Caruso upstages favourites in first Bathurst practice

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

1 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 2:08.4081
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 2:08.5608 0:00.1527
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 2:08.8235 0:00.4154
4 Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 2:08.9513 0:00.5432
5 M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Ford Falcon FG 2:09.0497 0:00.6416
6 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.0916 0:00.6835
7 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.1279 0:00.7198
8 Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 2:09.2471 0:00.8390
9 Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.3254 0:00.9173
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 2:09.4669 0:01.0588
11 Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 2:09.5654 0:01.1573
12 R.Ingall/C.Klien Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.6064 0:01.1983
13 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.6798 0:01.2717
14 C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.7943 0:01.3862
15 Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.8317 0:01.4236
16 D.Fiore/M.Halliday Ford Falcon FG 2:09.8958 0:01.4877
17 James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.9150 0:01.5069
18 Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 2:09.9173 0:01.5092
19 T.Slade/A.Thompson Ford Falcon FG 2:10.0157 0:01.6076
20 J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VE2 2:10.0805 0:01.6724
21 David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 2:10.1143 0:01.7062
22 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 2:10.1997 0:01.7916
23 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 2:10.3815 0:01.9734
24 Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 2:10.4000 0:01.9919
25 J.Moffat/A.Davison Ford Falcon FG 2:10.4325 0:02.0244
26 S.Johnson/A.Simonsen Ford Falcon FG 2:10.4743 0:02.0662
27 Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 2:10.6507 0:02.2426
28 K.Reindler/D.Gaunt Holden Commodore VE2 2:11.3362 0:02.9281
29 Cameron Waters Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.9972 0:05.5891

See below for’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Race Guide

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