Caruso driving his Nissan around the Sydney track. Photo: Supplied.
Caruso driving his Nissan around the Sydney track. Photo: Supplied.

Winds dominate opening Sydney SuperSprint practice: 'It's crazy man'

NISSAN'S Michael Caruso headed opening Supercars practice for the Sydney SuperSprint, but the session was dominated by the wind.

The strong gales buffeting all parts of the New South Wales capital are also making their presence felt at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Top speeds were knocked down by around 15 km/h by the strong headwinds, much to the drivers' shock when they started the session.

"The wind around here's crazy!" Caruso explained. "Particularly on my very first lap.

"I came down the straight and didn't get into sixth gear. I thought, is there something wrong with our engine?"

The Nissan driver headed championship leader Scott McLaughlin by almost four tenths, with Jamie Whincup rounding out the top three in a largely uneventful session.

The strong winds impacted the cars all around the 3.9 km circuit, making setup analysis difficult for all teams.

"It's crazy man!" McLaughlin said. "We're deep into (Turn) 1, it's so much fun, the car just sticks!

"Then down at 6 it pushes the car into the corner very hard, it's hard to stop."

Caruso added: "We're not doing it easy!

"Where it feels good, in terms of the wind helps the car, it doesn't help in other parts of the circuit.

"You go from a car that feels like it's handling to another part of the track where you're absolutely hanging on."

Will Davison was the only driver to strike major trouble in the session, running into a mechanical issue that left the Lightning McQueen-liveried Tekno Autosports Commodore garaged for most of the 45 minutes.

"He's a bit cranky this morning, hasn't woken up too well!" Davison joked.

"We've got a problem with the steering rack. Second lap out, something's clearly failed in the rack and we have to change it."

The cars head out for another 45 minute practice session at 3.30pm AEST.