Mostert trumps SVG in Phillip Island practice
- By Stefan Bartholomaeus
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Chaz Mostert set the fastest time in Practice 2 as Prodrive made a strong start to the WD-40 Phillip Island 500.
Looking to make amends this weekend after throwing away victory at Symmons Plains two weeks ago, the Supercheap Ford driver topped the session with 1:29.57s.
Set as the chequered flag flew on the 40 minute hit-out, the record time put Mostert 0.24s clear of previous fast-man Shane van Gisbergen.
Van Gisbergen’s session included a front-right tyre failure midway through, which followed similar issues for Craig Lowndes and Fabian Coulthard in opening practice.
The reigning Supercars champion kept his Holden on the track despite the tyre letting go on the run into Turn 1 before limping back to the pits.
Lowndes took no part in Practice 2 thanks to his crash earlier in the afternoon, but will return tomorrow for qualifying.
Scott McLaughlin was third fastest for the day ahead of Michael Caruso, Cameron Waters and Mark Winterbottom.
Coulthard had been fastest heading into the final minutes but dropped to seventh after handing over to Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver Tony D’Alberto.
Lee Holdsworth, Jamie Whincup and Practice 1 pace-setter David Reynolds completed the top 10.
James Courtney suffered a spin at Turn 2 on the way to 12th while Will Davison completed another 15 laps in his Tekno Holden to be 13th.
The Brad Jones Racing and Garry Rogers Motorsport Holdens were among those down the order.
Tim Slade was best of the BJR runners in 15th while James Moffat was marginally quicker than team-mate Garth Tander in 19th.