Jordan Love has broken Will Brown’s stranglehold of fastest practice times to be fastest in the final practice session at Phillip Island.
The two championship frontrunners were only separated by 0.0322 seconds, with the track not too dissimilar to conditions experienced earlier this morning according to Brown.
“We’re just working towards the car and getting it ready for qualifying,” Brown said.
“There’s a bit of dirt and everything over the track. Once that all gets off, hopefully it’s off for quali and we can push from there.”
Nick Rowe was the fastest AGI Sport pilot in third as he aims to split the intra-team battle between Brown and Love at Team BRM.
“Not bad, we finished third it’s pretty close the difference between first and third,” Rowe said.
“Hopefully in qualifying we can put this rig on P1 and see how we go.”
“The boys have done a great job in setting up the car. It should be a bit hotter this arvo, so we’ll make a few changes and see how we go.”
Simon Fallon continues to impress on his debut, with the CoolDrive/DREAM Motorsport pilot merely a few thousandths off Josh Denton’s fourth place.
SCT Logistics/AGI Sport driver Jack Smith edged ahead of JRD’s Tyler Everingham, with Everingham confident of a good showing in qualifying.
“The first one [practice] was a bit of a write off, I wasn’t that confident with the car,” Everingham said.
“We’ve put a little bit more grip into it, that session then was a lot better. I was able to hold Turn One flat and go about 10 metres deeper into the rest of the corners.
“I dropped about a second from the first session so that’s really good. Hoping to get up there in qualifying and I think I can do well.”
Brenton Grove endured a difficult session with two trips off-track, and Josh Conroy beaching his DREAM Motorsport car into the gravel to bring out the red flag.
“I was hoping to get into the groove in Practice Two,” Conroy said.
“Three laps out, got stuck in gear through Turn Two and ended up backwards in the gravel trap.
“Qualifying is a matter of just getting through it. It’s a pretty challenging track to learn because it’s high speed and there’s so much commitment. I’ll get there eventually.”
Jordan McGregor sat out the final practice session after incurring damage to his front-end during the first practice session.
“It was unfortunate to have that crash in Practice One,” McGregor said.
“It’s not ideal as we haven’t had that much time in the car. Done the one race at Symmons and that’s been it since Gold Coast. Every lap counts around here.”
The U Race It Pole Position gets underway at 1:25pm, ahead of two races on Saturday and a single race on Sunday.