Sandown 500: Lowndes ends Friday on top
Craig Lowndes set the co-driver pace to round out Friday practice for the Sandown 500.
The Red Bull Holden driver spent much of the half-hour session sitting behind teammate Garth Tander, before a rapid two-lap stint on a better set of roaded Dunlops at the end.
The first of those was a 1m07.916s, good enough to put him top, before he improved to a 1m07.835s next time around.
“We got told a rain shower was coming, so we were all hustling at the start to get some laps in,” said Lowndes.
“We made the car better over that session, there’s no doubt about that. And that’s always what I’ve loved to do, develop a car.
“We went up on springs, down on springs, we played with shocks, we did everything.
“We got a bit of a balance we wanted, put a set of tyres on that Jamie had previously run. It took three laps though to get the tyre pressures and the balance right, but we were hustling it.”
Penske driver D'Alberto was just 0.06s shy of Lowndes, with Kelly Racing's Wood within a tenth of the ultimate pace as well.
|1||888|| Jamie Whincup |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'07.835|
|2||12|| Fabian Coulthard |
|Ford Mustang GT||1'07.895||0.060|
|3||15|| Rick Kelly |
|4||97|| Shane van Gisbergen |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'07.953||0.118|
|5||22|| James Courtney |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'07.979||0.143|
|6||14|| Tim Slade |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.028||0.193|
|7||99|| Anton De Pasquale |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.029||0.194|
|8||55|| Chaz Mostert |
|Ford Mustang GT||1'08.048||0.212|
|9||17|| Scott McLaughlin |
|Ford Mustang GT||1'08.075||0.239|
|10||5|| Lee Holdsworth |
|Ford Mustang GT||1'08.131||0.295|
|11||6|| Cameron Waters |
|Ford Mustang GT||1'08.166||0.330|
|12||2|| Scott Pye |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.238||0.403|
|13||7|| Andre Heimgartner |
|14||9|| David Reynolds |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.268||0.432|
|15||23|| Will Davison |
|Ford Mustang GT||1'08.321||0.485|
|16||34|| James Golding |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.415||0.580|
|17||18|| Mark Winterbottom |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.440||0.605|
|18||33|| Richie Stanaway |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.458||0.622|
|19||3|| Garry Jacobson |
|20||35|| Todd Hazelwood |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.601||0.765|
|21||8|| Nick Percat |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.613||0.778|
|22||56|| Brodie Kostecki |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.714||0.878|
|23||21|| Macauley Jones |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.820||0.984|
|24||19|| Jack Le Brocq |
|Holden Commodore ZB||1'08.845||1.009|
|25||78|| Simona de Silvestro |
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