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Thursday, Oct 10 01:17pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

WATCH: Whincup tops pacey practice as Jones crashes

The field isn’t far off record-setting pace after Jamie Whincup clocked a 2:04.6744 in Practice 1 of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

 

The Practice lap record stands at a 2:04.1 with the Qualifying record at 2:03.8 by Shell V-Power Racing Team ace Scott McLaughlin.

 

“It’s obviously early days, we’re running through our program, but the car feel pretty good out the gate,” Whincup said.

 

“I hate starting seconds off and having to chase. There’s still a huge job to do in terms of tuning the car as the weekend goes on. So far so good.”

 

Almost immediately the field dropped into the 2miute6second bracket on warm up tyres. McLaughlin was the first to go below that on a 2:05.9670, which was beaten fairly quickly.

 

 

The session was red flagged 25 minutes into the session when Tim Blanchard Racing driver Macauley Jones backed his Holden Commdore ZB into the wall at the cutting. The hit caved the bumper and boot in as well as causing the roof line to buckle.

 

When the session resumed it was David Reynolds of Penrite Racing who shot to the top of the time sheets, however, he was demoted down the order late in the session.

 

The final half ran without incident, barring some off-road excursions at The Chase. Ultimately, it was the Red Bull Holden Racing Team pairing of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes that led the way.

 

 

Lee Holdsworth and Thomas Randle lay second just 0.190 adrift in their Tickford Racing-run Ford Mustang. Anton de Pasquale and Will Brown lay third for Penrite Racing with Chaz Mostert and James Moffat fourth in the second of the Tickford Racing entries. Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander completed the top five for Red Bull Holden Racing Team.

 

Both Shell V-Power Racing pairings of Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto and Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat made it into the top 10 down in seventh and eighth respectively.

 

Andre Heimgartner was on the fringe of the front runners alongside Bryce Fullwood in 11th for Kelly Racing. Steven Richards was 19th in the IRWIN Racing entry he’ll share with Mark Winterbottom.

 

The Richie Stanaway/Chris Pither pairing was 22nd for Garry Rogers Motorsport. 

 

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Practice 1

 

Pos  No.  Driver Laps Time Diff Int
1 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 19 2'04.6744      
2 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 20 2'04.8648 +0.1904   +0.1904
3 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale 17 2'05.0634 +0.3890 +0.1986
4 55 Australia Chaz Mostert 19 2'05.0945 +0.4201 +0.0311
5 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 16 2'05.1578 +0.4834 +0.0633
6 9 Australia David Reynolds 15 2'05.2012 +0.5268 +0.0434
7 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 20 2'05.2210 +0.5466 +0.0198
8 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 20 2'05.3329 +0.6585 +0.1119
9 15 Australia Rick Kelly 16 2'05.4112 +0.7368 +0.0783
10 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 18 2'05.4728 +0.7984 +0.0616
11 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 18 2'05.7383 +1.0639 +0.2655
12 23 Australia Will Davison 17 2'05.8082 +1.1338 +0.0699
13 6 Australia Cameron Waters 20 2'05.8094 +1.1350 +0.0012
14 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood 18 2'05.8689 +1.1945 +0.0595
15 8 Australia Nick Percat 20 2'05.9786 +1.3042 +0.1097
16 14 Australia Tim Slade 17 2'06.0683 +1.3939 +0.0897
17 34 Australia James Golding 21 2'06.0912 +1.4168 +0.0229
18 2 Australia Scott Pye 19 2'06.2302 +1.5558 +0.1390
19 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 19 2'06.2446 +1.5702 +0.0144
20 3 Australia Garry Jacobson 20 2'06.3389 +1.6645 +0.0943
21 22 Australia James Courtney 19 2'06.7077 +2.0333 +0.3688
22 33 New Zealand Richie Stanaway 23 2'06.9316 +2.2572 +0.2239
23 56 Australia Brodie Kostecki 16 2'07.5973 +2.9229 +0.6657
24 21 Australia Macauley Jones 7 2'07.6944 +3.020 +0.0971
25 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq 20 2'08.0006 +3.3262 +0.3062
26 27 United States Alexander Rossi 23 2'09.2497 +4.5753 +1.2491

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