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Will Davison leads the way early at Sandown

Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Will Davison has finished on top after the opening Repco Supercars Championship session at Sandown.

It nearly ended up as a Shell V-Power Racing Team 1-2, but Mobil 1 Optus Racing’s Chaz Mostert split the pair on his final lap to fall 0.218s short of Davison’s 1m 07.808s benchmark.

Anton De Pasquale was third from IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom and championship leader Shane van Gisbergen in his Red Bull Ampol Racing Team ZB Commodore.

Following a podium last time out at The Bend Motorsport Park, Brodie Kostecki continued Erebus Motorsport’s return to form by placing sixth ahead of Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds, Boost Mobile Racing teammate Will Brown, Macauley Jones for Brad Jones Racing and Chris Pither driving the Coca Cola-backed PremiAir Racing entry.

There were no real dramas during the session, although Lee Holdsworth stopped after his out lap when smoke entered the cabin. The driver celebrating his 500th race this weekend returned to the track and set the 18th fastest time.

Hoping to spark a positive change in form, Tim Slade just missed the top 10 for Blanchard Racing Team leading Nulon Racing’s Scott Pye, Todd Hazelwood in the lead Truck Assist Racing Commodore and rookie Broc Feeney, who won the Super3 title at the venue in 2019.

All entries bar one were within one second as this weekend promises to be a close weekend of racing at the historic circuit based within Melbourne’s metropolitan area.

Repco Supercars Championship action continues today with an Additional Driver Practice session at 3:20pm AEST