02 Mar 2018
IT was a massive day for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship as the gutsy 5-litre V8 engines hit the track for the first practice and qualifying sessions of 2018. Here are our top three moments from the day...
- Qualifying - and hot pace from the front runners
Yes, it was Shane Van Gisbergen at the top of the timesheets for Red Bull HRT and, yes, Scott McLaughlin was one thousandth of a second adrift for Shell V-Power Racing.
But these two teams aren’t the only ones with pace.
James Courtney (Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing) was third and Mark Winterbottom (Bottle-O Racing/Tickford) was fourth – and all well within six hundredths of a second.
In fact the top 10 were all within three tenths, which bodes well for a close race on Saturday.
- Even the big names aren’t safe from the sweeper
Turn 8 has been christened for another year, and even the greats weren’t spared. Drivers had smeared the exit wall all day, but the big shunts were reserved first for Cam Waters (Monster Energy/Tickford) who was miraculously able to turn laps in qualifying after his team repaired the car in time.
But the biggest talking points was reigning series champion Jamie Whincup, who wiped out his Red Bull Holden Racing Team ZB Commodore on the final lap of qualifying – and wiped out his best time for bringing out the red flag in the process.
It will be a long night in the pit bay for Car No. 1...
- Pace from the last garages
Qualifying pace from the last garages in pitlane was impressive. Both Will Davison (Milwaukee Racing) and Lee Holdsworth (Preston Hire Racing) will feature in Saturday’s Top 10 Shootout after strong showings in all three Friday sessions.
They’re the black sheep for Saturday’s race.
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