Chaz Mostert gave Prodrive Racing Australia and the new Ford Falcon the best possible start to the 2015 V8 Supercars season by setting the fastest time during the Super Shootout at Sydney Motorsport Park. 

“It’s fantastic … everyone’s on the same brand new tyre, one lap to do the job and it’s good to be well inside the top 10 – further I front than we thought we would be,” said Mostert to v8supercars.com.au.

“The guys have worked so hard in the off-season… we’ve got a bit of homework to do, I wasn’t quite happy with the balance so a bit more speed to get out of her.”

Shane Van Gisbergen repeated his 2014 performance by finishing 0.0087 seconds off of Mostert to set the second fastest time.

All drivers ran on hard tyres during the test to get a first glimpse of difference in pace between the teams.

Rounding out the top three was a second Holden of James Courtney who was 0.289 seconds off the pace.

Mark Winterbottom reinforced the pace of the new Ford Falcon by setting the fourth fastest times, half a second of the pace of his younger team mate Mostert.

Scott McLaughlin showed Volvo had lost non of it’s pace over the winter, finishing two tenths off of Mostert to slot into fifth position.

James Moffat was the fastest of the Nissan drivers setting a 1.31.1104, the Japanese manufacture not able to repeat the pace from Saturday which saw them top three out of the four sessions.

Jason Bright who set the 7th fastest time of the Supertest, was followed by the first of the Triple Eight drivers, Craig Lowndes. It was a difficult day for the Red Bull sponsored team with Lowndes’ team mate and 2014 champion Whincup down in 12th.

Rounding out the top ten were two more Holden’s of Fabian Coulthard and Garth Tander.

Former champion and V8 Supercar returnee Marcos Ambrose set the 14th fastest time of the shootout in his DJR Team Penske prepared Ford Falcon.

The next time the V8 Supercars will be on the track in anger will be during qualifying for the Clipsal 500 on February 28th .

Charlie Price – charlie@sportscarglobal.com