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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Roos hamper wet Bathurst practice


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Will Davison has recorded the quickest time in the rain at Mount Panorama, steering his Ford Falcon to the top of the practice timing charts for the Bathurst 1000.

Davison led 2014 champion Chaz Mostert home in a tame and wet opening session, recording a 2min 25.0243sec lap.

In scenes unlikely to be repeated across the weekend, there was no Holden in the top six times on Thursday.

There was little danger of times dipping too low, with a sullen race track and intermittent rain.

Given clear skies are forecast for both qualifying and on race day for the 1000-kilometre classic, most drivers pulled their punches.

"It's really hard to learn much when its greasy like that," Davison said.

"There's no right or wrong. We made changes but we were pretty quick the whole session."

Just one driver - Tim Blanchard - dared to put the slick tyres on but quickly changed back to the wets.

The biggest drama came when kangaroos made a mid-session incursion onto the track, causing a brief delay.

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Reigning champions David Reynolds and Luke Youlden were one of two cars not to even bother with the session, saying there wasn't enough upside.

"We don't want to risk it," Reynolds said.

Erebus teammates Anton de Pasquale and Will Brown also chose to remain in the garage.

Craig Lowndes, on his last full-time drive at Mount Panorama, completed just a handful of laps during the hour-long session.

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen was the quickest Commodore, home in seventh.

Will Davison has recorded the quickest time in the rain at Mount Panorama, steering his Ford Falcon to the top of the practice timing charts for the Bathurst 1000.

Davison led 2014 champion Chaz Mostert home in a tame and wet opening session, recording a 2min 25.0243sec lap.

In scenes unlikely to be repeated across the weekend, there was no Holden in the top six times on Thursday.

There was little danger of times dipping too low, with a sullen race track and intermittent rain.

Given clear skies are forecast for both qualifying and on race day for the 1000-kilometre classic, most drivers pulled their punches.

"It's really hard to learn much when its greasy like that," Davison said.

"There's no right or wrong. We made changes but we were pretty quick the whole session."

Just one driver - Tim Blanchard - dared to put the slick tyres on but quickly changed back to the wets.

The biggest drama came when kangaroos made a mid-session incursion onto the track, causing a brief delay.

https://twitter.com/supercars/status/1047642764085608448

https://twitter.com/markwa1ker/status/1047641924931207168

Reigning champions David Reynolds and Luke Youlden were one of two cars not to even bother with the session, saying there wasn't enough upside.

"We don't want to risk it," Reynolds said.

Erebus teammates Anton de Pasquale and Will Brown also chose to remain in the garage.

Craig Lowndes, on his last full-time drive at Mount Panorama, completed just a handful of laps during the hour-long session.

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen was the quickest Commodore, home in seventh.

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