Pye tops first practice

  • 24/10/2014
  • By V8 Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Wilson Security DJR's Scott Pye has recorded the quickest time in the first of four practice sessions at the Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600.

Pye's 1min11.4183 was on the young driver's last lap around the 2.98km street track, nudging Craig Lowndes off the top spot by 0.21sec.

Third in the times was Nissan's Michael Caruso, who is running a special livery paying tribute to beyondblue this weekend. LINK

Completing the top 10 is Rick Kelly, Scott McLaughlin, Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, James Moffat, James Courtney and Chaz Mostert.

Click here for the full standings.

Jamie Whincup came home 12th while Championship competitor Mark Winterbottom was 18th.

The session saw drivers pushing the track limits, with tyre bundles installed this year instead of the 90-degree kerbs used last year to limit kerb hopping throughturns 1, 9 and 10.

A number of drivers including Lowndes, both Todd and Rick Kelly, David Wall, Mostert, Dale Wood and Lee Holdsworth, paid a one-minute penalty in pit lane after pushing over the allowed kerb hops in the session.

The next session, which kicks off at 11.55am local time, is specifically for co-drivers.

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