Categories: General Date: Jul 28, 2017 Title: SMITH CONTINUES FORM AT FRONT OF KUMHO FIELDJACK SMITH has continued his strong form in the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series, topping practice at Queensland Raceway today.
The SCT Logistics Brad Jones Racing driver, the current Kumho Series points leader, was fastest in both 20-minute sessions and ended up topping Anton DePasquale by 0.55s thanks to a quick 1m11.2291s flyer.
Smith leads the series following victory at his team’s home circuit last time out at Winton, but will be keen to win on Queensland soil this weekend to add to his championship credentials.
A day filled with red flags left some cars with only limited running today, ahead of qualifying and the first (of three) races tomorrow.
Behind Smith and DePasquale, Tyler Greenbury was third for Eggleston Motorsport and just 0.1 seconds behind the Supercars Super2 Series regulars.
The three fastest cars were comfortably beneath the existing Kumho V8 Touring Car series qualifying record at Queensland Raceway, set two years ago by now-Supercars runner Alex Rullo.
Round 1 winner Jordon Boys was fourth for Image Racing, less than one-tenth ahead of the ever-impressive Michael Anderson, who was fifth.
Thomas Randle was sixth on debut in Rusty French’s Syke Sands BA Falcon, an impressive performance given he banked just 18 laps in total today.
Josh Smith was 7th in his Image Racing Falcon – just 0.11 seconds covering Boys in fourth and Smith in seventh place in a remarkably congested middle of the top-10.
Aaron Seton, Jon McCorkindale and Jim Pollicina completed the top-10 across the two sessions – the ten covered by just 1.5 seconds an indicator to a highly anticipated weekend of racing this weekend. Just one second covered second through 10th place, emphasising the impressive performance from Smith out in front.
Chris Smerdon, Jason Heck – in his rebuilt ex-FPR Falcon – Michael Caine, Chris Delfsma, Nandi Kiss and Bradley Neill completed the order.
Four red flag stoppages curtailed opportunities for long running today – Nandi Kiss spinning off twice in the first session as he came to grips with his ex-PMM Holden Commodore.
The former V8 Ute racer endured another trip into the gravel in the second session, while a spin from Bradley Neil with just under two minutes to go ensured practice two ended earlier than anticipated.
Qualifying is scheduled for 10:10am local time tomorrow morning, prior to race one at 1:10pm. Both sessions will be shown live on FOX Sports 506.
Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle 1 21 Brad Jones Racing/SCT Logistic Jack Smith (QLD) 1:11.2291* 2 67 Paul Morris Motorsports Anton DePasqualie (QLD) 1:11.7866 0:00.5575 3 38 Eggleston Motorsport Tyler Greenbury (QLD) 1:11.8296 0:00.6005 4 49 Image Racing/Lubrimaxx Jordan Boys (VIC) 1:12.3785 0:01.1494 5 11 Kenwood Homes Michael Anderson (NSW) 1:12.4279 0:01.1988 6 9 Skye Sands Thomas Randle (VIC) 1:12.4373 0:01.2082 7 14 Image Racing/Lubrimaxx Josh Smith (QLD) 1:12.4860 0:01.2569 8 30 Aaron Seton Racing Aaron Seton (QLD) 1:12.6686 0:01.4395 9 69 Dial Before You Dig/Mac Motors Jon McCorkindale (NSW) 1:12.8109 0:01.5818 10 7 Mocomm Motorsports Communicati Jim Pollicina (NSW) 1:12.8143 0:01.5852 11 39 Vectra Corp Chris Smerdon (SA) 1:13.3941 0:02.1650 12 5 JCH Electrical/Exhaust Innovat Jason Heck (QLD) 1:13.9168 0:02.6877 13 23 Massel Michael Caine (NSW) 1:14.0443 0:02.8152 14 12 Century 21 Hazelbrook Chris Delfsma (NSW) 1:15.8162 0:04.5871 15 36 Nandi Kiss Racing Nandi Kiss (NSW) 1:16.9234 0:05.6943 16 55 Neill Motorsport Bradley Neill (QLD) 1:19.3356 0:08.1065