Chaz Mostert came within two-tenths of a second of setting the overall best lap in Townsville.
Chaz Mostert came within two-tenths of a second of setting the overall best lap in Townsville. EDGE PHOTOGRAPHICS

Mostert tops practice for Townsville 400

MOTORSPORT: Prodrive's nightmarish trip to the Top End appears behind it with Chaz Mostert setting the fastest time in Supercars practice for the Townsville 400.

Mostert came within two-tenths of a second of the overall fastest Supercars lap around the temporary street circuit, heading championship rivals Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen.

Mostert's garage mate Mark Winterbottom also ended Friday near the pointy end in fourth, with Jamie Whincup rounding out the top five.

"The car's obviously night and day better than what it was at Darwin," said Mostert, who had described his last start in the NT as an "absolute mess".

"Credit to all the guys for going through all the data after Darwin and trying to assess the mistakes we've made the last round or two.

"The car felt really good, we've just got to tidy up a few things."

Qualifying begins at 12.30pm on Saturday following by racing at 4.10pm

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