- By Kassie Gadeke
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
James Courtney has shot to the top in the final practice session at the WD-40 Phillip Island, with 200km of racing ahead this afternoon.
The Holden Racing Team driver recorded a 1min31.0107 lap during the 15-minute session, with Courtney emphasising the team's focus on learning about the Commodore for the 2016 season.
Courtney has never stood on the podium at Phillip Island - and would like to change that - but said on the broadcast it was the other side of the garage that was more focused on race wins this weekend.
"Today's about not worrying about the position of the car but trying to get a better feel," Courtney said.
"After Pukekohe, we came out of the race weekend knowing our weakness and that's what we're targeting this weekend."
His teammate Tander, who finished the session 13th, sits fourth in the Championship and HRT is hopeful of overtaking Red Bull in the teams championship.
"It hasn't been good to me this place - I wouldn't mind a podium or win, but our goals are learning this weekend," Courtney said.
"The other side [wants] wins with Garth and we're keeping in mind the teams championship ... the car's looking pretty good at the moment."
DJR Team Penske's Scott Pye was second in the session, 0.1351 seconds behind Courtney, while Championship leader Mark Winterbottom was sixth, with challengers David Reynolds and Craig Lowndes third and fourth.
The V8 Supercars will qualify at 12pm local time, with 200km ahead.