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Practice report

Bathurst 1000: Davison tops first practice

Will Davison topped a slightly shortened opening practice session for the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000.

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The hour-long session started in mixed conditions, earlier rain making it slippery off the racing line.

The line itself was dry enough, though, Shane van Gisbergen dipping into the mid-2m07s on his first run.

Chaz Mostert shifted the benchmark into the sixes shortly afterwards, the reigning Bathurst champion taking over top spot with a 2m06.311s.

Just after the quarter hour mark van Gisbergen went quicker again, first with a 2m06.008s before he improved to a 2m05.324s.

Not long after that the session was red flagged when Cam Waters went off at the last corner and beached himself in the sand.

Following a quick retrieval of the Tickford Mustang the session resumed, however there was little movement at the front until the final 20 minutes when David Reynolds went fastest courtesy of a 2m05.241s.

At the same time two contenders had moments, van Gisbergen brushing the wall at The Cutting while Anton De Pasquale spun, and made light contact with the wall, at Forrest's Elbow.

With 13 minutes to go Andre Heimgartner, who had been off at the last corner earlier in the session, jumped to the top with a 2m05.132s.

That time lasted five minutes before Davison dived well into the fours with a 2m04.369s.

That time was expected to come under threat in the closing minutes of the session, only for the final runs to be ruined when Jake Kostecki went off at Hell Corner with three minutes to go.

That prompted a red flag, race control opting to declare the session.

"It was good. We didn't know of we'd get dry running today, we didn't expect it,:" said Davison.

"We came here with a fierce Thursday plan and a lot of homework. We just took the chance to back to back some stuff.

"Who knows, we may get another dry run this arvo. We may get some dry running at the end of the race, that might be the next time we run in the dry. So it's critical information."

James Golding was impressively quick in his PremiAir Racing Holden, falling just one hundredth of a second short of Davison's time.

Heimgartner also got into the fours towards the end of the session, the Kiwi left third fastest thanks to a 2m04.650s.

Reynolds failed to improve late in the session and slipped back to fourth followed by Nick Percat and van Gisbergen.

Broc Feeney ended up seventh ahead of De Pasquale, Mostert and Lee Holdsworth.

Practice continues with a dedicated co-driver session at 3:55pm local time.

2022 Bathurst 1000 Practice 1 results

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 17 Australia Will Davison
Australia Alex Davison
Ford Mustang GT 2'04.3691
2 31 Australia James Golding
Dylan O'Keeffe
Holden Commodore ZB 2'04.3851 0.0160 0.0160
3 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Australia Dale Wood
Holden Commodore ZB 2'04.6504 0.2813 0.2653
4 26 Australia David Reynolds
Australia Matt Campbell
Ford Mustang GT 2'05.2410 0.8719 0.5906
5 2 Australia Nick Percat
Australia Warren Luff
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.2473 0.8782 0.0063
6 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Garth Tander
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.3245 0.9554 0.0772
7 88 Broc Feeney
Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.3484 0.9793 0.0239
8 100 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Australia Tony D'Alberto
Ford Mustang GT 2'05.4765 1.1074 0.1281
9 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.4806 1.1115 0.0041
10 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Matthew Payne
Ford Mustang GT 2'05.4885 1.1194 0.0079
11 99 Brodie Kostecki
Australia David Russell
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.5156 1.1465 0.0271
12 20 Australia Scott Pye
Tyler Everingham
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.5618 1.1927 0.0462
13 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Australia James Moffat
Ford Mustang GT 2'05.6038 1.2347 0.0420
14 3 Australia Tim Slade
Australia Tim Blanchard
Ford Mustang GT 2'05.8727 1.5036 0.2689
15 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Australia Dean Fiore
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.8957 1.5266 0.0230
16 96 Australia Macauley Jones
Jordan Boys
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.9779 1.6088 0.0822
17 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Australia Michael Caruso
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.1370 1.7679 0.1591
18 5 Australia James Courtney
Australia Zane Goddard
Ford Mustang GT 2'06.2031 1.8340 0.0661
19 888 Australia Craig Lowndes
Declan Fraser
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.2512 1.8821 0.0481
20 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Jayden Ojeda
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.4101 2.0410 0.1589
21 9 Australia Will Brown
Jack Perkins
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.8893 2.5202 0.4792
22 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Australia Aaron Seton
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.9098 2.5407 0.0205
23 22 New Zealand Chris Pither
Cameron Hill
Holden Commodore ZB 2'07.0258 2.6567 0.1160
24 56 Australia Jake Kostecki
Australia Kurt Kostecki
Ford Mustang GT 2'07.1247 2.7556 0.0989
25 4 Australia Jack Smith
Australia Jaxon Evans
Holden Commodore ZB 2'07.2747 2.9056 0.1500
26 118 Matt Chahda
Jaylyn Robotham
Holden Commodore ZB 2'07.7602 3.3911 0.4855
27 55 Australia Thomas Randle
Zak Best
Ford Mustang GT 2'08.0080 3.6389 0.2478
28 51 New Zealand Richie Stanaway
Greg Murphy
Holden Commodore ZB 2'08.2740 3.9049 0.2660

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