Courtney bounces back in practice

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 17/05/2015
  • By V8 Supercars

Yesterday's drama is behind Holden Racing Team's James Courtney, who topped morning practice at the NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint.

On soft Dunlop tyres, Courtney recorded a 1min23.7494sec lap in the brief 15-minute session, ahead of qualifying at 11.50am local time.

Frustratingly for Courtney, he has been well positioned in the practice sessions over the weekend - but has not yet qualified up the front at Winton.

"Unfortunately we've been pretty quick in everything that doesn't matter," he said post-session.

"Horrendous day yesterday. Great shootout this morning, but it'll be interesting to see on green hard tyres how the strategy plays out.

"[Hopefully a] great race today - can't be any worse than yesterday, so I'm pretty excited."

Second place was filled by Volvo's David Wall on hard tyres, the S60 0.408sec behind the VF Commodore, with Craig Lowndes third and also on softs.

All manufacturers cracked the top 10 with Chaz Mostert fourth in his Ford Falcons FG X, Michael Caruso the best Nissan in fifth and Ash Walsh - engineered by Campbell Little this weekend - sixth in his Erebus Mercedes.

Brad Jones Racing drivers Jason Bright and Dale Wood veered off-track briefly in the 15-minute session, while teammate Fabian Coulthard was in seventh and will be hoping to have a better run in qualifying after starting 25th yesterday.

Click here for full race results.

Television times:

Sunday - Race 12: 13.15, FOX SPORTS 506
Highlights: 16.00 TEN, 20.30 ONE.
Tickets: https://www.outix.com.au/sites/winton/

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