V8 Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom has continued yesterday’s form, topping today’s final practice session at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.
Winterbottom’s 51.0978sec lap was 0.1325sec ahead of Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin in the 15-minute session, with DJR Team Penske’s Fabian Coulthard tucked into third.
The Bottle-O racer will be pleased with his form and is looking forward the coming 15-minute qualifying session, one of the changes relative to the new Saturday SuperSprint format.
McLaughlin encountered some traffic on his fast lap and emphasised just how critical qualifying will be with the field separated by just 1.2sec this morning.
“I got a bit of traffic there on the second lap which I felt was my fastest – that’s ok, the car’s good,” he said.
“We just have to make sure we qualify in the top 10 – if you stuff up you’re down the back, it’s so close.
“It’s what we love about this sport and hopefully we get it right.”
The V8 Supercars slipped and slid around the track in sunny conditions this morning, with engine changes overnight confirmed for Chaz Mostert and Jamie Whincup’s cars.
Cameron Waters and Nick Percat had an unusual touch in the session, and Waters was sideways as he pushed for speed after finishing second yesterday. He ended this session seventh.
Jason Bright came home fourth and revealed he did not have any green tyres to run in the session, and Lee Holdsworth backed up yesterday’s form to finish fifth.
David Reynolds popped up in 10th, with others to note Shane van Gisbergen 14th, James Courtney 15th and Jamie Whincup 18th.
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The V8 Supercars qualify at 2.35pm local time.