Lockwood Racing’s Fabian Coulthard has bettered the Winton V8 Supercar lap record by an amazing 1.1 second in today’s final practice run, recording a 1min20.7965 around the 3km circuit.
A whopping 16 cars went quicker than the previous record, which was a 1min21.8487 set by Rick Kelly in 2010.
Lee Holdsworth’s Erebus Mercedes and Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods’ Shane van Gisbergen finished top three, plenty of drivers on a one-lap dash in the closing stages of the session.
“It feels like I’m driving a Formula One car!” van Gisbergen declared over the radio, after having told engineer Geoff Slater earlier the track was "really grippy".
A red flag appeared at the halfway point for the third time in as many sessions, Michael Caruso again veering off-track.
Tim Slade shot to the top on green tyres, but another red flag for Scott Pye meant it was a five-minute dash to the chequered flag.
Craig Lowndes, Slade, Jason Bright, Jamie Whincup, Rich Kelly, Scott McLaughlin and Will Davison made the top 10 – making Ford the only manufacturer not to feature.
Others to note include first Falcon David Reynolds in 13, Mark Winterbottom 19, Garth Tander 20 and James Courtney 22.
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The V8 Supercars hit the track for back-to-back 10-minute qualifying sessions at 11am, with two 100km races around Winton to follow.
Coulthard sits third in the Championship, behind Red Bull leaders Craig Lowndes Jamie Whincup.