Vaughan tops opening practice, Allen’s wheels fall off
On a wet and cool Mt Panorama, Brad Vaughan in the Anderson Motorsport Ford Falcon FG was the fastest in the first practice for Dunlop Super 3.
Initially teams tackled the round five opener on wet tyres before a late changeover to slicks.
Vaughan is currently second in the points standings. He trails by 54 behind Kai Allen who was lucky not to have a serious accident when a wheel worked loose on his Eggleston Motorsport Holden Commodore VE. It happened on top of the mountain before the wheel departed the car at Forrest Elbow and bounced and rolled its way almost to the Chase.
The team verified that the wheels on all their cars were torque up before the session. “We are not sure at this stage, it could be the nut or the hub,” said Ben Eggleston after the session.
Steven Page (Page Bros Jayco VE) was second fastest ahead of Super 3 Cup points leader Jim Pollicina (Mocomm VE) and Jason Gomersall (Unit Racing FG). Ray Hislop has a new livery on his FG, resplendent in the colours of the FPR Mark Winterbottom/Steven Richards 1000 campaign of 2012. Hislop was the quickest of all Super 3s when on their wets before he had a moment and a run down the escape road at Murrays Corner at the end.
There was very little dry tyre running as the session concluded. James Masterton (VE) finished sixth fastest ahead of David Murphy who has his FG in its original 2009 Triple Eight/Vodafone livery. Then followed Tony Auddino (Falcon BF), Garry Hills (VE) and tenth placed Jarred Danaher (FG).
Allen’s time earlier put him eleventh ahead of Paul Boschert, Brendan Strong and Gary Collins in their Commodores.