de Pasquale ends day one with fastest bragging rights

Dry running has allowed teams and drivers to come to grips with Mount Panorama ahead of the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, Supercars star Anton de Pasquale topping the second 60-minute practice session on Friday.

De Pasquale’s 2m27.402s best came early in the session with co-drivers Anthony Soole and Adam Burgess completing the remainder of the running throughout the session.
After a opening session interrupted by red flags and wet weather, the second session ran green for the first 45 minutes before the first stoppage, allowing teams to gather meaningful information for the first time today.

58 cars completed more than 600 laps between them this afternoon following a dramatic day of highly changeable weather, that at times shifted from thunderstorms to bright sunshine within the space of an hour.

BMWs filled the first six spots in practice two, with the David Russell / Karl Begg / Robert Gooley M4 second and the Michael Auld / Garth Walden / Tyler Everingham M3 in third.

Tim Leahey put the M3 he’ll share with fellow former winner, Beric Lynton, and Supercars ace Will Davison into fourth position while the Ben Kavich / Micheal Kavich / Thomas Randle M2 Competition completed the top five.

Iain and Grant Sherrin, former winners of the race were sixth while Lindsay Kearns and Colbey Cowham were quickest of the A2 runners and seventh outright, while the Marcos Ambrose / Tim Brook / George Miedecke Mustang was seventh and second in class.

Class A1 was topped by Dylan O’Keeffe in the Mercedes AMG A45 he will share with Mike Sheargold and Brett Hobson – the RAM Motorsport / GWR entry ninth outright in practice two.
Jason Gomersall and Aaron Seton rounded out the Top 10 in their Ford Mustang.

Quickest in Class B1 was the BMW 135i driven by Rob Rubis, Scott Turner and TCR Australia star Jordan Cox, the little BMW an impressive 13th outright.
The Brad McDonald / Cody McKay / Brent Edwards Holden Commodore SSV Redline topped Class B2 and ended the session 36th outright.

Class C was again paced by the flying Mazda driven by Jake Camilleri and Scott Nicholas, the Queenslanders ending the day in 32nd outright; two spots ahead of their closest rivals, the Osborne Motorsport Renault Megane RS driven by Colin Osborne and Jay Robotham.

The Subaru BRZ of Scott Aho and Haydn Clarke topped Class D over the Ric Shaw / Tom Shaw / David Cox Mazda, while the quickest car in E was the Mazda of Stephen Doorey, Phil Alexander and Bathurstian, Shane Fowler.

A third and final practice session will give teams a final systems check before qualifying tomorrow.

Qualifying, to be held in two parts, will be broadcast live and ad-break free on Stan Sport while the battle for the outright pole position will also be shown live on the Nine Network around Australia.
International streaming will be available via www.speedseries.com.au/TV from midday, local time.

See below for full practice two timings.

Support categories daily wrap

There were four other categories in action today, including the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia, Circuit Excel Bathurst Challenge, MRF Tyres Australian Pulsar Racing Association and the combined GT4/Australian Production Cars.

Running its first round of the season, the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia had two practice sessions today and it was Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Jamie Whincup who ended the opening day with the fastest time.

Behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 he shares with Prince Abu Bakar, Whincup wound back the clock and set a 2m 05.690s in the afternoon session – a time that was more than half a second faster than the next best driver in Liam Talbot.

Click here to view a wrap on the day.

GT World Challenge Australia has two qualifying sessions in the morning before a one-hour race in the afternoon.

Kicking off the event in the morning was the MRF Tyres Nissan Pulsars and it was an unchanged top two all day as Joshua Craig went fastest in both practice sessions before securing pole over Dan Smith – remarkably just over a second separated the duo in all three sessions.

It was a similar story in the Circuit Excel Bathurst Challenge, which saw Ryan Casha fastest in practice and qualifying – although practice runner-up Ben Gomersall dropped to third in qualifying as Victorian Harry Tomkins claimed a front row finish.

The MRF Tyres Nissan Pulsars has all three of its races tomorrow, while the Excels will run two of its three throughout the day.

Rounding out today’s results was the combined GT4/Australian Production Cars and it was Karl Begg who steered his Mercedes AMG GT to the category’s fastest time for the day – his 2:31.9396 in on his second last lap for the afternoon unbeaten.

Before that, it was Grant Sherrin who was overall quickest – his 2:32.9178 in the morning not beaten by no one other than Begg, while Trevor Symonds was the fastest Production Car in the afternoon – almost five seconds off Begg in his Holden VE GTS.

Bathurst 6 Hour times

Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle CL Time Gap
1 4 Property Investment Store A.Burgess/A.Pasquale BMW M4 X 2:27.4019*
2 40 SpeedCafe D.Russell/R.Gooley BMW M4 X 2:28.0715 0:00.6696
3 24 Syd Fab / GWR Australia M.Auld/T.Everingham BMW M3 X 2:28.6841 0:01.2822
4 23 Bruce Lynton Service B.Lynton/T.Leahey/
W.Davison BMW M3 X 2:28.7085 0:01.3066
5 92 Yellow Pages Race For A Cure B.Kavich/M.Kavich BMW M2 Competitio X 2:29.6349 0:02.2330
6 27 Sherrin Rentals G.Sherrin/I.Sherrin BMW M4 X 2:30.1121 0:02.7102
7 25 CK Motorsport C.Cowham/L.Kearns Ford Mustang GT A2 2:31.2764 0:03.8745
8 95 Miedecke Motor Group M.Ambrose/T.Brook Ford Mustang A2 2:31.6774 0:04.2755
9 45 RAM Motorsport M.Sheargold/D.O’Keefe/
B.Hobson Mercedes AMG A1 2:31.9198 0:04.5179
10 30 Gomersall Motorsport J.Gomersall/A.Seton Ford Mustang A2 2:31.9665 0:04.5646
11 90 Kelair / DWE Duane West (Vic) Holden VF GTS X 2:32.0076 0:04.6057
12 7 Local Legends T.Quinn/G.Denyer/
R.Quinn Ford Mustang Mach A2 2:32.6272 0:05.2253
13 96 Fierce Racing S.Turner/R.Rubis BMW 135i B1 2:33.1908 0:05.7889
14 58 Go-Karts-Go D.Russell/A.Russell BMW M3 X 2:33.6855 0:06.2836
15 16 Levitt Motorsports Mark Griffith (Qld) Mercedes W204 C63 A2 2:33.7207 0:06.3188
16 21 Secure Wealth Advisers Simon Hodges (NSW) BMW M4 X 2:33.8177 0:06.4158
17 28 Spinifex Recruiting M.Chahda/M.Harris BMW 335i B1 2:33.9951 0:06.5932
18 14 Forklogic Access & Forklift Hi P.Loiacono/A.Holzl Mitsubishi Lancer A1 2:34.0864 0:06.6845
19 48 ASAP Marketing S.Gore/K.Bensley/S.Owen Lexus RC F A2 2:34.8294 0:07.4275
20 222 Harding Performance Cem Yucel (NSW) Volkswagen Golf R A1 2:34.8693 0:07.4674
21 49 Vision Estate Tony Alford (Qld) Ford Mustang Mach A2 2:35.3361 0:07.9342
22 9 Parramatta Vehicle Services H.Morrall/T.Mecklem Mitsubishi Lancer A1 2:35.3492 0:07.9473
23 19 Daimler Trucks Brisbane T.McLennan/R.Salmon Mercedes A45 A1 2:35.6578 0:08.2559
24 64 BILSTIEN N.Callaghan/M.Holt Chevrolet Camaro A2 2:35.7071 0:08.3052
25 71 TBA B.Bargwanna/J.Bargwanna Audi TTRS Plus A1 2:35.7385 0:08.3366
26 57 Hire Express E.Kreamer/S.Thompson/
M.King Mitsubishi Lancer A1 2:35.9128 0:08.5109
27 118 D A Campbell Transport D.Campbell/C.Crick Mitsubishi Lancer A1 2:35.9881 0:08.5862
28 171 Team Buccini Racing M.Rappard/B.Paine BMW 0 A1 2:36.2111 0:08.8092
29 26 Infinium Advisory B.Wilkinson/C.O’Brien BMW M135 A1 2:36.4917 0:09.0898
30 33 Ranger J.Bowe/A.McGill Ford Falcon GT-F A1 2:36.5906 0:09.1887
31 66 Nova Employment / Full Gas Rac Brianna Wilson (NSW) Subaru WRX STi A1 2:37.7860 0:10.3841
32 36 Grand Prix Mazda Caboolture J.Camilleri/S.Nicholas Mazda 3 MPS C 2:38.1225 0:10.7206
33 143 A1 Towing H.Inwood/T.Colombrita Subaru WRX STi B1 2:38.6015 0:11.1996
34 41 TBA G.Beggs/J.Manteufel/
C.Sharples Holden HSV R8 Clu A2 2:39.6823 0:12.2804
35 13 Osborne Motorsport C.Osborne/J.Robotham Renault Megane RS C 2:39.9645 0:12.5626
36 73 Cable Source/Sunyeh/Singo’s Me B.Edwards/C.McKay/
B.McDonald Holden SSV 6.0 B2 2:40.5714 0:13.1695
37 77 Iolar/MRPS/AED Group P.Navin/N.Halstead VW Scirocco C 2:40.7750 0:13.3731
38 10 RM Racing Cars B.Giblin/B.McLeod Holden HSV Astra C 2:41.0605 0:13.6586
39 42 B&M Consulting/Cougar Powder C J.Elliot/B.Cole/M.Ferns Holden SSV 6.0 B2 2:44.6030 0:17.2011
40 31 Osborne Motorsport J.Sinni/J.Rice Renault Megane RS C 2:44.6446 0:17.2427
41 999 Team Buccini Racing E.Best/C.Prince BMW 135i B1 2:44.8915 0:17.4896
42 39 MDR Motorsport H.Clark/S.Aho Subaru BRZ TS STI D 2:45.8654 0:18.4635
43 29 Boronia Towbars Paul Razum (SA) Holden HSV Clubsp A2 2:47.5476 0:20.1457
44 50 MWM Racing T.Needham/R.Luff Mini Cooper S JCW C 2:48.0392 0:20.6373
45 80 RX8 Cup R.Shaw/D.Cox/T.Shaw Mazda RX-8 D 2:48.0432 0:20.6413
46 11 Lone Star 11 Racing Murray Dowsett (Qld) Toyota 86 D 2:48.7626 0:21.3607
47 81 RX8 Cup A.McConchie/K.Mackie/
J.Parmenter Mazda RX8 D 2:49.3779 0:21.9760
48 75 Surfside Properties D.Leslight/TBA VW Golf GTi D 2:49.4910 0:22.0891
49 84 “AC Store, CP Dental, Performa J.Hay/M.Learoyd VW Scirocco C 2:50.4405 0:23.0386
50 86 Heiniger Joinery/5th Gear Moto C.Heiniger/D.Flanagan/
D.Chapman Toyota 86 GTS D 2:52.1350 0:24.7331
51 43 Champ Group Steve McHugh (Qld) Holden HSV VXR As C 2:52.6170 0:25.2151
52 121 Conroy Motorsport J.Walsh/A.Letcher/
N.Agar Honda Integra Typ D 2:54.2043 0:26.8024
53 47 MilkLab / OnTrack J.Fitzgerald/P.Johnston/
A.Zerefos BMW 130i C 2:54.4125 0:27.0106
54 35 Road To Bathurst S.Doorey/S.Fowler Mazda 3 SP25 E 2:54.5073 0:27.1054
55 2 BELLER Motorsport A.Jackman/C.Beller/
M.Taubitz Mazda 3 SP25 E 2:55.6684 0:28.2665
56 51 Lithostone Surfaces/LaRocca Ma David Ling Holden HSV Astra C 2:56.8051 0:29.4032
57 62 Mad Macks Racing D.Worrell/T.Robson BMW 125i D 2:59.8582 0:32.4563
58 78 PB Motorsport Services Troy Derwent (NSW) Holden Astra HSV C