Mostert fastest as Slade, Rullo crash in Practice 1

Tom Howard

Thursday 5th October, 2017 - 11:30am

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Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert topped the times in a crash strewn opening practice session for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Prodrive Racing Australia driver clocked a 2:06.30s effort in the final moments of the 60 minute session.

Mostert shot to the top of the times prior to the first of two red flag periods, which was caused by Brad Jones Racing’s Tim Slade.

The South Australian lost the rear of his Holden resulting in him finding the barriers at the Esses, before a secondary impact in the the wall at The Dipper.

The session was halted just prior to the halfway mark before a further stoppage in the final 20 minutes, when Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Alex Rullo found the wall at Forrest’s Elbow, which resulted in damage to the front right of the Holden.

Tim Slade walked from the wreckage pic: Matthew Paul Photography

A flurry of fast times merged in the final 10 minutes when action resumed.

Mostert was among a group to improve as he posted his benchmark time that was four tenths slower than the pace set in opening practice last year.

Triple Eight’s Craig Lowndes shot to second late on with the six-time Bathurst winner 0.06s shy of Mostert.

Todd Kelly was third after recovering from an oil leak earlier in the session with the Nissan driver ahead of Shell V-Power Racing’s Fabian Coulthard and Nissan team-mate Michael Caruso.

Coulthard and Caruso both enjoyed spells at the top of the times.

Sandown 500 winner Cameron Waters moved to sixth following a late run on green tyres.

Alex Rullo following his crash in practice pic: Fox Sports

Championship leader Scott McLaughlin claimed seventh ahead of Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds, who had a brief spin early in the running.

Rick Kelly finished the session ninth after recovering from an issue that saw smoke fill the cabin in the opening minutes.

Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup rounded out the top 10, while team-mate Shane van Gisbergen could only manage a time good enough for 23rd position.

Garth Tander was left to settle for 11th having top the times early in the session, while Mark Winterbottom (Prodrive) was 16th spot.

Supercars co-drivers will jump behind the wheel for the next 60 minute practice session at 1235 local time.

VIDEO: Practice 1 highlights

Results: Virgin Australian Supercars Championship Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Practice 1

1 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.3033
2 888 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 2:06.3647 0.0614
3 20 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 2:06.5264 0.2231
4 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.6051 0.3018
5 23 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 2:06.6265 0.3232
6 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.6286 0.3253
7 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.7452 0.4419
8 9 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 2:06.7718 0.4685
9 15 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 2:06.7720 0.4687
10 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 2:06.7822 0.4789
11 33 Wilson Security Racing GRM G.Tander/J.Golding Holden Commodore VF 2:06.7832 0.4799
12 8 Brad Jones Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 2:06.9421 0.6388
13 56 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.0891 0.7858
14 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 2:07.0950 0.7917
15 34 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/R.Muscat Holden Commodore VF 2:07.2899 0.9866
16 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.3572 1.0539
17 18 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 2:07.3992 1.0959
18 19 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 2:07.4176 1.1143
19 99 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 2:07.4553 1.1520
20 02 Mobil 1 HSV Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 2:07.6645 1.3612
21 21 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 2:07.6976 1.3943
22 22 Mobil 1 HSV Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 2:07.7792 1.4759
23 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 2:07.8462 1.5429
24 3 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 2:08.1533 1.8500
25 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 2:08.9650 2.6617
26 62 Repair Management Aust Racing Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 2:09.7032 3.3999

 

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