Townsville Supercars: Waters tops rare wet session

Cam Waters topped a rare wet Supercars practice session on the streets of Townsville.

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Townsville Supercars: Waters tops rare wet session

Damp conditions for the opening 30-minute practice marked the first meaningful wet running in the 11-year history of the Townsville event.

Initially it was Chaz Mostert who best dealt with the slippery circuit, the Tickford driver leading the way as times dipped into the 1m25s.

By the midway point slightly improved conditions saw times dropping into the 1m23s, Holden stars Mark Winterbottom (1m23.341s) and Jamie Whincup (1m23.931s) leading the way.

With 10 minutes to go a number of drivers sampled a slick tyre, although initially Winterbottom's wet tyre time wasn't under threat.

That was until Waters appeared right at the death, charging to the top with a 1m21.639s on a slick tyre.

Winterbottom ended the session second thanks to his earlier time, followed by Nick Percat and Will Davison.

Tim Slade, one of the drivers who ran a slick tyre, was fifth, one spot clear of Garry Rogers Motorsport super sub Michael Caruso.

Whincup slipped back to seventh, Lee Holdsworth survived a brush with the Turn 6 wall to finish eighth, with Fabian Coulthard and Rick Kelly rounding out the Top 10.

Scott McLaughlin was just 14th quickest, while Shane van Gisbergen – who didn't run wets at all – was 22nd and last of the cars that turned a lap.

The two Erebus drivers didn't even make it onto the timesheets, the team electing to save its grooved tyres and keep David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale in the garage.

"I was quite happy, it looked pretty scary out there,” said Reynolds.

“We were looking to go out with about 10 minutes to go, but we didn’t want to burn up a set of tyres and whatnot.”

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'21.6395  
2 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1'23.3096 1.6701
3 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1'23.4777 1.8382
4 23 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1'23.6766 2.0371
5 14 Australia Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1'23.6770 2.0375
6 33 Australia Michael Caruso Holden Commodore ZB 1'23.8631 2.2236
7 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1'23.9310 2.2915
8 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1'24.1113 2.4718
9 333 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1'24.1616 2.5221
10 100 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1'24.1664 2.5269
11 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1'24.3198 2.6803
12 3 Australia Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1'24.3285 2.6890
13 21 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'24.3491 2.7096
14 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1'24.4381 2.7986
15 34 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1'24.5887 2.9492
16 55 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1'25.0435 3.4040
17 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima 1'25.3306 3.6911
18 22 Australia James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1'25.4764 3.8369
19 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'25.7364 4.0969
20 2 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1'26.0682 4.4287
21 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1'26.2827 4.6432
22 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1'27.1361 5.4966
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