Super2 Series leader Bryce Fullwood has gone fastest in Practice 2 at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 as Thomas Randle hit the wall hard on his way down the mountain.
Randle was third fastest when he crashed at the transition from The Esses to The Dipper just as the 40-minute session reached its halfway mark.
The #5 Tickford FGX Falcon would not turn right on exit from The Esses, leaving both driver and engineer David Paterson uncertain as to what exactly had happened.
“There’s something unusual (that) happened there for Tom to miss that corner quite that badly,” said Paterson as the recovery took place under red flag.
Fullwood recovered from a drama of his own to set the pace with a 2:05.9975s in the #16 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima, despite losing one of his new tyres due to a puncture just after the restart.
Kurt Kostecki ended up 0.2958s away in second position having spent most of the session on top, with Zane Goddard third in the second of the MW Motorsport entries.
Kostecki was fastest after the first runs with a 2:07.3807s in the #55 Triple Eight VF Commodore, 0.1701s quicker than Fullwood, who also topped Practice 1.
Fullwood, however, may have had more time in him at that stage given he set the fastest second sector before encountering traffic in the form of Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon) from The Chase to Murray’s Corner.
There was little chance for anyone to improve in the time between commencement of second runs and the red flag, although Goddard did jump to fourth having ended his first run early after scraping the #28 Altima exiting The Cutting.
After the restart, Kostecki improved to a 2:06.5828s, then immediately ran off at Hell Corner but just kept Car #55 off the wall.
Will Brown (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) got as high as second position before he was usurped by Goddard.
Kostecki found another three tenths on the lap after his off, to move to a 2:06.2933s, but it was not enough to hold on to first position as Fullwood pulled out a 2:05.9975s with the chequered flag out.
That lap was 0.8722s better than Goddard’s best, with Brown fourth and Dylan O’Keeffe (#44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore) fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 were David Russell (#33 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore), Tyler Everingham (#27 MW Motorsport Altima), Chahda, Ash Walsh (#35 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore), and Justin Ruggier (#88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore).
A bout of influenza for Jack Perkins means that Eggleston Motorsport has withdrawn the #54 VF Commodore which he was to drive in Round 5 of the Dunlop Super2 Series, allowing him to conserve energy for his Pirtek Enduro Cup role with Walkinshaw Andretti United.
Armor All Qualifying starts today at 1440 local time/AEDT, while the 250km enduro will be held tomorrow afternoon.
Results: Practice 2
|1||16||Middy’s Electrical / MWM||Bryce Fullwood||Nissan Altima||2:05.9975|
|2||55||Arcoweld Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||2:06.2933||0:00.2958|
|3||28||BGD Architects / MWM||Zane Goddard||Nissan Altima||2:06.8697||0:00.8722|
|4||38||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.0432||0:01.0457|
|5||44||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Dylan O’Keeffe||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.0500||0:01.0525|
|6||33||Sherrin Rentals||David Russell||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.1384||0:01.1409|
|7||27||R&J Batteries / MWM||Tyler Everingham||Nissan Altima||2:07.3545||0:01.3570|
|8||18||Cavalier Homes Australia||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:07.6112||0:01.6137|
|9||35||Matt Stone Racing||Ashley Walsh||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.6325||0:01.6350|
|10||88||Eggleston Motorsport||Justin Ruggier||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.8049||0:01.8074|
|11||10||Grove Hire Racing||Brenton Grove||Holden Commodore VF||2:07.8529||0:01.8554|
|12||5||Skye Sands||Thomas Randle||Ford Falcon FG/X||2:07.9303||0:01.9328|
|13||21||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.0403||0:02.0428|
|14||49||Image Racing||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.1143||0:02.1168|
|15||15||Image Racing||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||2:08.6015||0:02.6040|