Co-drivers into the 2:05s in morning practice

Cameron Waters set the pace in Practice 4

Cameron Waters set the pace in Practice 4

Cameron Waters and Luke Youlden joined the 2:05s club as co-driver practice continued for Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Driving Chaz Mostert’s Pepsi Max Ford, Waters put down the session’s best of 2:05.77s with three of the 45 minutes remaining.

The time was just 0.3s slower than Fabian Coulthard’s record setting best from Thursday afternoon’s session.

Coulthard’s own co-driver Youlden was the only other man into the 2:05s, falling just 0.1s shy of Waters with his final lap.

The times heighten expectations of further records later today when the primary drivers return to the cars.

“It’s absolutely amazing to be in the 5s,” beamed Waters, who also continues his Dunlop Series duties this weekend.

“I came here aiming to be in the 6s and to do a 5 is unreal. I’m really happy with the car and we’re really looking good for the weekend.”

The Holden Racing Team’s Russell Ingall was third fastest ahead of Red Bull’s Paul Dumbrell, who jumped up from 25th on his final lap.

Marcos Ambrose ended up fifth after spending a significant portion of the session atop the sheets thanks to a 2:06.4s best.

“I’m really proud of the team here,” he said. “We haven’t had tyres yet and I probably won’t get them until the race. But I’m really excited about our form and really comfortable.”

Steve Owen, Warren Luff, Taz Douglas, Dean Canto and Alex Buncombe completed the top 10.

David Russell’s Nissan returned to the circuit following overnight repairs, recording the 24th fastest time.

Practice 4 was devoid of any major dramas, although several drivers endured harmless offs through The Chase.

Among them was Steven Richards, who ended up 12th after a mistake on his best set of tyres.

A fifth practice session will take place later today ahead of qualifying.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 4 (Co-Drivers only), Mount Panorama 

1 Pepsi Max Crew Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 2:05.7220
2 Freightliner Racing Luke Youlden Holden Commodore VF 2:05.8330 00.1110
3 Holden Racing Team Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 2:06.2543 00.5323
4 Red Bull Racing Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 2:06.2838 00.5618
5 DJR Team Penske Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.4332 00.7112
6 Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.4433 00.7213
7 Holden Racing Team Warren Luff Holden Commodore VF 2:06.4721 00.7501
8 Nissan Motorsport Taz Douglas Nissan Altima 2:06.4853 00.7633
9 The Bottle-O Racing Team Dean Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.5399 00.8179
10 Nissan Motorsport Alex Buncombe Nissan Altima 2:06.5682 00.8462
11 Nissan Motorsport Dean Fiore Nissan Altima 2:06.5822 00.8602
12 Red Bull Racing Australia Steven Richards Holden Commodore VF 2:06.6305 00.9085
13 Wilson Security Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Volvo S60 2:06.7508 01.0288
14 Repair Management Aust Racing Oliver Gavin Holden Commodore VF 2:06.8269 01.1049
15 GB Galvanizing Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:06.9003 01.1783
16 Supercheap Auto Racing Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 2:07.1866 01.4646
17 Team Cooldrive Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VF 2:07.2079 01.4859
18 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:07.2238 01.5018
19 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 2:07.3903 01.6683
20 Erebus Motorsport V8 Jack Le Brocq Mercedes E63 AMG 2:07.4888 01.7668
21 Super Black Racing Ant Pedersen Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.5047 01.7827
22 Team Darrell Lea STIX Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 2:07.5328 01.8108
23 Wilson Security Racing GRM Chris Pither Volvo S60 2:07.6205 01.8985
24 Nissan Motorsport David Russell Nissan Altima 2:07.6944 01.9724
25 Walkinshaw Racing Sebastien Bourdais Holden Commodore VF 2:07.7882 02.0662
26 Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go Drew Russell Holden Commodore VF 2:08.5035 02.7815
27 Harvey Norman Supergirls Renee Gracie Ford Falcon FG/X 2:09.4026 03.6806

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