Bathurst 1000: Holdsworth fastest as crash halts practice

Lee Holdsworth set the pace in a Thursday co-driver practice that was cut short by a nasty crash for Chris Pither.

Bathurst 1000: Holdsworth fastest as crash halts practice

Holdsworth (Walkinshaw Andretti United) was sitting just under four-tenths clear of the field with less than two minutes to go when Pither hit the wall at Forrest's Elbow.

The Coca-Cola-backed car tagged the inside wall before clattering into the concrete on the outside.

It was the second major issue for the #96 Brad Jones Racing entry today after the car was sidelined for nearly all of Practice 1 with a power steering issue.

 

The early phase of the day's second hour-long session saw Holdsworth and Tony D'Alberto (Dick Johnson Racing) trading fastest times.

D'Alberto led the way as the benchmark sat at a low 2m07s, before Holdsworth became the first driver into the sixes with a 2m06.906s.

The next run saw D'Alberto improve to a 2m06.858s, before Holdsworth went faster again on consecutive laps with a 2m06.771s followed by a 2m06.401s.

On the 25-minute mark Erebus driver David Russell took over at the top with a 2m06.357s, that time holding up for 10 minutes until Craig Lowndes (Triple Eight) jumped to the top with a 2m06.164s.

With a little under a quarter of an hour to go Garth Tander (Triple Eight) and Alex Davison (Dick Johnson Racing) both took turns on top with low 2m06s laps.

Then, with 10 minutes to go, James Moffat (Tickford) burst into the fives with a 2m05.603s.

That initially left him almost half a second clear of the field, before Moffat was bumped down to second by Holdsworth's 2m05.225 – a time only a tenth wide of primary driver Chaz Mostert's Practice 1 effort.

"It's nice. These guys had a really quick car at the start of the year here and Chazzy dialled it in a bit more this morning for me to jump in and have a little bit of fun around the Mountain," said Holdsworth.

"I'm driving a lot more like [Chaz] this year, just from the way I've learnt to drive his car. So everything that's working for me is working for him and vice versa.

"It's great, it's a great combination."

Moffat and Davison ended up second and third ahead of Tander, while a late effort from Dean Fiore left him fifth for Brad Jones Racing.

Lowndes slipped back to sixth ahead of Luke Youlden (Erebus Motorsport), Zak Best (Tickford) and D'Alberto.

Russell rounded out the Top 10.

High-profile co-driver Russell Ingall, making his comeback in the Supercheap Auto-backed T8 wildcard entry, was slowest in the session, 3.2 seconds off the pace.

Bathurst 1000 Practice 2 results

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Australia Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore ZB 2'05.225
2 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Australia James Moffat
Ford Mustang GT 2'05.603 0.377 0.377
3 17 Australia Will Davison
Australia Alex Davison
Ford Mustang GT 2'06.055 0.829 0.451
4 888 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Garth Tander
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.094 0.868 0.039
5 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Australia Dean Fiore
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.164 0.938 0.069
6 88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Australia Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.164 0.938 0.000
7 26 Australia David Reynolds
Australia Luke Youlden
Ford Mustang GT 2'06.277 1.051 0.113
8 5 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Zak Best
Ford Mustang GT 2'06.332 1.107 0.055
9 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Tony D’Alberto
Ford Mustang GT 2'06.355 1.129 0.022
10 99 Brodie Kostecki
Australia David Russell
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.357 1.131 0.001
11 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Australia Matt Campbell
Ford Mustang GT 2'06.429 1.203 0.072
12 44 Australia James Courtney
Australia Thomas Randle
Ford Mustang GT 2'06.476 1.250 0.047
13 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Australia Warren Luff
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.524 1.298 0.048
14 3 Australia Tim Slade
Australia Tim Blanchard
Ford Mustang GT 2'06.737 1.511 0.213
15 9 Australia Will Brown
Jack Perkins
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.829 1.604 0.092
16 20 Australia Scott Pye
Australia James Golding
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.926 1.700 0.096
17 96 Australia Macauley Jones
New Zealand Chris Pither
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.926 1.700 0.000
18 8 Australia Nick Percat
Australia Dale Wood
Holden Commodore ZB 2'06.963 1.738 0.037
19 4 Australia Jack Smith
Australia David Wall
Holden Commodore ZB 2'07.057 1.831 0.093
20 19 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Australia Jonathon Webb
Holden Commodore ZB 2'07.126 1.900 0.068
21 34 Australia Jake Kostecki
Australia Kurt Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 2'07.208 1.982 0.082
22 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Australia Michael Caruso
Holden Commodore ZB 2'07.332 2.106 0.123
23 35 Australia Zane Goddard
Jayden Ojeda
Holden Commodore ZB 2'07.389 2.163 0.056
24 22 Australia Garry Jacobson
Australia Dylan O’Keeffe
Holden Commodore ZB 2'08.030 2.804 0.641
25 39 Broc Feeney
United Kingdom Russell Ingall
Holden Commodore ZB 2'08.443 3.218 0.413

 

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