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2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Skycity Triple Crown Darwin – Supersprints

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

Hidden Valley Raceway – Friday (Practice Sessions 1 and 2)

The Northern Territory turned on its best weather for teams and fans as the V8 Supercars championship took to Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway for the Skycity Triple Crown. With the weather forecasters predicting 31C/88F with clear skies for the entire weekend, it would be easy to forget that it’s winter in the southern states of Australia.

However the heat will create its own set of issues for the teams as drivers struggle with tyre degradation and exhaustion which could be a deciding factor later in the weekend.

Practice 1

Marcos Ambrose in the DJR Team Penske prepared Ford Falcon made his much anticipated return to the V8 category. In his first 20 minute session in Practice 1, he set a time of 1:09.85 before handing the car over to teammate Scott Pye.

After the session Ambrose stated that “The stuff [car setup] that I’ve always used to drive a car fast, doesn’t seem to work in these” which only confirms he is still struggling with the new generation of V8 Supercars.

Meanwhile out on track, David Reynolds in the Bottle-O Racing Ford FGX Falcon managed to set a lap time of 1:07.28 to be the fastest around the Hidden Valley circuit.

Cementing Ambrose woes, Pye finished the session with the second fastest time of 1:07.818. One spot further back, Team BOC’s Jason Bright was the best of the rest setting the third fastest time in his Holden Commodore.

Practice 2

With the track temperature continuing to rise, the second 60 minute practice session had to be red flagged half way through due to a small grass fire in the Turn 1 run off area.

With the spot fire out the session continued with David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing) topped the time sheets again with a blisteringly time of 1:06.73. Reynolds would be joined by Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) and Freightliner Racing’s Fabian Coulthard also in the 1:06’s.

By the end of the session, every manufacturer would be represented in the top 10 with fast laps coming in the final moments.

James Moffat (Nissan Motorsport) was the fastest of the Nissan’s in fifth, Ashley Walsh (Erebus Motorsport) was the fastest of the Mercedes in eighth, and Scott McLaughlin (Wilson Security Racing GRM) the best of the Volvo’s in tenth.

V8 Supercars action continues tomorrow at Hidden Valley Raceway, with qualifying then races 13 and 14 of the championship.

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