The first practice session of the Sydney SuperSprint was a strange one for teams and drivers as the strong winds lead to unrepresentative times.
A difficult session was made even worse for the Tekno team when Will Davison managed only two laps before a steering rack issue put him in the garage.
A number of top drivers found themselves down the order throughout the session with the strong winds causing the engineers some real headaches.
The session however was dominated by Michael Caruso as he lead from before the halfway point through to the end.
It was not all plain sailing for the Nissan team however as team boss Todd Kelly was stuck in the garage with a driveline issue.
At the end of the session the top 3 were
- Michael Caruso (Nissan) 1:29.9
- Scott McLaughlin (Ford) 1:30.3
- Jamie Whincup (Holden) 1:30.4
Practice 2 at Sydney Motorsport Park was very similar to P1 as the strong winds left many drivers running wide with fast laps not coming until the very end of the session.
For the majority of the session the Brad Jones cars lead the way with Nick Percat ahead of Tim Slade and the rest of the top drivers struggling with balance issues.
Will Davison and Todd Kelly were hoping to make up for lost ground after a difficult first practice and both drivers got a solid amount of running in with their respective issues solved.
There was an exciting final flurry as the wind had finally relented and most drivers bolted on a fresh set of rubber and went out to do some fast laps.
Championship leader Scott McLaughlin had been pretty anonymous until the very end of the session when he posted the fastest time of the day leaving him top of the time sheets at the close of play.
At the end of the days running the top 3 were
- Scott McLaughlin (Ford) 1:28.7
- Mark Winterbottom (Ford) 1:28.9
- Chaz Mostert (Ford) 1:28.9