ALL BLUE AT SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK
Fords have dominated Friday afternoon’s second Practice session at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Scott McLaughlin, Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert and Cam Waters led the way for the blue oval, on a day on which chaotic weather was the headline for most of the time.
Two sessions were conducted in high winds, that greatly effected the performance of the 26 cars.
That led to a number of teams, including DJR Team Penske and Red Bull HRT, focused on longer runs, due to what could be a massive change in conditions for the all-important Qualifying session on Saturday.
At the end of the session McLaughlin struck, with a 1m28.8500s lap.
“We worked on that at the end of P1,” he said. “We did a long run but until we get to the race tomorrow, we don’t know.
“The first set we stuffed up a bit but the second run was better. The car’s nice but we have a lot of work to do.”
Winterbottom was happy with second.
“I have been saying for a bit, ‘I think that I have been driving alright’. We have had a really good day and we are happy with the development we have been doing. It’s a good day and that gives you confidence.”
His teammate Waters felt that there was more time to come from the Monster Energy car.
“Really happy with P4 but there is still a little bit left in it. We’re not far away.”
In the opening session some of the drivers reported that they did not even get into top gear before turning into Turn 1.
That session was led by Nissan Motorsport’s Michael Caruso – who was 15 places ahead of his nearest teammate, first time Sydney driver Simona De Silverstro. Scott McLaughlin was second fastest ahead of Jamie Whincup and Tim Slade.
Caruso was fifth fastest in the afternoon, ahead of Craig Lowndes and Tim Slade.
Saturday’s activities start at 11:25am with a 45-minute Practice session, ahead of Qualifying at 1:35pm. Race 17, over 31 laps, is due to start at 4:25pm.
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Date posted: August 18, 2017