Written by Timothy Neal

Garth Thunder made a big statement with some fast qualifying-style practice laps to hold on to top spot over David Russell, while Greg Murphy buried his famous ‘Circle of the Gods’ time by posting Bathurst’s fastest ever run.

The first dedicated coxswain session at Bathurst began with six drivers retiring from Super2 practice.

Matt Campbell made his first laps after winning IMSA as the session was red-flagged early on, and Kurt Kostecki did the same as his brother in the first session to lead him out of the chase.

The Thunder held the early lead, setting a 2:04.135. lighting up the purple sectors to hold power over Russell and Jamie Whincup, setting the fastest lap of the weekend so far, beating Will Davison’s P1 flyer by two hundredths of a second.

Matt Campbell finished 5th in second practice in the #26 Grove Racing Mustang. Photo by Mark Horsburgh

The result improved in the 43rd minute, with Jackson Evans and Jaylin Robotham dropping around +4 seconds off the benchmark after an earlier split of +8.

Campbell clocked a 2:06.530 to take around two seconds ahead of team-mate Penwright from the first session, while Alex Davison was 1.4 seconds off his brother’s best time in P1.

Approaching the halfway point, Thunder still led Whincup and Russell, with James Moffat clocking a 2:05.343 three-hundredths of a second ahead of Tickford team-mate Cam Waters, helped by the stiffer levers that appeared to be on the field earlier. in the morning.

Rookie Matt Payne took advantage of the very fast track to post a 2:05.516, +1.380 clear of Thunder and the fastest Bathurst 1000 rookie lap of the weekend to date.

Erebus Motorsport got some time at the top of the timesheets thanks to David Russell’s brilliant effort in Practice 2. Image: Edge Photographs, Mark Horsburgh

Dean Fiore went to the pits in a surprising P6, with a very quick 2:05.466 in the #14 BJR, working his way past Payne and sitting behind Moffat.

Greg Murphy set the fastest ever Bathurst lap with a 2:06.266 in the Boost wildcard to take the place Car #51 in P19, +2.136 from Thunder.

The #5 Tickford Mustang started to put up flyers, with Zane Goddard moving into 4th in the 13th minute ahead of Moffat and Davison, with Fabian Coulthard also moving into 5th.

Payne Goddard led the #5 Tickford Ford Mustang into the top five during Thursday’s second practice session. Edge Photographs, Mark Horsburgh

Warren Lough went deep into Chase’s sand pit – as was a constant theme of the day – and brought out the red flag with eight minutes to go. Lough unfortunately passed two green sectors when he bounced.

The field re-emerged with five minutes to run, with cooled tires slowing the out times across the field.

Jordan Boyes clocked a PB of 2:05.222 to stay 6th over Moffat, with early flyer Thunder taking the top spot, followed by Russell and Whincup, with Zac Best clocking a fast 2:05.0449 to beat Coulthard into 7th.

Campbell made an impressive seven-bet on the knees to finish in 5th over Goddard, with Seton and Moffat in 9th and 10th respectively.

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Bathurst 1000 Supercars 2022 schedule


Practice 3 (all drivers) 10:10-11:10

Practice 4 (all drivers) 1:00pm-2:00pm

Qualifying 16:15-16:55


Practice 5 (navigators only) 10:20-11:20

Practice 6 (all drivers) 1:00pm-2:00pm

5:05-5:50 p.m


Warm-up 8:00-8:20 am

Race 30 (161 laps) 11:15am

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