Luff quickest, Russell crashes in Practice 2

Thursday 8th October, 2015 - 2:38pm

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Warren Luff

Warren Luff

Warren Luff recorded the fastest time in co-driver practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 as Mount Panorama claimed its first major scalp of the weekend.

David Russell heavily damaged Rick Kelly’s Nissan with a mid-session clout of the wall at The Cutting.

The Brisbane-based driver lost the rear of the Jack Daniel’s Altima through the double-apex left-hander before making heavy right-side contact with the concrete.

“It’s not what you want, you want his confidence to be nice and high, but it’s only Thursday,” shrugged Kelly after watching the incident unfold.

The car is expected to miss the afternoon’s third practice session due to the extent of the damage.

Luff’s best time of 2:07.23s came in the final minutes, eclipsing an equally late effort from Dean Canto by 0.16s.

The Holden Racing Team driver was luckily to escape a moment across the top of the hill on his own final lap, however, that left the #2 Commodore with a right-rear guard rubbing on the tyre.

“It was one of those moments over the top of the mountain where you brace yourself and think ‘this is going to be close’,” he said. “In the end it was just a bit of a rub with the back wheel.

“We’re very happy with the balance of the car, the guys have made some big improvements between Practice 1 and that session. Hopefully we can keep that momentum going forward.”

Steven Richards also improved late to put Craig Lowndes’ Holden third quickest ahead of Alex Premat, Cameron Waters, Oliver Gavin, Steve Owen and Dean Fiore.

Marcos Ambrose went third with his 2:08.4s best inside the final 10 minutes before falling to 16th by the flag.

Renee Gracie improved steadily throughout the session, narrowly eclipsing Simona de Silvestro’s Practice 1 best on the way to 27th.

Karl Reindler managed seven laps in the #3 Lucas Dumbrell Holden after repairs from Tim Blanchard’s morning accident saw the West Aussie sidelined for the opening stages.

The day’s third and final practice session will get underway at 1520 local time.

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Result: V8 Supercars Practice 2 (Co-Drivers), Mount Panorama  

1 Holden Racing Team Warren Luff Holden Commodore VF 2:07.2034
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team Dean Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.3638 00.1604
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Steven Richards Holden Commodore VF 2:07.4106 00.2072
4 Wilson Security Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Volvo S60 2:07.6508 00.4474
5 Pepsi Max Crew Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.6935 00.4901
6 Repair Management Aust Racing Oliver Gavin Holden Commodore VF 2:07.7168 00.5134
7 Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.7408 00.5374
8 Nissan Motorsport Dean Fiore Nissan Altima 2:07.7898 00.5864
9 Supercheap Auto Racing Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 2:07.9208 00.7174
10 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:08.0194 00.8160
11 Red Bull Racing Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 2:08.1073 00.9039
12 Freightliner Racing Luke Youlden Holden Commodore VF 2:08.1207 00.9173
13 Super Black Racing Ant Pedersen Ford Falcon FG/X 2:08.1876 00.9842
14 Nissan Motorsport Alex Buncombe Nissan Altima 2:08.2741 01.0707
15 Holden Racing Team Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 2:08.3414 01.1380
16 DJR Team Penske Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon FG/X 2:08.4302 01.2268
17 Nissan Motorsport Taz Douglas Nissan Altima 2:08.5058 01.3024
18 Nissan Motorsport David Russell Nissan Altima 2:08.6305 01.4271
19 Wilson Security Racing GRM Chris Pither Volvo S60 2:08.6754 01.4720
20 GB Galvanizing Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:08.7451 01.5417
21 Team Darrell Lea STIX Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 2:08.8269 01.6235
22 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 2:08.9089 01.7055
23 Walkinshaw Racing Sebastien Bourdais Holden Commodore VF 2:08.9322 01.7288
24 Team Cooldrive Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VF 2:09.3781 02.1747
25 Erebus Motorsport V8 Jack Le Brocq Mercedes E63 AMG 2:10.4140 03.2106
26 Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go Drew Russell Holden Commodore VF 2:10.6887 03.4853
27 Harvey Norman Supergirls Renee Gracie Ford Falcon FG/X 2:11.5831 04.3797

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