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Winterbottom quickest in Qld V8 practice

By Cameron Tomarchio 20/07/2007 05:13:39 PM Comments (0)

Ford's Mark Winterbottom wasn't getting carried away after clocking the quickest time in practice at Queensland Raceway on Friday in round seven of the V8 Supercars.

The 26-year-old went around the Ipswich circuit in 1minute 10.6040seconds on the very last lap of the two-and-a-half hour session to edge Holden hotshot Garth Tander by 0.06 of a second.

Tander was followed by the three other Holden frontrunners - Todd Kelly, Mark Skaife and Rick Kelly - with veteran Russell Ingall in sixth for Ford.

Queensland Raceway is the test track for a number of Ford teams, but only three drivers from those teams were represented in the top ten on Friday.

Winterbottom expected more of those drivers to fire in qualifying and race one on Saturday.

"These guys are going to go quicker so we've still got work to do," said Winterbottom, currently eighth in the championship.

"I think tomorrow they'll put (green) tyres on and it's an even playing field then. I expect them to be further up tomorrow, I know what sort of times they've done in testing. They're going to be quick."

Winterbottom was pleased with his flying lap.

"It was a screamer - everything went alright and the lap came off. It's nice to actually go out and prove something because saying you can do something and actually doing something are two different things."

Tander is eyeing a strong round to make up some ground on his championship-leading team-mate Rick Kelly, who has a 39-point buffer.

The West Australian was content with his car and confident of a big weekend.

"The car was good straight out of the truck," Tander said.

"I think we went faster on lap 40 on our first set of tyres so that bodes well for a race package."

Ford up and comer Will Davison, who was harshly criticised after causing a crash in Darwin last round, put in a solid performance for seventh fastest ahead of Darwin winner Craig Lowndes.

Lowndes' team-mate Jamie Whincup, who is fourth in the series, was over half a second slower than Winterbottom in 13th.

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