Anton De Pasquale has gone quickest in a second Supercars Championship practice session at Albert Park which ended early due to a crash for Macauley Jones.
The Brad Jones Racing driver ran off at significant speed at the end of Walker Straight (main straight) and made it all the way to the barriers at the end of the run-off area.
Replays suggested that Jones may have been the victim of a mechanical failure in #3 Team CoolDrive ZB Commodore, with engineer Julian Stannard stating that a rear brake failure may have been to blame, and that his driver hit the wall at around 80km/h.
With a red flag called with around two minutes remaining, the session did not restart.
De Pasquale finished fastest with a 1:56.6379s on soft compound tyres, from Penrite Racing team-mate David Reynolds, Kelly Racing’s Rick Kelly (#15 Castrol Mustang), and the Practice 1 top two of Red Bull Holden Racing Team duo Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.
Fastest on the hard compound, according to the computer timing screen, was Team 18’s Mark Winterbottom on a 1:57.1741s in seventh position.
De Pasquale was quickest early on with a 1:56.8579s on soft tyres in the #99 ZB Commodore while Scott McLaughlin (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) and then Bryce Fullwood (#2 Mobil 1 Middy’s ZB Commodore), the latter with a 1:58.1783s once he got in a proper run, held sway on hards.
Van Gisbergen jumped up the order with soft tyres on Triple Eight Race Engineering’s #97 ZB Commodore for his second run.
He moved to sixth with a 1:57.4935s, set a 1:57.2650s despite a slow middle sector on his next lap, and then a 1:57.0507s which saw the Kiwi go to fourth on his third straight flyer.
De Pasquale, fellow Erebus Motorsport driver Reynolds (#9 ZB Commodore), and Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) remained first, second, and third respectively with no advance on their first runs, while Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) had become the fastest hard tyre runner in sixth position on a 1:57.1741s.
Kelly jumped up to third in the 25th minute, on his third run, shortly before De Pasquale improved further to what would stand up as the very fastest lap of the half-hour session.
Will Davison (#23 Milwaukee Mustang) ended up sixth at 0.5304s off the pace, while Tickford Racing stablemate Jack Le Brocq remained eighth having been fastest to the first sector in the #55 Supercheap Auto Mustang when Jones came to grief and caused the early end to proceedings.
Rounding out the top 10 were the other two Tickford drivers in Lee Holdsworth (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) and Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang), while McLaughlin was 11th on a 1:57.7882s set on hard tyres.
Scott Pye did get out after stopping with electrical problems in Practice 1 and put the #20 DeWalt ZB Commodore into 20th position, one position ahead of Fabian Coulthard (#12 Shell V-Power Mustang).
Andre Heimgartner was officially 23rd without a representative lap time after encountering a long pedal in the #7 Ned Mustang, and Jones, who was later seen standing in the paddock area, 24th.
Qualifying for the first two races of the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400, in the form of two 10-minute sessions, will be run this afternoon at 16:10 and 16:30 local time/AEDT.
Results: Practice 2
|1||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.6379||S|
|2||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.9238||S||0:00.2859|
|3||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||1:56.9433||S||0:00.3054|
|4||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.0230||S||0:00.3851|
|5||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.0507||S||0:00.4128|
|6||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:57.1683||S||0:00.5304|
|7||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.1741||H||0:00.5362|
|8||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:57.5800||H||0:00.9421|
|9||5||Truck Assist Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:57.7462||S||0:01.1083|
|10||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:57.7855||H||0:01.1476|
|11||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:57.7882||H||0:01.1503|
|12||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.7928||H||0:01.1549|
|13||25||Mobil 1 TM Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.9010||H||0:01.2631|
|14||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.9205||S||0:01.2826|
|15||19||Local Legends||Alex Davison||Holden Commodore ZB||1:58.2910||S||0:01.6531|
|16||8||Dunlop Super Dealer Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:58.4426||S||0:01.8047|
|17||14||Plus Fintess Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:58.7261||S||0:02.0882|
|18||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:59.0016||S||0:02.3637|
|19||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:59.8233||H||0:03.1854|
|20||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:59.8474||H||0:03.2095|
|21||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||2:00.5744||H||0:03.9365|
|22||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||2:01.1604||H||0:04.5225|
|23||7||NED Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||4:37.6102||S||2:40.9723|
|24||3||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||7:19.7634||S||5:23.1255|