Ekol Racing's Scott Pye has topped the day's third session at the SKYCITY Triple Crown, recording a 1min10.2600 to jump David Reynolds by just 0.0856sec, with just under two minutes to go.
Despite two big accidents early in the season – including a high speed crash at the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365 that saw his Holden Commodore severely damaged and unable to be repaired for the following event – Pye reiterated his confidence had not been shaken and the car remains quick.
Following Reynolds in the times were Championship points leader Jamie Whincup, Alex Davison and Shane van Gisbergen.
Van Gisbergen suffered from gearbox dramas in the earlier Practice Two, but after a quick gearbox change between sessions 'The Gis' moved into the top five on slick tyres.
Craig Lowndes, who set the pace in the previous session, recorded the sixth fastest time.
Maro Engel was the top Mercedes-Benz AMG driver in ninth, with Michael Caruso the fastest of the four Nissans in 16th.