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|