Saturday dawned and the 944 racers were out on track just after 10am for their first official practice session for 2016. Immediately Vince Misuraca set the pace as many expected laying down a first lap of 1:35.42 on his first flyer, which would remain as the fastest time of the session right up until Chris Lewis-Williams pipped him for the top spot on his last fast lap, bettering Vince by 2 tenths of a second to record a 1:35.20 lap.
Vince and Chris were the only two to set down an indicative time early, with the rest of the field soring themselves out on lap 1 before attacking on lap 2 only for the session to be red flagged when Jason Miller encountered a problem and beached himself in the kitty litter, and then returned to the pits. The crew would then undergo a gearbox change to enable them to get out for the qualifying session.
The red flag was lifted and practice resumed – and dramas then befell Mark Taubitz right away, reporting that the car had a vibration, and then popped itself out of 4th gear. The #74 returned to the pits, and on inspection a broken clip inside the gearbox has unfortunately ended the weekend early for the Zantek backed team with only one lap on record. With the problems facing Dick Howe, this then reduced the field to 12 for qualifying.
In the remainder of the practice session Cam Beller was the next car to crack into the 35’s, a 1:35.72 securing third fastest time for the session for car #55. A small gap back then to Tony Westaway in fourth, the only driver to finish the session in the 36’s with a 1:36.77, ahead of brother Michael with a 1:37.01 – the two brothers clear of the 6th fastest car, Brad Winter in the immaculate Bradwin Roofing backed #22 just ahead of a very tightly compressed set of times for spots 7 through to 10, with Graham Smith, Paul Crocitti, Pedr James and Jim Gallagher all seperated by .33 of a second. Marius Catrina rounded out the pack of cars who were able to complete the session with a 1:41.1 second time.
Practice P2 15 Mins Scheduled Start 10:10
Page 1 Issue 1 Start Sat Mar 05 10:10 Elapsed Time 15:00
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pos Car Driver Fastest Lap Gap
1 37 Chris Lewis-Williams 1:35.2097*
2 15 Vince Misuraca 1:35.4249 0:00.2152
3 55 Cameron Beller 1:35.7242 0:00.5145
4 50 Tony Westaway 1:36.7778 0:01.5681
5 45 Michael Westaway 1:37.0107 0:01.8010
6 22 Brad Winter 1:38.1798 0:02.9701
7 99 Graham Smith 1:38.6047 0:03.3950
8 16 Paul Crocitti 1:38.6766 0:03.4669
9 98 Pedr James 1:38.7795 0:03.5698
10 13 Jim Gallagher 1:38.9361 0:03.7264
11 12 Marius Catrina 1:41.1197 0:05.9100
12 74 Mark Taubitz 1:41.3303 0:06.1206
13 3 Jason Miller 1:43.9851 0:08.7754