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Albert Park Supercars: Mostert tops opening practice by 0.4s

Albert Park Supercars: Mostert tops opening practice by 0.4s
Mar 14, 2019, 2:43 AM

Chaz Mostert ended the opening Supercars practice session at Albert Park a whopping four-tenths clear of the field.

Jamie Whincup, Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin all traded fastest times in the opening few minutes of the session, before reigning champion McLaughlin put some air between himself and the rest of the pack with a 1m56.654s six minutes in.

The quick times book-ended the half-hour session, the next change at the top coming with two minutes to go thanks to Whincup's 1m56.082s.

But the hammer blow came from Mostert with a minute to go, the Tickford Mustang driver going 0.4s clear thanks to a 1m55.574s.

"The session was pretty tough for us, we had a lot of comms issues so couldn't really hear what [engineer] Adam [De Borre] was saying and couldn't relay what I needed back from the car," said Mostert.

"Putting a green tyre on at the end, it really showed some pace from the car. But there's still a bit of tuning up to do. Qualifying car was pretty good, which is nice in Practice 1, but no doubt there will be a lot of quick guys coming for us in the next one."

Anton De Pasquale ended up second, setting his 1m56.004s at almost the same time that Mostert went fastest.

Whincup dropped back to third, followed by Mark Winterbottom and Lee Holdsworth.

Walkinshaw pair James Courtney and Scott Pye were sixth and seventh, as McLaughlin slipped back to eighth.

Cam Waters was ninth, with Simona de Silvestro leading the way for Nissan in 10th.

David Reynolds was just 16th after opting to not run green tyres, while Shane van Gisbergen was just 22nd quickest thanks to a vibrating front splitter.

"It was a bit of a shame, we had a bad splitter vibration,” he said.

“We pitted, tried about four times to fix it, there’s no point trying to push on and do more damage to the rest of the car.

“We’ll spend some time now to get it fixed, but it was a shame to lose the session.

“We’ll see what we can learn from [Whincup's crew] and start the next one with their set-up I guess. It’s a shame, but it is what it is.”

# Driver Car Time Gap
55 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1'55.5742  
99 Australia Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1'56.0041 0.4299
88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1'56.0824 0.5082
18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1'56.2048 0.6306
5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1'56.2094 0.6352
22 Australia James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1'56.4836 0.9094
2 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1'56.5851 1.0109
17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1'56.6542 1.0800
6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'56.6584 1.0842
78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima L33 1'56.6979 1.1237
33 New Zealand Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 1'56.7970 1.2228
23 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1'57.0883 1.5141
8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1'57.1286 1.5544
12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1'57.1491 1.5749
7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima L33 1'57.2580 1.6838
9 Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1'57.2938 1.7196
15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima L33 1'57.3008 1.7266
3 Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima L33 1'57.3819 1.8077
14 Australia Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1'57.5438 1.9696
35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'57.5550 1.9808
34 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1'57.5571 1.9829
97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1'58.2981 2.7239
21 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'58.6975 3.1233
19 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1'59.7617 4.1875
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Author Andrew van Leeuwen