V8SC: Winterbottom Paces Bathurst Practice

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BATHURST, Australia — official release — V8SC photo — Mark Winterbottom has closed the final Bathurst 1000 practice session on top, ahead of the ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout.

Winterbottom qualified fourth for today’s Top Ten Shootout with a lap of 2:06.2556, which he bettered by almost two tenths of a second in today’s practice. Frosty clocked ahead of Scott McLaughlin by a 0.0569 second margin.

Shane Van Gisbergen held the top spot for the majority of the session but finished third fastest, followed by Jason Bright, Scott Pye and Dale Wood’s co-driver Chris Pither in sixth.

James Moffat was seventh fastest – the quickest Nissan of the 50 minute session – while James Courtney managed to clinch the top ten in eighth, after the HRT driver narrowly missed out on today’s shootout – qualifying 11th.

Walkinshaw stable-mate Oliver Gavin followed in ninth in Nick Percat’s HHA Commodore, while Craig Lowndes recorded the tenth quickest time after his spectacular shunt at turn two with Warren Luff saw the accomplished racer retire early from the session.

After making heavy contact with the wall at turn seven and damaging the left front wheel, Todd Kelly’s Altima was good enough for 11th fastest in practice.

Jack Perkins – who will later contest in today’s top ten shootout – sat on the fringes of the top ten in the session, recording the 12th quickest time, while championship leader Jamie Whincup was 16th after his nasty shunt at the cutting during yesterday’s qualifying.

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