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Tailem Bend Supercars: Tim Slade leads opening practice session

Tim Slade led the way in the opening practice session at The Bend Motorsport Park circuit at Tailem Bend.

Tailem Bend Supercars: Tim Slade leads opening practice session

The 45-minute session presented the first opportunity of the weekend for teams to get familiar with the new circuit.

Shane van Gisbergen was the first to set the benchmark time at a 1:54.70, but it was soon bettered by rookie Anton De Pasquale, who lapped the course in 1:52.80 seconds.

The fast time continued to be lowered as time clicked away with Rick Kelly the first driver to break into the 1:51 second bracket. 

In the closing minutes, as expected, the times really picked up with Tim Slade ultimately ending up at the top of the board with a lap of 1:50.1395 seconds, over four seconds quicker than the initial fast lap set by SVG. Michael Caruso clocked in second after a late flyer, two tenths adrift of Slade's benchmark.

Tim Blanchard, Van Gisbergen and David Reynolds rounded out the top-five.

Championship leader Scott McLaughlin ended up 18th on the time sheets at a 1:51.9486.

As for incidents, there were several off-track excursions, including Nick Percat who went off course twice before being plagued by potential gearbox issues. Richie Stanaway went for a ride as well, spinning at Turn 10.

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 14 AustraliaTim Slade  Holden Commodore ZB 17 1'50.1395     161.794
2 23 Australia Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 14 1'50.3344 0.1949 0.1949 161.509
3 21 Australia Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'50.4539 0.3144 0.1195 161.334
4 97 New ZealandShane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'50.6727 0.5332 0.2188 161.015
5 9 AustraliaDavid Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 12 1'51.0510 0.9115 0.3783 160.466
6 99 Australia Anton de Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 13 1'51.0955 0.9560 0.0445 160.402
7 15 AustraliaRick Kelly Nissan Altima 15 1'51.2021 1.0626 0.1066 160.248
8 33 AustraliaGarth Tander Holden Commodore ZB 13 1'51.2205 1.0810 0.0184 160.222
9 55 Australia Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG X 14 1'51.2892 1.1497 0.0687 160.123
10 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG X 17 1'51.3443 1.2048 0.0551 160.044
11 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner  Nissan Altima 17 1'51.3479 1.2084 0.0036 160.038
12 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG X 14 1'51.3839 1.2444 0.0360 159.987
13 6 Australia Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG X 15 1'51.7612 1.6217 0.3773 159.447
14 230 Australia Will Davison  Ford Falcon FG X 17 1'51.8109 1.6714 0.0497 159.376
15 888 Australia Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore ZB 15 1'51.8501 1.7106 0.0392 159.320
16 56 New Zealand Richie Stanaway  Ford Falcon FG X 13 1'51.8895 1.7500 0.0394 159.264
17 1 AustraliaJamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 18 1'51.8922 1.7527 0.0027 159.260
18 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG X 16 1'51.9486 1.8091 0.0564 159.180
19 25 Australia James Courtney  Holden Commodore ZB 11 1'52.0032 1.8637 0.0546 159.102
20 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 16 1'52.0041 1.8646 0.0009 159.101
21 4 Australia Macauley Jones  Holden Commodore ZB 13 1'52.1787 2.0392 0.1746 158.853
22 34 Australia James Golding  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'52.2488 2.1093 0.0701 158.754
23 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood  Ford Falcon FG X 12 1'52.7063 2.5668 0.4575 158.110
24 18 Australia Jason Bright  Holden Commodore ZB 17 1'52.7254 2.5859 0.0191 158.083
25 42 Australia Kurt Kostecki  Holden Commodore ZB 15 1'52.7475 2.6080 0.0221 158.052
26 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq  Holden Commodore ZB 15 1'52.8152 2.6757 0.0677 157.957
27 2 Australia Scott Pye  Holden Commodore ZB 14 1'53.0483 2.9088 0.2331 157.631
28 8 Australia Nick Percat  Holden Commodore ZB 10 1'53.3776 3.2381 0.3293 157.173
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