Macauley Jones has topped the Rookie Practice session at the Repco SuperSprint The Bend with a late flyer.
The Brad Jones Racing driver was fastest initially before snatching the spot back from Matt Stone Racing’s Garry Jacobson in the final minute of the 20-minute hit-out on The Bend’s International Circuit layout.
Jones’ 1:50.1797s was almost half a second up on the field after the top three had, at one point, been covered by less than four hundredths of a second during the latter half of the session.
Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Bryce Fullwood ended up third ahead of Team Sydney’s Chris Pither, BJR’s Jack Smith, and MSR’s Zane Goddard.
Jones (#3 CoolDrive ZB Commodore) had started off with a 1:51.8604s before Fullwood (#2 Mobil 1 Middy’s ZB Commodore) moved the benchmark to a 1:51.3831s on his second timed lap.
That stood until Jones’ fourth flyer, when he returned to the top with a 1:51.1574s just before pitting.
Jacobson (#35 Yellow Cover ZB Commodore) started his second run with a 1:51.1223s before Pither (#22 Coca-Cola ZB Commodore) moved into third with a time 0.0398s slower than the new fastest lap.
Jacobson improved further in the final minute to a 1:50.6633s and was then joined in the sub-1:51s by Fullwood.
However, Jones usurped both with his 1:50.1797s to end up quickest for the session, while Pither also found some more time to be last within a second of fastest, in fourth position.
All six drivers ran throughout on soft tyres, per the weekend allocation.
Practice 1 starts at 09:10 local time/09:40 AEST.
Results: Rookie Practice
|1||3||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:50.1797|
|2||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:50.6633||0:00.4836|
|3||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:50.7177||0:00.5380|
|4||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:50.9567||0:00.7770|
|5||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:51.8392||0:01.6595|
|6||34||UNIT Racing||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:51.9110||0:01.7313|