Perth Supercars: Tander sets early practice pace

Perth Supercars: Tander sets early practice pace
May 5, 2017, 5:10 AM

Garth Tander kicked off his home race weekend by topping the first Supercars practice session at Barbagallo Raceway.

The Garry Rogers Motorsport driver spent the majority of the session buried in the midfield, before bolting on a fresh set of supersoft Dunlops with a couple of minutes to go for a final run. The West Australian pieced together a 55.645s, good enough to give him top spot.

“I had a feeling our car would be better here than it was at Phillip Island,” said Tander.

“It was a really productive session. It’s hard to know where you are in the middle of the session, because the tyre falls away so quickly, and then you put a fresh tyre on at the end and it’s like you’ve won lotto.”

Jamie Whincup slotted into second spot in the Triple Eight Commodore, having fired to the top with a 55.694s a little over 15 minutes from the end of the session. He couldn’t improve on his final run, though, which left him trailing Tander at the finish.

James Moffat capped off a great session for the GRM squad, making his own big improvement right a the flag to end up third fastest with a 55.817s.

James Courtney and Rick Kelly were fourth and fifth, both having hung around near the top throughout the 45-minute session, while points leader Fabian Coulthard finished down in sixth having been the first under the 56s barrier with a 55.908s.

Dale Wood finished the session seventh, two spots ahead of Erebus teammate David Reynolds with Craig Lowndes splitting the pair.

Tim Slade rounded out the Top 10, knocking Shane van Gisbergen down to 11th with a late improvement.

Surprisingly there were no Prodrive Fords in the Top 10, Mark Winterbottom best of the Falcons down in 15th, one spot clear of Chaz Mostert.

Scott McLaughlin was surprisingly off the pace as well, ending up down in 20th. He also had a run-in with Nick Percat and Scott Pye, who confronted the Kiwi after feeling they’d been held up late in the session.

“I think Nick and Scott Pye have got some sort of issue, but I was on a race run,” explained McLaughlin.

“In practice you just try and do your own session. I was trying to do my best not to stuff too many people up, but I also want to get a good programme for myself. If it was qualifying obviously I’d get out of the way. It was animated from their side, I was pretty cruisey. It is what it is.”

Debutant Matt Brabham managed to avoid finishing his first session at the back of the field, the shock LD Motorsport signing edging Simona de Silvestro in the Nissan.

1 33 australia  Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VF 55.6459  
2 88 australia  Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VF 55.6940 0.0481
3 34 australia  James Moffat  Holden Commodore VF 55.8176 0.1717
4 22 australia  James Courtney  Holden Commodore VF 55.8361 0.1902
5 15 australia  Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 55.8775 0.2316
6 12 new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG-X 55.9082 0.2623
7 99 australia  Dale Wood  Holden Commodore VF 56.0063 0.3604
8 888 australia  Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore VF 56.0391 0.3932
9 9 australia  David Reynolds  Holden Commodore VF 56.1177 0.4718
10 14 australia  Tim Slade  Holden Commodore VF 56.1697 0.5238
11 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore VF 56.3042 0.6583
12 19 australia  Will Davison  Holden Commodore VF 56.4748 0.8289
13 8 australia  Nick Percat  Holden Commodore VF 56.5395 0.8936
14 7 australia  Todd Kelly  Nissan Altima 56.5432 0.8973
15 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG-X 56.5749 0.9290
16 55 australia  Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG-X 56.6267 0.9808
17 21 australia  Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore VF 56.6466 1.0007
18 2 australia  Scott Pye  Holden Commodore VF 56.6727 1.0268
19 6 australia  Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG-X 56.7918 1.1459
20 17 new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG-X 56.8673 1.2214
21 56 australia  Jason Bright  Ford Falcon FG-X 56.8836 1.2377
22 62 australia  Alex Rullo  Holden Commodore VF 56.9392 1.2933
23 23 australia  Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 57.0605 1.4146
24 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth  Holden Commodore VF 57.2435 1.5976
25 3 australia  Matt Brabham  Holden Commodore VF 57.4584 1.8125
26 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 57.6403 1.9944
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Series Supercars
Event Perth
Location Barbagallo Raceway
Author Andrew van Leeuwen