Caruso upstages favourites in first Bathurst practice

  • Thursday 4th October, 2012 11:28am
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Michael Caruso across the top of the hill

Michael Caruso across the top of the hill

Michael Caruso has upstaged the pre-race favourites by topping first practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in his Fujitsu Racing Holden.

Caruso set the fastest two times of the session on his final two flying laps, leaving the benchmark at 2:08.41s.

Jamie Whincup had earlier been the first to break into the 2:08s halfway through the 50 minutes of running. His time stood as the fastest for almost 20 minutes until Caruso’s late run.

Shane van Gisbergen, Steve Owen and Mark Winterbottom filled third through fifth in their Fords, while Greg Murphy was sixth despite reporting a serious imbalance in the handling of his Kelly Racing Holden.

Garth Tander, Will Davison, Michael Patrizi and David Reynolds rounded out the top 10 in a session that ran green for its duration.

As expected, the primary drivers did the bulk of the initial running in each car.

Nine co-drivers did take to the circuit in the closing stages, including Steven Richards in car #5 and Warren Luff in car #888.

Frenchman Alexandre Premat, one of five rookies in the field, improved steadily during his session-high 18 laps to end up 24th.

Cameron Waters completed the 29 car field in the Shannons Supercar Showdown entry, some 5.6s adrift of Caruso’s best effort.

The V8 Supercars will return to the circuit at 1255 local time for a 45 minute, co-drivers only, second practice.

See below for the full session result

1Michael CarusoHolden Commodore VE22:08.4081
2Jamie WhincupHolden Commodore VE22:08.56080:00.1527
3Shane Van GisbergenFord Falcon FG2:08.82350:00.4154
4Steve OwenFord Falcon FG2:08.95130:00.5432
5M.Winterbottom/S.RichardsFord Falcon FG2:09.04970:00.6416
6Greg MurphyHolden Commodore VE22:09.09160:00.6835
7Garth TanderHolden Commodore VE22:09.12790:00.7198
8Will DavisonFord Falcon FG2:09.24710:00.8390
9Michael PatriziHolden Commodore VE22:09.32540:00.9173
10David ReynoldsFord Falcon FG2:09.46690:01.0588
11Lee HoldsworthFord Falcon FG2:09.56540:01.1573
12R.Ingall/C.KlienHolden Commodore VE22:09.60640:01.1983
13Rick KellyHolden Commodore VE22:09.67980:01.2717
14C.Lowndes/W.LuffHolden Commodore VE22:09.79430:01.3862
15Jonathon WebbHolden Commodore VE22:09.83170:01.4236
16D.Fiore/M.HallidayFord Falcon FG2:09.89580:01.4877
17James CourtneyHolden Commodore VE22:09.91500:01.5069
18Tony D’AlbertoFord Falcon FG2:09.91730:01.5092
19T.Slade/A.ThompsonFord Falcon FG2:10.01570:01.6076
20J.Bright/A.JonesHolden Commodore VE22:10.08050:01.6724
21David WallHolden Commodore VE22:10.11430:01.7062
22Fabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VE22:10.19970:01.7916
23Todd KellyHolden Commodore VE22:10.38150:01.9734
24Alexandre PrematHolden Commodore VE22:10.40000:01.9919
25J.Moffat/A.DavisonFord Falcon FG2:10.43250:02.0244
26S.Johnson/A.SimonsenFord Falcon FG2:10.47430:02.0662
27Taz DouglasHolden Commodore VE22:10.65070:02.2426
28K.Reindler/D.GauntHolden Commodore VE22:11.33620:02.9281
29Cameron WatersHolden Commodore VE22:13.99720:05.5891

See below for’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Race Guide

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