Coulthard leads DJRTP one-two in Bathurst Warm Up

Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard has topped Warm Up for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with the only ‘four’ of the session, leaving him two tenths ahead of pole sitting team-mate Scott McLaughlin.

Coulthard took over the lead on his second timed lap with a 2:04.9307s before handing over the #12 DJR Team Penske Mustang to co-driver Tony D’Alberto.

McLaughlin moved into second position with a lap 0.3880s slower near the end of the session, which Alexandre Premat started in Car #17.

The New Zealander set the fastest first sector on his next lap but was 0.1955s slower than Coulthard when he took the chequered flag.

Rick Kelly put the #15 Castrol Altima which he will share with Dale Wood into third position with a 2:05.3449s.

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team entries were less than a tenth of a second apart in fourth and fifth after Garth Tander set a 2:05.4166s in Shane van Gisbergen’s #97 ZB Commodore and Jamie Whincup clocked a 2:05.4969s before Craig Lowndes hopped into Car #888.

Tander predicted more laps in the 2:04s bracket during the race, stating, “It won’t be repetitively, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see ‘fours’ in the race.

“It looks like the fuel has got a big influence over car speed at the moment; full tank to light tank speed-wise is a lot faster.

“I don’t think you’ll see any tyre deg(radiation) but you’ll see the cars just going faster and faster as the fuel load comes off.”

Rounding out the top 10 was the #99 Penrite ZB Commodore, the #2 Mobil 1 ZB Commodore, the #55 Supercheap Auto Mustang, the #18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore, and the #23 Milwaukee Mustang.

Teams used the 20-minute session to practice pit stops, including rotor changes, for which there were multiple systems on display across pit lane.

DJRTP and Kelly Racing employ a system whereby the rotor and caliper are swapped as one unit, while Triple Eight Race Engineering was changing rotors and pads separately.

Tickford/23Red Racing appeared to have a problem with a pad change on the #23 Ford of Will Davison/Alex Davison, as every car toured pit lane at least once during the session.

Unlike the days prior, the Warm Up was held in sunny conditions, and ran uninterrupted.

The next time cars will be on track will be for the Great Race itself, which officially starts at 1130 local time/AEDT.

Results: Warm Up

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Fastest lap Split
1 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Mustang GT 2:04.9307
2 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Ford Mustang GT 2:05.1262 0:00.1955
3 15 Castrol Racing R.Kelly/D.Wood Nissan Altima 2:05.3449 0:00.4142
4 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team S.van Gisbergen/G.Tander Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.4166 0:00.4859
5 888 Red Bull Holden Racing Team J.Whincup/C.Lowndes Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.4969 0:00.5662
6 99 Penrite Racing A.De Pasquale/W.Brown Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.5033 0:00.5726
7 2 Mobil 1 Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.5281 0:00.5974
8 55 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/J.Moffat Ford Mustang GT 2:05.6343 0:00.7036
9 18 Irwin Racing M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.6364 0:00.7057
10 23 Milwaukee Racing W.Davison/A.Davison Ford Mustang GT 2:05.7022 0:00.7715
11 22 Mobil 1 Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.7697 0:00.8390
12 9 Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.8509 0:00.9202
13 6 Monster Energy Racing Team C.Waters/M.Caruso Ford Mustang GT 2:05.9234 0:00.9927
14 14 Freightliner Alliance Racing T.Slade/A.Walsh Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.0034 0:01.0727
15 34 Boost Mobile Racing J.Golding/R.Muscat Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.0760 0:01.1453
16 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team L.Holdsworth/T.Randle Ford Mustang GT 2:06.1982 0:01.2675
17 35 Bigmate Racing T.Hazelwood/J.Smith Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.2958 0:01.3651
18 7 Plus Fitness Racing A.Heimgartner/B.Fullwood Nissan Altima 2:06.3339 0:01.4032
19 56 Team Arcoweld Racing B.Kostecki/J.Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.4675 0:01.5368
20 3 Racing G.Jacobson/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 2:06.6470 0:01.7163
21 78 Team Harvey Norman S.De Silvestro/A.Rullo Nissan Altima 2:06.9144 0:01.9837
22 21 Team CoolDrive M.Jones/D.Canto Holden Commodore ZB 2:07.4329 0:02.5022
23 27 NAPA Auto Parts Racing A.Rossi/J.Hinchcliffe Holden Commodore ZB 2:07.5300 0:02.5993
24 33 Boost Mobile Racing R.Stanaway/C.Pither Holden Commodore ZB 2:07.6413 0:02.7106
25 8 7-Eleven Mobil Racing N.Percat/T.Blanchard Holden Commodore ZB 2:07.9765 0:03.0458
26 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing J.Le Brocq/J.Webb Holden Commodore ZB 2:09.3961 0:04.4654

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