Canto on top in eventful co-driver practice
Dean Canto set the pace in an eventful opening co-driver practice session of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Mark Winterbottom’s co-driver fired in a 2:06.32s effort in the dying seconds of the 60 minute session to topple Prodrive team-mate Steve Owen in the #55 Supercheap Auto Falcon.
Canto’s time proved 0.4s faster than Owen, who had enjoyed two spells at the top of the timesheets.
Shell V-Power Racing’s Tony D’Alberto was third fastest ahead of Luke Youlden in the #9 Erebus Motorsport Holden as times tumbled towards the end of Practice 2.
James Golding put the #33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden in fifth in front of Sandown 500 winner Richie Stanaway.
Following on from opening practice, the session was once again interrupted by two red flag periods.
Walsh was behind the wheel of the #8 Brad Jones Racing Commodore for a three lap run to assess his fitness, while his team repairs the #14 Freightliner Racing Holden.
Action resumed for a further seven minutes before red flags were shown after Richard Muscat found the wall at The Dipper in the #34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden he shares with James Moffat.
The incident limited Muscat to just five laps, clocking the slowest time of the session.
The top 10 was completed by Jack Perkins (#22 Mobil HSV Racing), Steven Richards (#888 Triple Eight), Chris Pither (#99 Erebus Motorsport) and Garry Jacobson (#56 Prodrive).
Alex Premat in the #17 Shell Ford and Paul Dumbrell in #88 Red Bull Holden enjoyed a period at the top of the times before sliding to 16th and 17th respectively.
Matt Campbell was 23rd in the #97 Red Bull Holden he shares with Shane van Gisbergen.
Primary drivers will jump back in the cars for today’s final 60 minute session, which begins at 1445 local time.
Results: Virgin Australian Supercars Championship Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Practice 2
|1||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Dean Canto||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:06.3269|
|2||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Steve Owen||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:06.7668||0.4399|
|3||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:06.7830||0.4561|
|4||9||Erebus Penrite Racing||Luke Youlden||Holden Commodore VF||2:06.9971||0.6702|
|5||33||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Golding||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.2322||0.9053|
|6||6||Monster Energy Racing||Richie Stanaway||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:07.3126||0.9857|
|7||22||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.3404||1.0135|
|8||888||TeamVortex||Steven Richards||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.3617||1.0348|
|9||99||Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.4537||1.1268|
|10||56||MEGA Racing||Garry Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:07.4807||1.1538|
|11||19||TEKNO Woodstock Racing||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.5694||1.2425|
|12||20||carsales Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Nissan Altima||2:07.6936||1.3667|
|13||02||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.7072||1.3803|
|14||18||Preston Hire Racing||Karl Reindler||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.7142||1.3873|
|15||21||Team CoolDrive||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.7163||1.3894|
|16||78||Team Harvey Norman||David Russell||Nissan Altima||2:07.7289||1.4020|
|17||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Alexandre Premat||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:07.9771||1.6502|
|18||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.2637||1.9368|
|19||23||Nissan Motorsport||Dean Fiore||Nissan Altima||2:08.4664||2.1395|
|20||15||Sengled Racing||David Wall||Nissan Altima||2:08.5496||2.2227|
|21||8||Brad Jones Racing||M.Jones/A.Walsh||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.5784||2.2515|
|22||3||Plus Fitness Racing||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.5829||2.2560|
|23||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Matthew Campbell||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.6662||2.3393|
|24||34||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Richard Muscat||Holden Commodore VF||2:09.8924||3.5655|