Tom Toparis timed his run to perfection in practice for Round 5 of the Motorsports TV Supersport to comprehensively top the times at Winton today.
As with all categories on the program, the Supersports competitors were forced to deal with changeable weather conditions, but Toparis managed to complete a flying lap on a semi-dry circuit during the day’s second session, and as a result he ended up almost six seconds clear of second-placed Ty Lynch in the overall results for the day.
“At the test the other day, the bike was great, so hopefully we can get some dry weather this weekend to show how good the bike really is,” Toparis said.
Aiden Hayes was third ahead of Rhys Belling and Chris Quinn; podium contenders Nic Liminton and Broc Pearson did not complete a flying lap.
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Yannis Shaw ended the day with the fastest time, a 1:35.4 set during the day’s opening session. Shaw also topped the third session (held in wet conditions) while Senna Agius was fastest in Practice 2.
Points leader Max Stauffer was only 17th fastest.
“The conditions have been tricky today – it’s difficult to stay with the bike and do consistent laps, but you have to go out and get a feel for it for the races,” Stauffer said.
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Max Stauffer managed to top the YMF R3 Cup times for the day, with the best laps coming in the second session when the conditions were at their best.
Stauffer punched out a 1:36.4, just 0.2s quicker than second-placed Luke Jhonston with Ben Baker in third position. Points leader John Lytras was seventh.
Like other categories, not all the riders participated in the first and third practice sessions due to the rain, but Matt Rindel was fastest in both sessions.
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Fresh from his round win at Morgan Park, Angus Grenfell topped the overall times today ahead of Lucas Quinn and Archie McDonald, with the fastest time in Practice 2.
“Unfortunately I had a crash in the first session on the third lap, and I had to sit on the sideline for the rest of the session, but in the next session I went out strong and got first position,” he said.
The first and third sessions were headed by Zak Pettendy, who said he enjoys the slippery conditions.
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Matthew McKinnon and Tracey Brian were the fastest overall in the Sidecars, also topping the Formula 2 (600cc) class on their Honda CES 600. Steven Bayliss and Aaron Wilson were the best of the F1 (1000cc) class competitors, finishing second outright on their Suzuki LCR 1000. Another Formula 2 entry of Bruce Collins/Peter De Angelis (Honda LCR 600) was third.
“It was a bit slippery in the first session, and we had a bit of a moment and ended upside down!” Tracey Brian said.
“After that it was good, we got some good times in, and we’re happy with the result.”The on-track action resumes tomorrow at 9:00am.