Phillip Island V8s: Courtney fastest in final practice

James Courtney set the pace in a final 15-minute practice session at Phillip Island.

Phillip Island V8s: Courtney fastest in final practice
James Courtney, Holden Racing Team
Scott Pye, DJR Team Penske Ford
David Reynolds, Rod Nash Racing Ford and Cameron Waters, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Scott McLaughlin, Garry Rogers Motorsport and Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford and Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden

The Holden Racing Team driver had sat outside the Top 10 after the first runs, but hit back on his second run to charge to the top of the times with a 1m31.010s – good enough to leave him P1 at the end.

“It’s always hard to do test and development, because our test days are so limited. We have to do it over race weekends,” said Courtney, who is well and truly out of title contention.

“Today is all about not really worrying about the position, but trying to get a better direction and a better feel.”

DJR Team Penske’s Scott Pye was second fastest, like Courtney having improved on his second run, while David Reynolds was the best of the title contenders in third.

The Prodrive Racing driver was third after the first runs as well, before being shuffled down the order as guys went quicker on fresher rubber on the second. But he managed to find three-tenths on his final lap to go from seventh back to the top three.

Craig Lowndes was next, having not improved on his first run, ahead of Scott McLaughlin.

Points leader Mark Winterbottom also failed to improve on his first run and finished the session sixth, although afterwards said he was relaxed given that he hadn’t run new tyres.

“It feels okay. The track is cool, the wind has dropped, so I think everyone would say they feel okay,” he said.

“There were some guys on new tyres, we weren’t, so hopefully that will show in qualifying – it might level it out a bit more.

“It feels like we’ve made gains, but with gains come losses so you have to try and marry the two and try and go forward.”

Brothers Todd and Rick Kelly were eighth and ninth, with Jamie Whincup rounding out the Top 10.

shares
comments
Reynolds: Van Gisbergen is dead to me
Previous article

Reynolds: Van Gisbergen is dead to me

Next article

Phillip Island V8s: Winterbottom storms to crucial pole

Phillip Island V8s: Winterbottom storms to crucial pole
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020