Pukekohe Supercars: Mostert heads final practice

Andrew van Leeuwen
Motorsport

Crews worked on race runs for much of the 30-minute session, Fabian Coulthard setting the early pace before Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin took over with 10 minutes to go.

To that point times had languished in the low 1m02s, Will Davison kick-starting the 'happy hour' with a 1m01.991s a couple of minutes from the end.

Mostert then set what would prove to be an unbeatable 1m01.898s next time around, the Tickford star attributing the session-topping time to a lack of tuning.

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“Every time we touch the car we make it go slower,” said Mostert.

“The car rolled out of the box here the best it’s been.

“We keep trying to make the car better in little areas, but we’re just mad for a detune, so we just put it back to how it came over on the aeroplane and send it.”

Mostert's stiffest challenge came from birthday boy Nick Percat, who fell just 0.02s on his final run.

That bumped Davison down to third, while Scott McLaughlin put in another quiet performance, at least by his standards, with fourth.

"We lost a lot [of track time] yesterday, but I feel like we’re in a really good range there," said the runaway points leader.

"No new tyres for us just then, it felt pretty good. We’ll see how we go."

Lee Holdsworth and Jamie Whincup were next, followed by Cam Waters and Shane van Gisbergen.

The latter survived a brush with the Turn 4 wall midway through the session, blaming the off on some bad advice from Triple Eight boss Roland Dane.

"It was Roland’s idea, he was trying to tell us the Fords were using more kerb at Turn 2 and that doesn’t work!" said the Kiwi.

"We don’t know who was on what tyres, we ran a better set but not new. It feels good, but there’s a big gap to P1. Those guys are quick, so we still need to find a bit."

1

55

Australia
Australia

Chaz Mostert

Ford Mustang GT

1'01.8983

 

 

2

8

Australia
Australia

Nick Percat

Holden Commodore ZB

1'01.9250

0.0267

0.0267

3

23

Australia
Australia

Will Davison

Ford Mustang GT

1'01.9914

0.0931

0.0664

4

17

New Zealand
New Zealand

Scott McLaughlin

Ford Mustang GT

1'02.0127

0.1144

0.0213

5

5

Australia
Australia

Lee Holdsworth

Ford Mustang GT

1'02.0202

0.1219

0.0075

6

88

Australia
Australia

Jamie Whincup

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.1132

0.2149

0.0930

7

6

Australia
Australia

Cameron Waters

Ford Mustang GT

1'02.1540

0.2557

0.0408

8

97

New Zealand
New Zealand

Shane van Gisbergen

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.1749

0.2766

0.0209

9

12

New Zealand
New Zealand

Fabian Coulthard

Ford Mustang GT

1'02.2050

0.3067

0.0301

10

99

Australia
Australia

Anton De Pasquale

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.2365

0.3382

0.0315

11

35

Australia
Australia

Todd Hazelwood

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.2905

0.3922

0.0540

12

14

Australia
Australia

Tim Slade

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.3033

0.4050

0.0128

13

9

Australia
Australia

David Reynolds

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.3538

0.4555

0.0505

14

33

New Zealand
New Zealand

Richie Stanaway

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.3871

0.4888

0.0333

15

78

Switzerland
Switzerland

Simona de Silvestro

Nissan Altima

1'02.4201

0.5218

0.0330

16

7

New Zealand
New Zealand

Andre Heimgartner

Nissan Altima

1'02.4548

0.5565

0.0347

17

34

Australia
Australia

James Golding

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.4622

0.5639

0.0074

18

2

Australia
Australia

Scott Pye

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.5172

0.6189

0.0550

19

18

Australia
Australia

Mark Winterbottom

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.5241

0.6258

0.0069

20

22

Australia
Australia

James Courtney

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.5470

0.6487

0.0229

21

15

Australia
Australia

Rick Kelly

Nissan Altima

1'02.6216

0.7233

0.0746

22

21

Australia
Australia

Macauley Jones

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.7496

0.8513

0.1280

23

3

Australia
Australia

Garry Jacobson

Nissan Altima

1'02.8195

0.9212

0.0699

24

19

Australia
Australia

Jack Le Brocq

Holden Commodore ZB

1'03.3071

1.4088

0.4876

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