Pukekohe Supercars: Waters tops title contenders in Practice 2

Cam Waters upstaged the Supercars title contenders in the second and final practice session at Pukekohe.

Pukekohe Supercars: Waters tops title contenders in Practice 2
Steering wheel of Garth Tander, Garry Rogers Motorsport
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske Ford
Chaz Mostert, Rod Nash Racing Ford
Fabian Coulthard, Team Penske Ford
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden

It was Brad Jones Racing that led the early part of the session, Nick Percat enjoying a stint on top thanks to a 1m03.435s, before teammate Tim Slade took over 12 minutes in with a 1m03.376s.

That time lasted until the 25-minute mark when Rick Kelly lowered the benchmark to a 1m03.352s, before being swiftly replaced by Practice 1 pacesetter Scott McLaughlin's 1m03.061s.

Cam Waters became the first driver into the 1m02s for the session with eight minutes to go, the Prodrive Ford going quickest with a 1m02.957s.

Three minutes later it was teammate Chaz Mostert's turn on top thanks to a 1m02.803s – only to be beaten by McLaughlin's 1m02.736s on the very next lap.

Both Mostert and McLaughlin then retreated to the lane, giving Waters a free swing at the final 90 seconds of the session. And he grabbed that chance with both hands, jumping back to the top with a 1m02.562s in the dying seconds.

"We weren't too fazed after Practice 1, we knew we had a few problems," said Waters.

"It was all just a matter of tuning it up. We did that and the car is mint now, so I'm pretty happy."

Waters was initially joined at the top of the times by teammate Mark Winterbottom, only for the PRA pair to be split by Jamie Whincup's 1m02.703s right at the flag.

McLaughlin was shuffled back to fourth in the late reshuffle, ahead of Mostert.

Shane van Gisbergen made big gains on Practice 1 to finish up sixth, ahead of Slade and David Reynolds.

Craig Lowndes was ninth fastest, while Lee Holdsworth rounded out the Top 10.

Fabian Coulthard was the slowest of the title contenders, finishing the session down in 14th.

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1 6 australia  Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'02.5623  
2 88 australia  Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VF 1'02.7037 0.1414
3 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'02.7097 0.1474
4 17 new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'02.7362 0.1739
5 55 australia  Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'02.8039 0.2416
6 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore VF 1'02.8483 0.2860
7 14 australia  Tim Slade  Holden Commodore VF 1'02.9435 0.3812
8 9 australia  David Reynolds  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.0114 0.4491
9 888 australia  Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.0206 0.4583
10 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.0235 0.4612
11 56 australia  Jason Bright  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'03.0407 0.4784
12 15 australia  Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'03.0565 0.4942
13 22 australia  James Courtney  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.0972 0.5349
14 12 new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG/X 1'03.1102 0.5479
15 23 australia  Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 1'03.1104 0.5481
16 33 australia  Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.1355 0.5732
17 2 australia  Scott Pye  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.1425 0.5802
18 8 australia  Nick Percat  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.1452 0.5829
19 34 australia  James Moffat  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.2377 0.6754
20 99 australia  Dale Wood  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.2631 0.7008
21 19 australia  Will Davison  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.2695 0.7072
22 7 australia  Todd Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'03.5831 1.0208
23 21 australia  Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.6268 1.0645
24 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 1'03.7813 1.2190
25 3 australia  Aaren Russell  Holden Commodore VF 1'03.7876 1.2253
26 62 australia  Jack Perkins  Holden Commodore VF 1'04.1665 1.6042
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