Lowndes leads the way in Practice 1

  • Thursday 10th October, 2013 11:29am
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Craig Lowndes' Red Bull Holden receives service in the Bathurst garage

Craig Lowndes’ Red Bull Holden receives service in the Bathurst garage

Craig Lowndes has made a strong start to his bid for a sixth Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victory by topping the opening practice session.

The Red Bull Holden lapped the sun-bathed venue in a best of 2:10.10s with eight of the 50 minutes remaining.

The session was devoid of stoppages, with teams quickly setting about the business of tuning their new-for-2013 Car of the Future vehicles to the mountain circuit.

Mark Winterbottom ended up with the second fastest time ahead of Jason Bright, David Reynolds and Jamie Whincup.

In an encouraging sign for Nissan and Erebus, both teams put a car in the top 10 for the session.

James Moffat led the Altimas in seventh despite a mid-session rub with a wall, while Slade put his E63 in ninth.

Lowndes didn’t figure at the top of the order until the final 15 minutes, at which point he was already on a second set of his pre-marked tyres.

“Our first set weren’t as good as what we thought they’d be, so we opted to go for our second set earlier than what we’d planned,” he told Speedcafe.com.

“In the end it turned out to be a great benefit because we got our balance back. We were able to tune the car and it gave me the feedback we were looking for.”

Following concerns that extended periods on the rev limiters, particularly at the end of Conrod, V8 Supercars monitored the session to see if a gear ratio change will be necessary.

“I didn’t hit the limiter at all,” reported Lowndes.

“We’ve got a very strong cross wind at the moment the car was buffeted around quite a lot. We’ve got five lights (shift lights on the dash) and I got three lights going into the Chase on my best lap.

“If anyone has been on the limiter then good luck…”

Andy Priaulx spent the entire session in the Xbox wildcard entry, making the most of a healthy tyre bank to end the session 12th.

A total of 11 co-drivers jumped aboard their respective cars for the final minutes of the session ahead of the co-driver only Practice 2.

The Practice 1 pace proved considerably slower than that of the opening session last year, where the benchmark had been a 2:08.4s.

See below for the full session result

1Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VF02:10.10
2Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG02:10.2800:00.17
3Team BOCJ.Bright/A.JonesHolden Commodore VF02:10.3600:00.25
4The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG02:10.3800:00.28
5Red Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VF02:10.5600:00.46
6Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG02:10.6300:00.53
7Norton HornetsJames MoffatNissan Altima02:10.6900:00.59
8Dodo Insurance RacingD.Fiore/M.HallidayHolden Commodore VF02:10.6900:00.59
9Heavy Haulage Australia RacingT.Slade/A.ThompsonMercedes E63 AMG02:10.7200:00.61
10Fujitsu Racing GRMS.McLaughlin/J.PerkinsHolden Commodore VF02:10.7200:00.62
11Irwin RacingL.Holdsworth/C.BairdMercedes E63 AMG02:10.8600:00.76
12XBOX ONE RacingAndy PriaulxHolden Commodore VF02:10.9700:00.87
13TEKNO team VIP PetfoodsS.Van Gisbergen/BleekemolenHolden Commodore VF02:11.0000:00.90
14Wilson Security RacingChaz MostertFord Falcon FG02:11.1000:01.00
15Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoHolden Commodore VF02:11.1200:01.02
16Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VF02:11.1400:01.04
17Fujitsu Racing GRMA.Premat/G.RitterHolden Commodore VF02:11.2400:01.14
18Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VF02:11.4300:01.33
19Norton HornetsMichael CarusoNissan Altima02:11.4600:01.36
20Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG02:11.6300:01.53
21Sargent Security RacingS.Pye/P.MorrisHolden Commodore VF02:11.6400:01.53
22Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VF02:11.6700:01.57
23TEKNO team Darrell LeaJ.Webb/M.LiebHolden Commodore VF02:11.8100:01.70
24Wilson Security RacingTim BlanchardFord Falcon FG02:11.9400:01.84
25Jack Daniel’s RacingT.Kelly/D.RussellNissan Altima02:12.0900:01.98
26Supercheap Auto RacingR.Ingall/R.BriscoeHolden Commodore VF02:12.4700:02.37
27Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyNissan Altima02:12.5100:02.41
28Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VF02:12.5900:02.48
29SP Tools RacingMaro EngelMercedes E63 AMG02:12.7200:02.62


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