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Tasmania Supercars: Whincup fastest as Holden dominates practice

Tasmania Supercars: Whincup fastest as Holden dominates practice
Apr 5, 2019, 4:08 AM

Jamie Whincup led an all-Holden top five in the final Friday Supercars practice session at Symmons Plains.

The two Red Bulls set the pace early, Shane van Gisbergen going quickest with a 50.961s on the four-minute mark, only to be immediately knocked off by Whincup's 50.912s.

Seconds later Simona de Silvestro staged the most dramatic moment of the session, dropping a right rear coming onto the main straight and looping her Nissan Altima a full 180 degrees without hitting anything.

Chaz Mostert briefly moved into second around the 10-minute mark, before van Gisbergen improved to a 50.923s to restore the Red Bull one-two.

At the midway point Scott McLaughlin took over at the top thanks to a 50.886s, which lasted five minutes until Scott Pye went quickest with a 50.813s.

Mark Winterbottom enjoyed a brief spell at the top inside the last five minutes thanks to a 50.690s, which was topped by van Gisbergen's 50.654s with two minutes to go.

Whincup wasn't done there, though, hitting back with 90s to go with a 50.508s that broke his own unofficial lap record to top the session.

"The car is good. [Engineer David] Cauchi made a couple of gains then in P2, we're there or thereabouts," said Whincup.

"Here the last couple of years have been really good, with the dual springs you can get the best of everything. Whereas maybe I'm asking  for a bit too much, it's nowhere near as good as what it was on the 'dualies'."

Van Gisbergen ended up second, moving to within 0.01s of his teammate on his last lap, followed by David Reynolds and Winterbottom.

James Courtney capped off the Commodore top five, with Mostert leading the Mustang charge back in sixth.

Penske pair Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard were next, Todd Hazelwood banked himself a Q2 spot with ninth, while Will Davison rounded out the first 10.

Nick Percat was the unlucky driver on the Q1/Q2 bubble, the Brad Jones Racing driver missing out by a hundredth.

Despite being fastest with 10 minutes to go Pye will have to go through Q1 after being shuffled back to 12th, while Mustang drivers Lee Holdsworth and Cam Waters will have to go the long way too after finishing up just 14th and 20th respectively.

All four Nissans will have to go through Q1 as well, Andre Heimgartner the best of the Altimas in 13th.

FP2 results:

la # Driver Car Time Gap
1 88 Australia Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore ZB 50.5084  
2 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore ZB 50.5271 0.0187
3 9 Australia David Reynolds  Holden Commodore ZB 50.5858 0.0774
4 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom  Holden Commodore ZB 50.6902 0.1818
5 22 Australia James Courtney  Holden Commodore ZB 50.6923 0.1839
6 55 Australia Chaz Mostert  Ford Mustang GT 50.6932 0.1848
7 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin  Ford Mustang GT 50.6943 0.1859
8 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard  Ford Mustang GT 50.7417 0.2333
9 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood  Holden Commodore ZB 50.7861 0.2777
10 23 Australia Will Davison  Ford Mustang GT 50.8057 0.2973
11 8 Australia Nick Percat  Holden Commodore ZB 50.8135 0.3051
12 2 Australia Scott Pye  Holden Commodore ZB 50.8547 0.3463
13 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner  Nissan Altima L33 50.8914 0.3830
14 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth  Ford Mustang GT 50.8924 0.3840
15 15 Australia Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima L33 50.9529 0.4445
16 14 Australia Tim Slade  Holden Commodore ZB 50.9581 0.4497
17 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale  Holden Commodore ZB 50.9837 0.4753
18 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima L33 51.0339 0.5255
19 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq  Holden Commodore ZB 51.0790 0.5706
20 6 Australia Cameron Waters  Ford Mustang GT 51.1011 0.5927
21 21 Australia Macauley Jones  Holden Commodore ZB 51.2151 0.7067
22 33 New Zealand Richie Stanaway  Holden Commodore ZB 51.2494 0.7410
23 4 United States Jack Smith  Holden Commodore ZB 51.2875 0.7791
24 34 Australia James Golding  Holden Commodore ZB 51.4059 0.8975
25 3 Garry Jacobson  Nissan Altima L33 51.4918 0.9834
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Author Andrew van Leeuwen