Position: 4th – 1:11.4424s
Fastest: Rick Kelly – 1:11.3245s
Practice Two (Co-Drivers Only)
Position: 7th – 1:11.5991s
Fastest: Aaren Russell – 1:11.1204s
Position: 17th – 1:11.1655s
Fastest: Shane Van Gisbergen – 1:10.0763s
Saturday 20th October
10:05 – 10:25 – Qualifying
11:25 – 11:50 – Top Ten Shootout
14:25 – 16:50 – Race 26 – 300km/102 Laps
Sunday 21st October
10:20 – 10:40 – Qualifying
11:40 – 12:05 – Top Ten Shootout
14:25 – 16:50 – Race 27 – 300km/102 Laps
The Gold Coast delivered some brutal hits for teams in today’s opening practice day at the Surfers Paradise circuit. For the Alliance Truck Parts Commodore of Nick Percat and Macauley Jones, they found speed and their stride on the street circuit.
Times were tight in the final practice session with only half a second covering the field from 5th to 17th position.
The format for tomorrow and Sunday consists of a twenty-minute qualifying session; followed by a top ten shootout and the 300km races. The Gold Coast is known for being one of the harshest circuits on the Supercars calendar, with no race here (championship or non-championship) having a 100% finishing rate. There is no doubt the Gold Coast street will turn up the heat again tomorrow!
THE WORD FROM NICK
“Macauley did a great job in the co-driver session today, he was up there in the times against some pretty experienced drivers. The amount of seat time he’s had recently is really working to his advantage, he’s driving fast and clean.”
“The Alliance Truck Parts Commodore has rolled out pretty fast for our practice day; we’ve only made some minor tweaks, so that’s always a good start to the weekend. The car was good over the brutal chicanes this street circuit provides and overall we’ve just been working to find more grip which will get us around here that touch bit faster.”
“We lacked a bit of grip there in the final session which saw us outside the top ten for the first time today, but it was pretty late in the day so provided different, cooler track conditions. We won’t be on track that late again across the weekend, and we’re expecting conditions to be pretty hot out there for both races which will hopefully work in our favour.”
“We want to roll out for qualifying tomorrow and keep it around where we were sitting for the earlier practice sessions. It would be great to make the shootouts here this weekend, as it’s always something I strive for. We’ll look at what more we can do overnight to ensure we get in that ten.”
Published: 19 October 2018.