Reynolds leads record breaking Thursday practice

Thursday 9th October, 2014 - 4:22pm

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David Reynolds

David Reynolds

David Reynolds recorded a record shattering 2:06.37s lap to top the final Thursday practice session at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Reynolds, Mark Winterbottom and Fabian Coulthard all gate-crashed the lap record in the dying seconds, with The Bottle-O Falcon almost 0.5s clear of Craig Lowndes practice benchmark, set in 2010.

The third session proved another bruising encounter with Garth Tander and Robert Dahlgren both crashing at the top of The Mountain.

The factory Holden and Volvo drivers came to grief in separate incidents at The Dipper, putting both cars out of the session.

Tander’s mistake came moments after becoming the first man to dip into the 2:07s bracket with 15 minutes remaining.

The crashes compounded an already difficult day for the two cars, which missed most of Practice 2 with mechanical problems.

Less than five minutes were left once the session restarted, resulting in a scramble for the top runners to complete two late flying laps on fresh tyres.

Robert Dahlgren's difficult first day at Bathurst continued

Robert Dahlgren’s difficult first day at Bathurst continued

Rick Kelly was on top of the sheets at the time of the stoppage but found himself 12th after the late flurry.

Lowndes was the first into the 6s with a 2:06.97s, before Winterbottom (2:06.48s) and then Reynolds lowered the benchmark further.

Coulthard put in two almost identical 2:06.5s to be the fastest Holden ahead of Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo and Jason Bright in the second of the BJR entries.

“It feels pretty good to have the current lap record at Bathurst,” reflected Reynolds post-session.

“Growing up and watching Murphy smash the lap record and then here I am today.

“I started out being pretty scared about the whole idea of racing Supercars here,” he added, noting the hairy nature of most cars this morning on the new surface.

“I nearly binned it a few times. It’s really, really edgy here. The car balance changed quite a bit but we were able to tune it up and made a few good changes.”

Lowndes fell to eighth in the late stages while team-mate Jamie Whincup struggled to 17th.

“It was a really tough day for us,” said Whincup, who lost the best part of half an hour in opening practice while the team fixed a driveline issue.

“We’re not in the ballpark with the car at the moment and we’re currently around the mid-pack. I had a suspicion that this might be the case today and it has been.

“With the massive change in track conditions as a result of the resurfacing, it’s always a lottery on how much pace you’re going to have when you roll off the truck.”

Two more practice sessions are scheduled to take place on Friday ahead of qualifying.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 3, Bathurst

1
The Bottle-O Racing Team
D.Reynolds/D.Canto
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.37
 
2
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.48
00:00.11
3
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.55
00:00.17
4
Valvoline Racing GRM
S.McLaughlin/A.Premat
Volvo S60
02:06.81
00:00.44
5
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.85
00:00.48
6
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.94
00:00.57
7
Holden Racing Team
J.Courtney/G.Murphy
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.95
00:00.58
8
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.97
00:00.60
9
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
02:07.02
00:00.64
10
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG
02:07.05
00:00.68
11
Norton Hornets
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
02:07.39
00:01.02
12
Jack Daniel's Racing
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
02:07.40
00:01.03
13
Holden Racing Team
G.Tander/W.Luff
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.64
00:01.27
14
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
02:07.72
00:01.35
15
Jack Daniel's Racing
T.Kelly/A.Buncombe
Nissan Altima
02:08.11
00:01.74
16
Erebus Team Beko
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
02:08.14
00:01.77
17
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
02:08.22
00:01.84
18
Erebus Motorsport V8
Lee Holdsworth
Mercedes E63 AMG
02:08.40
00:02.03
19
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
02:08.53
00:02.16
20
Wilson Security Racing
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG
02:08.56
00:02.19
21
Walkinshaw Racing
N.Percat/O.Gavin
Holden Commodore VF
02:08.71
00:02.34
22
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
02:08.87
00:02.50
23
Repair Management Aust Racing
Russell Ingall
Holden Commodore VF
02:09.43
00:03.05
24
Wilson Security Racing
David Wall
Ford Falcon FG
02:10.34
00:03.97
25
Valvoline Racing GRM
R.Dahlgren/G.Ritter
Volvo S60
02:10.44
00:04.07
26
Super Black Racing
A.Pedersen/ A.Heimgartner

Ford Falcon FG

02:11.05
00:04.68