28 Feb 2019
The first ever Thursday night session for the Virgin Australia Supercars was full of action, with three red flags stopping Practice 1 throughout the twilight session topped by second-year driver Anton de Pasquale.
The Penrite Racing driver – fresh from winning the Peter Brock Medal at the annual Confederation of Australian Motor Sport awards - set the two fastest times of the session on his final two laps.
It was a good session for Penrite Racing, with de Pasquale’s teammate David Reynolds finishing in fourth place.
They were split by the two Ford Mustangs of Blue Oval convert Lee Holdsworth (Bottle-O Racing) and Fabian Coulthard (Shell V-Power Racing), though Holdsworth was over three tenths slower.
Coulthard led most of the session after setting an early quick lap, and the man he replaced at Tickford, Mark Winterbottom, finished fifth in the IRWIN Commodore.
It was a strong session for the Tickford Mustangs, with all four cars inside the top 10. Cam Waters (sixth), Chaz Mostert (eighth) and Will Davison (ninth) joined their stablemate Holdsworth in the upper echelons of the session.
Defending Superloop Adelaide 500 winner Shane Van Gisbergen was sixth tenths off the pace in his Red Bull Holde, along with the two slower Tickfords, while Adelade-born Scott Pye was tenth for Mobil 1 MEGA Racing.
Three red flags halt session
Practice was brought to a standstill on three occasions during the session, owing to incidents involving Waters, newly-minted series champion Scott McLaughlin and second-year driver James Golding.
Waters swiped the wall in his Monster Energy Mustang, leaving debris on the track that was swept up to restart the session after just a handful of laps.
But the talking points was undoubtedly McLachlan’s full-stop at turn 11, with his team reporting steering issues for the Kiwi’s Shell V-Power Mustang.
And it was Golding who became the first to fall foul of the tyre barriers at the reworked turn 7 exit to signal the third red flag for the afternoon.
Redefined track limits at Turn 6 and 7 meant two less-forgiving exit kerbs, and Golding’s Commodore was left battered by the collision.
A big day tomorrow
It’s still a bumper day of action for Supercars at the Superloop Adelaide 500 on Friday, despite opening practice being moved to Thursday’s twilight session.
Supercars will hit the track at 11.40am for Practice 2, following by final practice at 2.50pm ahead of twilight qualifying at 6.25pm.
With five of the six Mustangs in side the top 10 and Penrite Racing looking impressive early, there will be a number of teams scratching their heads down pitlane.
Superloop Adelaide 500 gates open at 9:00am on Friday morning, with box offices opening at 8:30am for ticket sales. You can also buy your tickets here
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