The Bend Supercars: Heimgartner tops second practice

Andre Heimgartner topped a second weather-affected Supercars practice session at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Conditions steadily improved across the half-hour session as the likes of Tim Slade, Chaz Mostert and Macauley Jones all enjoyed stints at the top of the times.

Heimgartner made his first appearance in P1 just after the half-way point in the session after switching to slick tyres, before being shuffled down the order as the track got faster.

The Kelly Grove Racing driver then went for a green tyre run in the closing minutes, a late shower of rain not enough to stop him from reclaiming top spot with a 1m49.241s

"We went out on greens really late," said Heimgartner.

"The car was good, I knew I could do the time. I could gave gone a bit faster again but I made couple of small mistakes that cost a few tenths.

"But I'm really happy. The car this weekend, we continued it on from where we were last year. So I really know what I've got under me, which is half the battle. In those conditions you want to know what you've got."

Jamie Whincup, who was second fastest, said he was surprised at how quickly the track was drying in between those showers.

“Today has been about rain – the track starts to dry and it rains again," said the seven-time series champion.

"It’s probably going to continue for the rest of the day as well, but in both conditions my car is reasonable.

"It’s going to be who goes at the right time with the right tyres for qualifying but if we can get that right, I think we should be close.

“The track is quite smooth and it’s not that hot here, so traditionally that means it would dry slow, but actually once you get no rain for a bit it actually dries quicker than you’d expect. So we’re monitoring that and hopefully we get the right tyres on at the right time.”

Will Davison and David Reynolds were third and fourth fastest respectively ahead of Chaz Mostert and James Courtney.

Todd Hazelwood was seventh, series leader Shane van Gisbergen eighth, Brodie Kostecki ninth and Bryce Fullwood 10th.

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Ford Mustang GT 1'49.241
2 88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 1'49.404 0.162 0.162
3 17 Australia Will Davison
Ford Mustang GT 1'49.489 0.247 0.084
4 26 Australia David Reynolds
Ford Mustang GT 1'49.656 0.414 0.167
5 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Holden Commodore ZB 1'49.658 0.416 0.002
6 44 Australia James Courtney
Ford Mustang GT 1'49.681 0.439 0.022
7 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Holden Commodore ZB 1'49.720 0.478 0.038
8 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 1'49.740 0.498 0.020
9 99 Brodie Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 1'49.774 0.532 0.034
10 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Holden Commodore ZB 1'49.993 0.751 0.218
11 3 Australia Tim Slade
Ford Mustang GT 1'50.002 0.760 0.009
12 9 Australia Will Brown
Holden Commodore ZB 1'50.006 0.764 0.003
13 20 Australia Scott Pye
Holden Commodore ZB 1'50.018 0.776 0.012
14 8 Australia Nick Percat
Holden Commodore ZB 1'50.098 0.856 0.079
15 19 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore ZB 1'50.178 0.936 0.080
16 35 Australia Zane Goddard
Holden Commodore ZB 1'50.247 1.005 0.069
17 5 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Ford Mustang GT 1'50.270 1.028 0.023
18 55 Australia Thomas Randle
Ford Mustang GT 1'50.278 1.036 0.008
19 4 Australia Jack Smith
Holden Commodore ZB 1'50.454 1.212 0.176
20 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Holden Commodore ZB 1'50.475 1.233 0.020
21 96 Australia Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore ZB 1'50.503 1.261 0.028
22 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Mustang GT 1'50.894 1.652 0.391
23 22 Australia Garry Jacobson
Holden Commodore ZB 1'51.131 1.889 0.237
24 27 Australia Kurt Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 1'51.136 1.894 0.005
25 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Ford Mustang GT 1'51.330 2.088 0.193
26 34 Australia Jake Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 1'52.963 3.721 1.633
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