Greg Murphy, David Reynolds and James Moffat have all found Hamilton’s unforgiving concrete walls in separate incidents during the second practice session of the day at the ITM400.
The Pepsi Max Crew Commodore received damage to both of its front corners after clipping the inside wall at Turn 8. The contact shot Murphy into the outside tyre barrier, bringing out the red flags.
The local hero was eventually able to drive his car back to the pits after being removed from the barrier by marshals.
Reynolds meanwhile broke the left-front upright in his The Bottle-O Racing Falcon by clipping the inside wall in the left-hand kink between Turn 6 and 7 just prior to Murphy’s crash.
James Moffat’s incident had occurred in the opening minutes, with the right-hand side of the Team Norton DJR Falcon rubbing the wall at the exit of the Turn 4 chicane. The car did not return to the track for the remainder of the session.
Tony D’Aberto ended the session fastest with a 1:23.27s best, while Reynolds, Taz Douglas, Jonathon Webb, Russell Ingall, Dean Fiore, Alexandre Premat, Jason Bright, James Courtney and Moffat rounded out the top 10.
The session featured two red flag periods, with the inside kerbing at Turn 8 requiring attention after 10 minutes.
Just five more minutes of running were completed before Murphy’s incident halted proceedings once again.
D’Alberto used the small window of opportunity to remove Reynolds from the top of the time sheets, while there were no significant improvers in the final 90s of green flag action at the end of the session.
The full field will take to the track for the first time this weekend when Practice 3 gets underway at 1345 local time.
See below for the full session result
|1||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG||8||1:23.2678|
|2||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||9||1:23.3055|
|3||Team iSelect||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VE2||12||1:23.6140|
|4||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VE2||8||1:23.6708|
|5||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VE2||9||1:23.8170|
|6||Jim Beam Racing||Dean Fiore||Ford Falcon FG||10||1:24.0884|
|7||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VE2||10||1:24.2452|
|8||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VE2||9||1:24.3299|
|9||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VE2||9||1:24.3962|
|10||Team Norton DJR||James Moffat||Ford Falcon FG||4||1:24.4882|
|11||Tekno Autosports||Michael Patrizi||Holden Commodore VE2||10||1:24.7040|
|12||Pepsi Max Crew||Greg Murphy||Holden Commodore VE2||4||1:24.9376|
|13||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Karl Reindler||Holden Commodore VE2||6||1:25.0586|
|14||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VE2||10||1:25.1719|
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