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Townsville Supercars: Holdsworth tops second practice

Townsville Supercars: Holdsworth tops second practice

Tickford Mustang driver Lee Holdsworth topped the second Friday practice session in Townsville.

After a wet opening hit-out this morning, crews were treated to dry conditions for the second 30-minute practice.

Times were immediately 10s quicker than the opening season, Fabian Coulthard leading the way early with a 1m13.171s.

On the 12-minute mark Coulthard was bumped off top spot by fellow Mustang driver Will Davison, who moved five-hundredths clear 1m13.117s.

With 10 minutes to go Scott McLaughlin made his first appearance at the top of the times, going quickest with a 1m12.937s.

He was promptly replaced by Holdsworth (1m12.765s), before McLaughlin struck back with a minute to go with a 1m12.697s.

It was Holdsworth that had the last laugh, however, the Tickford driver grabbing top spot with a 1m12.677s at the flag.

“I love this track, I’ve always enjoyed it around here,” said Holdsworth.

“The Bottle-O car is really hooked up. We obviously didn’t get much of a chance to tune it today, but we’ve rolled out of the box with a pretty quick beast. 

“Let’s hope we’re in the same position tomorrow after qualifying.”

Triple Eight's Shane van Gisbergen popped up in second on his final run, just 0.01s behind Holdsworth, while McLaughlin was shuffled back to third.

David Reynolds was fourth after sitting out Practice 1 this morning, followed by P1 pacesetter Cam Waters and Anton De Pasquale.

Mark Winterbottom was seventh fastest, with Coulthard, Scott Pye and Tim Slade rounding out the Top 10.

Chaz Mostert was just 14th quickest, his Tickford Mustang struggling with an engine problem for much of the session.

"It was a waste of a day for us," he said.

"We had some issues with the car which really hampered our running.

"We couldn’t do the test plan that we wanted to. In the end we changed a bunch of things and something fixed it.

"The car was running okay at the end there, but lost track time really hurts us this weekend."

Townsville specialist Jamie Whincup, meanwhile, was just 16th, missing out on starting a green tyre run at the end.

“I would have missed the finish line by half a second I reckon, but that’s the way it goes,” said the seven-time champ.

“But overall we had a good session. We tried some radical things to try and improve the car speed.

“I don’t know if they’re better or not, we’re going to have to look at the data a little bit more."

Second practice results:

Cla Driver Car Time Gap
1 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Ford Mustang GT 1'12.6772
2 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.6904 0.0132
3 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Ford Mustang GT 1'12.6974 0.0202
4 Australia David Reynolds
Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.7545 0.0773
5 Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Mustang GT 1'12.8590 0.1818
6 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.8967 0.2195
7 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.9118 0.2346
8 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Ford Mustang GT 1'13.0246 0.3474
9 Australia Scott Pye
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.0300 0.3528
10 Australia Tim Slade
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.0537 0.3765
11 Australia Will Davison
Ford Mustang GT 1'13.1170 0.4398
12 Australia James Courtney
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.1853 0.5081
13 Australia Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima 1'13.1855 0.5083
14 Australia Chaz Mostert
Ford Mustang GT 1'13.2353 0.5581
15 Australia Nick Percat
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.2418 0.5646
16 Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.2856 0.6084
17 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Nissan Altima 1'13.3514 0.6742
18 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.4554 0.7782
19 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.4659 0.7887
20 Australia Garry Jacobson
Nissan Altima 1'13.8821 1.2049
21 Australia Michael Caruso
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.8963 1.2191
22 Australia James Golding
Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.9189 1.2417
23 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
Nissan Altima 1'13.9365 1.2593
24 Australia Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore ZB 1'14.0927 1.4155
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Series Supercars
Event Townsville
Drivers Lee Holdsworth
Teams Tickford Racing
Author Andrew van Leeuwen