The conditions have changed, there was just one red flag, but there has been one constant at the Winton 360 – James Moffat on top of the times.
The Norton Hornets Nissan Altima driver was happy with his 1min22.3461sec lap, but knows it’s later in the day he needs a fast lap in qualifying, ahead of the afternoon’s 60/60 Super Sprint at the challenging three-kilometre circuit.
“More than anything, that might back up a bit of speed from yesterday's changeable conditions,” Moffat said after getting out of the car.
“I’m super proud of all of the guys, but we’re aware it’s practice, so we’re keeping a lid on it. It’s not so bad so far!”
While the Nissan Altimas are still looking for more horsepower, Winton is said to be the track that will suit the new make.
Heavy Haulage Australia Racing’s Tim Slade followed the Nissan home in his new to 2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and with Rick Kelly third, it could be a sign of things to come this weekend for the new manufacturers.
It was announced last night on v8supercars.com.au a new blend of fuel is being trialed this weekend to improve fuel consumption rates – so the weekend brings good news all-round for the new squads, ahead of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
Following Slade and Kelly home were Jamie Whincup, David Reynolds, Craig Lowndes, Lee Holdsworth, Dean Fiore, Scott Pye and Will Davison rounding out the top 10.
The Brad Jones Racing Commodores of Fabian Coulthard and Jason Bright, which were strong in the wet yesterday, finished 11th and 15th, and last race winner Chaz Mostert – third in yesterday’s session – ended the weekend in 20th.
A 20-minute qualifying session for Race 25 begins at 12.25pm AEST with the 60/60 following at 3.35pm.