Canto on top in eventful co-driver practice

Dean Canto

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.

The first was caused by Ash Walsh who locked the brakes and found himself beached in the gravel at The Chase 10 minutes into the hit out.

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.

The car sustained heavy damage when Tim Slade crashed at The Esses in opening practice which ruled the Holden out of action for the remainder of the day.

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.

Just 24-cars ventured out as Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport worked on Alex Davison’s car following a crash for Alex Rullo in opening practice which damaged the right front corner of the Commodore.

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

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