Heimgartner fastest in Supercars Practice 2 in Townsville
Friday 8th July, 2022 - 3:36pm
Brad Jones Racing’s Andre Heimgartner has gone fastest in Friday practice at the NTI Townsville 500.
Heimgartner clocked the fastest two laps of Practice 2 for the Repco Supercars Championship field in the #8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore, ending the half-hour session with a best time of 1:13.4196s.
That put him 0.0985s ahead of Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) and 0.1179s up on championship leader Shane van Gisbergen (#97 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore), who completed the top three.
Waters was quickest at the end of the first runs with a 1:14.4286s and, despite a flurry of improvements around the 10-minute mark of the session, was back on top with a 1:13.5181s once the second runs were done too.
Triple Eight Racing Engineering’s van Gisbergen was 0.0194s slower and Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) third at 0.3041s off the pace at the time, which remained the case until the final runs.
Then, Macauley Jones (#96 Pizza Hut ZB Commodore) jumped to third with a 1:13.7902s, shuffling team-mate Heimgartner to 11th.
The New Zealander then set a 1:13.4698s just prior to the chequered flag and made it consecutive fastest laps on his very last lap of the session.
However, he was not entirely happy with his efforts, saying the back-to-back improvements “shouldn’t have” been the case.
“The tyres were definitely better on the first lap, I think,” said Heimgartner.
“But, it’s so interesting, the track is evolving so fast, so we managed to make some good changes that went with the track evolution.
“It’s really nice this weekend, we’ve got a pretty solid base to start with.
“Obviously the BJR car around here is good but couldn’t be happier to end Friday.”
Behind that top three of Heimgartner, Waters on the aforementioned time, and van Gisbergen on a 1:13.5375s, Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert took fourth with a late 1:13.7454s in the #25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore, with Jones ending up fifth.
Davison was sixth-quickest all told and Bryce Fullwood (#14 Middy’s ZB Commodore) made for three BJR entries in the top seven.
The rest of the top 10 was Todd Hazelwood (#35 Truck Assist ZB Commodore), Nick Percat (#2 Mobil 1 NTI ZB Commodore), and Scott Pye (#20 Nulon ZB Commodore).
Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) took 11th and Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore) 12th.
The field is back on-track tomorrow for Qualifying for Race 19 at 09:50 local time/AEST, with the starting grid to be finalised by a Top 10 Shootout later in the day.
Results: Practice 2
|1||8||R&J Batteries Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.4196|
|2||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:13.5181||0:00.0985|
|3||97||Red Bull Ampol Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.5375||0:00.1179|
|4||25||Mobil 1 Optus Racing||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.7454||0:00.3258|
|5||96||Pizza Hut||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.7902||0:00.3706|
|6||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:13.8222||0:00.4026|
|7||14||Middy’s Electrical Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.8383||0:00.4187|
|8||35||Truck Assist Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.8428||0:00.4232|
|9||2||Mobil 1 NTI Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.8571||0:00.4375|
|10||20||Nulon Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.8696||0:00.4500|
|11||11||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Anton De Pasquale||Ford Mustang GT||1:13.9358||0:00.5162|
|12||88||Red Bull Ampol Racing||Broc Feeney||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.9708||0:00.5512|
|13||99||Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.9936||0:00.5740|
|14||10||Penrite Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:14.0157||0:00.5961|
|15||3||CoolDrive Auto Parts||Tim Slade||Ford Mustang GT||1:14.0284||0:00.6088|
|16||55||Castrol Racing||Thomas Randle||Ford Mustang GT||1:14.0501||0:00.6305|
|17||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:14.0560||0:00.6364|
|18||26||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||1:14.0932||0:00.6736|
|19||34||Truck Assist Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1:14.1329||0:00.7133|
|20||5||Snowy River Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:14.2360||0:00.8164|
|21||31||PremiAir Subway Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1:14.3248||0:00.9052|
|22||56||Tradie Racing||Jake Kostecki||Ford Mustang GT||1:14.4171||0:00.9975|
|23||9||Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus||William Brown||Holden Commodore ZB||1:14.4340||0:01.0144|
|24||22||PremiAir Coca Cola Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:14.4555||0:01.0359|
|25||4||SCT Logistics Racing||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:14.5297||0:01.1101|