Richards fastest as Thompson finds trouble

Thursday 10th October, 2013 - 2:14pm

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The Slade/Thompson Mercedes is returned to pitlane

The Slade/Thompson Mercedes is returned to pitlane

Steve Richards put Ford Performance Racing ahead of arch rivals Red Bull in the co-driver’s only second practice session at Bathurst.

Warren Luff sat atop the order for much of the session, before team-mate Paul Dumbrell became the first man to lap in the 2:10s inside the final 10 minutes.

The top times remained stagnant until Richards’ last effort with just seconds remaining; his 2:10.55s effort proving quickest by 0.42s.

“We are battling a little with balance,” Richards told Speedcafe.com afterward, despite topping the session.

Steven Richards took the #5 FPR Falcon to the fastest time

Steven Richards took the #5 FPR Falcon to the fastest time

“But you only have to drop 10 degrees in ambient and track temperature and all of a sudden the balance will change.”

Steven Johnson was the fastest of the Mercedes runners in fourth, but it was team-mate Andrew Thompson who stole much of the attention with an early off at The Chase.

With debris having cut a brake line, the #47 Mercedes surfed through the gravel before making front-on contact with the tyre wall at an estimated 80km/h.

A lengthy red flag period was required to extract the HHA-backed entry from the gravel.

The second Mercedes, driven by Craig Baird, set the sixth fastest time, with the two Erebus entries sandwiching Taz Dougals’ lead Nissan.

Mattias Ekstrom was seventh in his very first look at Mount Panorama, while David Russell, Paul Morris and Steve Owen completed the top 10.

A third and final practice session for all drivers will complete today’s running.

See below for the full Practice 2 result

1 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 02:10.55
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 02:10.97 00:00.42
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Warren Luff Holden Commodore VF 02:11.02 00:00.47
4 SP Tools Racing Steven Johnson Mercedes E63 AMG 02:11.29 00:00.74
5 Norton Hornets Taz Douglas Nissan Altima 02:11.41 00:00.86
6 Irwin Racing Craig Baird Mercedes E63 AMG 02:11.49 00:00.94
7 XBOX ONE Racing Mattias Ekstrom Holden Commodore VF 02:11.55 00:01.00
8 Jack Daniel’s Racing David Russell Nissan Altima 02:11.79 00:01.24
9 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Holden Commodore VF 02:11.81 00:01.26
10 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 02:11.83 00:01.28
11 Dodo Insurance Racing Matthew Halliday Holden Commodore VF 02:11.87 00:01.32
12 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VF 02:12.01 00:01.46
13 Wilson Security Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore VF 02:12.06 00:01.50
14 The Bottle-O FPR Ford Dean Canto Ford Falcon FG 02:12.07 00:01.51
15 Jeld-wen FPR Ford John McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 02:12.16 00:01.61
16 Wilson Security Racing Dale Wood Ford Falcon FG 02:12.19 00:01.64
17 Fujitsu Racing GRM Greg Ritter Holden Commodore VF 02:12.25 00:01.70
18 Holden Racing Team Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VF 02:12.48 00:01.92
19 Fujitsu Racing GRM Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 02:12.53 00:01.97
20 TEKNO team VIP Petfoods Jeroen Bleekemolen Holden Commodore VF 02:12.55 00:01.99
21 Lockwood Racing Luke Youlden Holden Commodore VF 02:12.59 00:02.04
22 Holden Racing Team Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 02:12.67 00:02.12
23 Norton Hornets Daniel Gaunt Nissan Altima 02:12.95 00:02.40
24 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Andrew Thompson Mercedes E63 AMG 02:13.09 00:02.54
25 Jack Daniel’s Racing Karl Reindler Nissan Altima 02:13.40 00:02.84
26 TEKNO team Darrell Lea Marc Lieb Holden Commodore VF 02:13.50 00:02.94
27 Supercheap Auto Racing Ryan Briscoe Holden Commodore VF 02:13.63 00:03.08
28 Wilson Security Racing Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 02:13.80 00:03.24
29 Team HIFLEX Jonny Reid Holden Commodore VF 02:13.82 00:03.26

 

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