Tasmania Supercars: Whincup tops first practice by 0.01s
Jamie Whincup shaded Chaz Mostert by 0.01s in the first open Supercars practice session at Symmons Plains.
In the first session since the pre-round parity changes, Red Bull Holden driver Whincup was a constant near the top of the time sheets.
He first went quickest inside the first 10 minutes with a 51.086s, before being displaced by teammate Shane van Gisbergen's 50.973s at the 15-minute mark.
Both Red Bull drivers improved as the final third of the session kicked off, Whincup briefly going quickest with a 50.957s before van Gisbergen hit back with a 50.854s.
In the closing seconds it looked as if they would both be trumped by Tickford driver Mostert, who put his Mustang on top with a 50.775s.
However Whincup had the last laugh, a 50.756s right on the flag leaving him on top.
“The car is okay, it’s reasonable, but it’s not as nice as we’d like," he said.
"We’ll do a bit of work between P1 and P2 to try and improve it."
“I think everyone has a bit of a step to be made. The track is quite quick, a couple of tenths off the practice tyres. I think on green tyres the record could be under threat.”
Mostert and van Gisbergen were next, with points leader Scott McLaughlin battling a problem with his shift lights on the way to fourth.
David Reynolds was fifth ahead of Mustang drivers Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison, followed by Scott Pye, and Fabian Coulthard, who made sure five of the six Mustangs were in the Top 10 with the ninth-best time.
Anton De Pasquale was 10th, Rick Kelly the best Nissan in 11th, while Cam Waters was the slowest Mustang in 12th.
|1||88||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||50.7564|
|2||55||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||50.7755||0.0191|
|3||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||50.8547||0.0983|
|4||17||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||50.9504||0.1940|
|5||9||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||51.0792||0.3228|
|6||5||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||51.1156||0.3592|
|7||23||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||51.1186||0.3622|
|8||2||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||51.1402||0.3838|
|9||12||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||51.1580||0.4016|
|10||99||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||51.1596||0.4032|
|11||15||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima L33||51.1737||0.4173|
|12||6||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||51.1878||0.4314|
|13||22||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||51.1933||0.4369|
|14||18||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||51.1988||0.4424|
|15||4||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||51.2710||0.5146|
|16||14||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||51.2799||0.5235|
|17||7||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima L33||51.2862||0.5298|
|18||8||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||51.3228||0.5664|
|19||35||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||51.3982||0.6418|
|20||33||Richie Stanaway||Holden Commodore ZB||51.4160||0.6596|
|21||34||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||51.4657||0.7093|
|22||21||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||51.6004||0.8440|
|23||3||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima L33||51.6678||0.9114|
|24||78||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima L33||51.7261||0.9697|
|25||19||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||51.8209||1.0645|
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