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Heimgartner pips De Pasquale in final Albert Park practice

ANDRE Heimgartner has put Brad Jones Racing on top ahead of Supercars qualifying this afternoon at Albert Park.

Just 0.0467s separated the top three as the reduced 23-car field enjoyed a relatively uneventful session.

Both Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade missed the half-hour hitout after suffering separate crashes this morning.

Broc Feeney was the early Practice 2 pacesetter as one of the first drivers today to lap Albert Park on Dunlop’s Super Soft tyre.

Feeney banged in a 1:48.046s, almost two full seconds clear of the benchmark set by Mark Winterbottom during an abbreviated Practice 1.

That put him clear of several subsequent challenges by the likes of Will Davison, Will Brown and David Reynolds who all spent time in second before Cam Waters moved to the top on a 1:47.9173s.

Anton De Pasquale then dislodged the Tickford Racing star with a minute remaining in the session, only to be outdone by Heimgartner.

Various late improvers left the top 10 order as Heimgartner from De Pasquale, Waters, Feeney, James Courtney, Reynolds, Winterbottom, Brown, Nick Percat and Thomas Randle.

The biggest scare of the session belonged to Chaz Mostert, who brushed the wall on driver’s left through the Turn 8 sweeper.

Chaz Mostert escaped this moment. Pic: Fox Sports

Pacesetter Heimgartner noted the challenge of switching between the Hard and Super Soft tyres, ahead of back-to-back qualifying sessions that will utilise both options.

“Where you brake, how you slow the car down, that entry phase to mid phase is a lot nicer on the soft tyre, you can feel a bit more than on the hard, which is a bit more of an unknown,” he said.

“For sure, going from one to the other is going to be a big change, more so going to the hard to get the lap in and not make any mistakes.

Andre Heimgartner. Pic: Supplied

Added De Pasquale: “It’s quite nice on the Super Softs for a few corners then it starts sliding around as well.

“It’s the first time we’re feeling the reduced downforce on these cars.

“It’s so fast around here and such a high grip track too. The tyres are working hard, so the race is going to be interesting.”

Two 15-minute qualifying sessions will take place later today, the first of which starting at 2:45pm AEDT.

RESULTS: Practice 2, Melbourne 400, Albert Park

18Andre HeimgartnerBJRChevrolet1m47.8708s
211Anton De PasqualeDJRFord+0.0211s
36Cam WatersTickfordFord+0.0467s
488Broc FeeneyTriple EightChevrolet+0.1754s
55James CourtneyTickfordFord+0.2264s
626David ReynoldsGroveFord+0.2426s
718Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Chevrolet+0.2931s
89Will BrownErebusChevrolet+0.409s
92Nick PercatWAUFord+0.4487s
1055Thomas RandleTickfordFord+0.513s
1196Macauley JonesBJRChevrolet+0.556s
1217Will DavisonDJRFord+0.6359s
1320Scott PyeTeam 18Chevrolet+0.7327s
1499Brodie KosteckiErebusChevrolet+0.7538s
1525Chaz MostertWAUFord+0.8928s
1631James GoldingPremiAirChevrolet+0.9134s
1756Declan FraserTickfordFord+1.0236s
1834Jack Le BrocqMSRChevrolet+1.0424s
1919Matthew PayneGroveFord+1.0589s
2035Cameron HillMSRChevrolet+1.1917s
2114Bryce FullwoodBJRChevrolet+1.2573s
223Todd HazelwoodBRTFord+1.3619s
234Jack SmithBJRChevrolet+1.4858s
2497Shane van GisbergenTriple EightChevroletNTR
2523Tim SladePremiAirChevroletNTR
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