Bathurst 1000: Hinchcliffe hits the wall as practice continues

IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe got his first taste of the Mount Panorama concrete in the sixth practice session for the 2019 Bathurst 1000.

Bathurst 1000: Hinchcliffe hits the wall as practice continues

Hinchcliffe backed the Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden into the wall at The Cutting with five minutes to go, forcing the wildcard entry out of the remainder of the session.

It was the second mishap for the NAPA-backed car, after Alex Rossi beached himself at Hell Corner yesterday.

The damage from the Hinchcliffe shunt appears to be mostly cosmetic, the car likely to return for the day's second half-hour practice session at 12:10pm.

"I got into the wall a little bit in The Cutting just trying to find the limit," explained Hinchcliffe.

"I’m actually getting a lot more comfortable in the car, Alex and I both. Every night you get to sleep on it, let it sit and marinate overnight. You come back and feel a lot more at home and comfortable in the car.

"[I'm] just starting to push in places we hadn’t felt comfortable pushing before this point and it obviously just got away from me there and tagged the wall.

"I hate to lose the track time for both of us, but I think it’s relatively cosmetic stuff and we’ll get it fixed up for this afternoon."

 

 

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There were no Hollywood lap times from the opening hit-out, crews mostly focussed on race runs and driver change practice.

Will and Alex Davison led the way with a 2m04.754s, edging Fabian Coulthard/Tony D'Alberto by 0.005s.

Tim Slade was third quickest after running a set of green tyres, followed by Brad Jones Racing teammate Nick Percat and Alex Premat in the #17 Penske Ford.

There were more issues for the #6 Tickford Mustang, a stuck throttle forcing a lengthy stint in the pits in the first third of the session.

That follows a sensor drama in qualifying yesterday that almost cost Cam Waters a shot at the Top 10 Shootout.

He and Michael Caruso finished today's session in 17th after finally getting on track.

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 23 Australia Will Davison
Australia Alex Davison
Ford Mustang GT 12 2'04.7544     179.286
2 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Australia Tony D'Alberto
Ford Mustang GT 11 2'04.7595 0.0051 0.0051 179.279
3 14 Australia Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 11 2'04.9764 0.2220 0.2169 178.968
4 8 Australia Nick Percat
Australia Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore ZB 7 2'05.2599 0.5055 0.2835 178.563
5 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
France Alexandre Prémat
Ford Mustang GT 13 2'05.2806 0.5262 0.0207 178.533
6 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Garth Tander
Holden Commodore ZB 12 2'05.3015 0.5471 0.0209 178.503
7 55 Australia Chaz Mostert
Australia James Moffat
Ford Mustang GT 12 2'05.3061 0.5517 0.0046 178.497
8 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood
United States Jack Smith
Holden Commodore ZB 11 2'05.4128 0.6584 0.1067 178.345
9 9 Australia David Reynolds
Australia Luke Youlden
Holden Commodore ZB 12 2'05.5985 0.8441 0.1857 178.081
10 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
New Zealand Steven Richards
Holden Commodore ZB 11 2'05.8142 1.0598 0.2157 177.776
11 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Australia Thomas Randle
Ford Mustang GT 12 2'05.8388 1.0844 0.0246 177.741
12 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Australia Will Brown
Holden Commodore ZB 13 2'05.9672 1.2128 0.1284 177.560
13 3 Australia Garry Jacobson
Australia Dean Fiore
Nissan Altima 11 2'06.0172 1.2628 0.050 177.490
14 22 Australia James Courtney
Jack Perkins
Holden Commodore ZB 13 2'06.0758 1.3214 0.0586 177.407
15 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Australia Bryce Fullwood
Nissan Altima 11 2'06.0816 1.3272 0.0058 177.399
16 21 Australia Macauley Jones
Australia Dean Canto
Holden Commodore ZB 11 2'06.1618 1.4074 0.0802 177.286
17 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Australia Michael Caruso
Ford Mustang GT 10 2'06.1943 1.4399 0.0325 177.240
18 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Australia Jonathon Webb
Holden Commodore ZB 11 2'06.2664 1.5120 0.0721 177.139
19 15 Australia Rick Kelly
Australia Dale Wood
Nissan Altima 12 2'06.3265 1.5721 0.0601 177.055
20 888 Australia Jamie Whincup
Australia Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore ZB 11 2'06.3437 1.5893 0.0172 177.031
21 56 Brodie Kostecki
Australia Jake Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 12 2'06.4342 1.6798 0.0905 176.904
22 2 Australia Scott Pye
Australia Warren Luff
Holden Commodore ZB 12 2'06.4396 1.6852 0.0054 176.897
23 33 New Zealand Richie Stanaway
New Zealand Chris Pither
Holden Commodore ZB 12 2'07.1617 2.4073 0.7221 175.892
24 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
Australia Alex Rullo
Nissan Altima 12 2'07.2711 2.5167 0.1094 175.741
25 34 Australia James Golding
Richard Muscat
Holden Commodore ZB 12 2'07.3152 2.5608 0.0441 175.680
26 27 United States Alexander Rossi
Canada James Hinchcliffe
Holden Commodore ZB 7 2'08.0356 3.2812 0.7204 174.692
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