by Chaz Mostert and Craig Lowndes.
Walkinshaw pair Scott Pye and James Courtney were sixth and seventh, as Nissan trio Michael Caruso, Andre Heimgartner and Simona de Silvestro rounded out the Top 10.
As for the title battle, van Gisbergen's second spot left him well clear of rival McLaughlin. The DJR Team Penske driver ended up way down in 15th, one spot behind teammate Fabian Coulthard.
|1||18||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.8203|
|2||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.8833||0.0630|
|3||9||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.0632||0.2429|
|4||55||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG X||1'11.3006||0.4803|
|5||888||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.3321||0.5118|
|6||2||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.3852||0.5649|
|7||25||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.3903||0.5700|
|8||23||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1'11.4125||0.5922|
|9||7||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||1'11.4139||0.5936|
|10||78||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1'11.4275||0.6072|
|11||6||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG X||1'11.4381||0.6178|
|12||19||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.4487||0.6284|
|13||230||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG X||1'11.5115||0.6912|
|14||12||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG X||1'11.5520||0.7317|
|15||17||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG X||1'11.5647||0.7444|
|16||1||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.5788||0.7585|
|17||8||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.6312||0.8109|
|18||35||Todd Hazelwood||Ford Falcon FG X||1'11.6339||0.8136|
|19||15||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1'11.7519||0.9316|
|20||56||Richie Stanaway||Ford Falcon FG X||1'11.7672||0.9469|
|21||14||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.7701||0.9498|
|22||33||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.8230||1.0027|
|23||34||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.8753||1.0550|
|24||5||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG X||1'11.9136||1.0933|
|25||99||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1'12.0663||1.2460|
|26||21||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore ZB||1'12.0726||1.2523|
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