Forecasts of heavy rain on day one of the Repco Bathurst 1000 failed to materialise, but there was a good bit of moisture around as the support categories went about their race preparations on Friday, AUTO ACTION’s Harry O’Brien reports.
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At the end of qualifying, Aaron Love pulled off a stunner and was nearly seven-tenths of a second faster than his rivals in the seventh round of the series. Love broke new ground with his 2-minute, 5.3525-second flyer, the top six in the category.
The session started in misty rain and barely got under way when it was red-flagged due to Max Widow going out on the beach at Hell Corner. Most of the fast times came at the end of the suspended session, with Dylan O’Keefe ahead of Dale Wood and points leader Harry Jones, who had crashed in the previous practice session.
Christian Punchone was sixth, ahead of Jackson Walls, Simon Phelan and David Russell, who was the first setter. In the Pro Am, Geoff Emery led the way ahead of Sam Shaheen, Adrian Flack and Liam Talbot.
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The practical sessions of the final round took place in contrasting conditions: the first was wet, the second was dry. The final sessions provided the best time, with Job Stewart leading the way with 2min 37.5547sec, more than two tenths ahead of Zach Bates. Lachlan Gibbons was third fastest ahead of Bailey Sweeney, Harrison Gray, Ryan Wood, David Schultz and Lachlan Bloxham.
With limited laps, Rossi Johnson was ninth fastest before his session was cut short by an engine problem and a minor oil fire. Hayden Hume, who finished twelfth behind Ryan Gilroy and Campbell Logan, also finished in drama when he crashed the wall at Skyline. Alex Hadden was missing after he crashed in the previous session at Forest Elbow. Bates was fastest in the opener ahead of Jarrod Hughes and Gibbons.
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Points leader Aaron Borg will start Friday’s first race from the pole position after qualifying fastest in the Sieders Racing Holden Colorado. His best lap was 2 minutes 32.2305 seconds, just 0.04 seconds ahead of Craig Dontas (Ryco Racing Mitsubishi Triton).
Craig Woods (Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux) was third ahead of David Siders (Triton). Fifth place went to George Gutierrez (Colorado), who spun hard after Skyline late in the session but was unscathed.
The same could not be said for Rohan Barry, who spun his Hilux into the concrete wall at McPhilamy Park but managed to get it back to the pits.
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After two early practice sessions, qualifying took place at the end of the day, where Terry Lawlor was fastest in his Group C Ford Falcon XD. With a wet start, the track looked like it was drying out and his time improved to 2min 38.2684sec on the final lap.
Greg Kim (Group A Ford Mustang) was second best, with Nathan Gordon (Group Nc Holden Monaro HQ) ahead of Doug Barbour (Group S Porsche 911 Carrera), Glen Gerstell (Group C Falcon XE) and Luke Harrison, whose Group N Mustang had success need to be repaired after making contact with the wall earlier in the day.
The first session was wet and it was Marc LeValliant (Group C Holden Commodore) who got the best of the conditions ahead of Brian Henderson (Group C Nissan Bluebird) and Quentin Bland (Group Nc Ford Capri). Henderson led the second practice with Lawlor second and Gerstel.