Tasmania Supercars: Whincup tops first practice by 0.01s

Jamie Whincup shaded Chaz Mostert by 0.01s in the first open Supercars practice session at Symmons Plains.

Tasmania Supercars: Whincup tops first practice by 0.01s

In the first session since the pre-round parity changes, Red Bull Holden driver Whincup was a constant near the top of the time sheets.

He first went quickest inside the first 10 minutes with a 51.086s, before being displaced by teammate Shane van Gisbergen's 50.973s at the 15-minute mark.

Both Red Bull drivers improved as the final third of the session kicked off, Whincup briefly going quickest with a 50.957s before van Gisbergen hit back with a 50.854s.

In the closing seconds it looked as if they would both be trumped by Tickford driver Mostert, who put his Mustang on top with a 50.775s.

However Whincup had the last laugh, a 50.756s right on the flag leaving him on top.

“The car is okay, it’s reasonable, but it’s not as nice as we’d like," he said.

"We’ll do a bit of work between P1 and P2 to try and improve it."

“I think everyone has a bit of a step to be made. The track is quite quick, a couple of tenths off the practice tyres. I think on green tyres the record could be under threat.”

Mostert and van Gisbergen were next, with points leader Scott McLaughlin battling a problem with his shift lights on the way to fourth.

David Reynolds was fifth ahead of Mustang drivers Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison, followed by Scott Pye, and Fabian Coulthard, who made sure five of the six Mustangs were in the Top 10 with the ninth-best time.

Anton De Pasquale was 10th, Rick Kelly the best Nissan in 11th, while Cam Waters was the slowest Mustang in 12th.

FP1 results:

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 88 Australia Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore ZB 50.7564  
2 55 Australia Chaz Mostert  Ford Mustang GT 50.7755 0.0191
3 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore ZB 50.8547 0.0983
4 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin  Ford Mustang GT 50.9504 0.1940
5 9 Australia David Reynolds  Holden Commodore ZB 51.0792 0.3228
6 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth  Ford Mustang GT 51.1156 0.3592
7 23 Australia Will Davison  Ford Mustang GT 51.1186 0.3622
8 2 Australia Scott Pye  Holden Commodore ZB 51.1402 0.3838
9 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard  Ford Mustang GT 51.1580 0.4016
10 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale  Holden Commodore ZB 51.1596 0.4032
11 15 Australia Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima L33 51.1737 0.4173
12 6 Australia Cameron Waters  Ford Mustang GT 51.1878 0.4314
13 22 Australia James Courtney  Holden Commodore ZB 51.1933 0.4369
14 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom  Holden Commodore ZB 51.1988 0.4424
15 4 United States Jack Smith  Holden Commodore ZB 51.2710 0.5146
16 14 Australia Tim Slade  Holden Commodore ZB 51.2799 0.5235
17 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner  Nissan Altima L33 51.2862 0.5298
18 8 Australia Nick Percat  Holden Commodore ZB 51.3228 0.5664
19 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood  Holden Commodore ZB 51.3982 0.6418
20 33 New Zealand Richie Stanaway  Holden Commodore ZB 51.4160 0.6596
21 34 Australia James Golding  Holden Commodore ZB 51.4657 0.7093
22 21 Australia Macauley Jones  Holden Commodore ZB 51.6004 0.8440
23 3 Garry Jacobson  Nissan Altima L33 51.6678 0.9114
24 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima L33 51.7261 0.9697
25 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq  Holden Commodore ZB 51.8209 1.0645
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