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Brown tops Bathurst Practice 1 by 0.0071s

WILL Brown set the pace in an opening practice at the Repco Bathurst 1000 in which the top Chevrolet and top Ford were split by just 0.0071s.

The opening 60-minute session started with great intrigue over what times the Gen3 cars would produce around the Mountain, and how the two marques would compare.

Brodie Kostecki set the early pace thanks to an impressive 2:06.0720s on just his second flying lap of the weekend.

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The championship leader was 0.2721s clear of teammate Brown when he pitted the #99 Camaro and handed over to co-driver David Russell at the halfway mark.

Brown lowered the benchmark to 2:05.9653s shortly afterwards, staying in the #9 Camaro for the duration of the session.

Grove Racing’s Matt Payne broke the Erebus duopoly with nine minutes to go, falling just 0.0071s shy of Brown.

Kostecki’s early time proved good enough to hold onto third ahead of Chaz Mostert, who jumped 10 positions to fourth with the chequered flag flying.

David Reynolds, Scott Pye and Broc Feeney also improved late to fill fifth through seventh ahead of Anton De Pasquale, who set his time early before handing over to Tony D’Alberto.

Andre Heimgartner and Craig Lowndes completed a top 10 filled by six Camaros and four Mustangs.

The session ran green for its duration, despite drivers facing the task of adapting to the cars on the challenging circuit.

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Those to endure minor off-track excursions included wildcard Aaron Love (off twice at The Chase) and James Moffat, who toured the escape road at Hell Corner aboard Waters’ Ford.

The Gen3 cars proved not too much slower than the Gen2 cars they have replaced, with Brown’s session-topping effort 1.5962s slower than Will Davison’s benchmark time in the same session last year.

A second practice session, for co-drivers only, will take place from 4:50pm local time.

RESULTS: Supercars Practice 1, Repco Bathurst 1000

PosNo.Driver/sTeamCarTime/Gap
19Will BrownErebusChevrolet2m05.9653s
219Matthew Payne / Kevin EstreGroveFord+0.0071s
399Brodie Kostecki / David RussellErebusChevrolet+0.1067s
425Chaz MostertWAUFord+0.3422s
526David ReynoldsGroveFord+0.5032s
620Scott Pye / Warren LuffTeam 18Chevrolet+0.5647s
788Broc FeeneyTriple EightChevrolet+0.6248s
811Anton De Pasquale / Tony D’AlbertoDJRFord+0.8007s
98Andre HeimgartnerBJRChevrolet+0.8340s
10888Craig LowndesTriple EightChevrolet+0.8887s
1155Thomas RandleTickfordFord+1.0296s
125James CourtneyTickfordFord+1.0311s
136Cam Waters / James MoffatTickfordFord+1.0358s
1417Will DavisonDJRFord+1.2450s
1597Shane van Gisbergen / Richie StanawayTriple EightChevrolet+1.4500s
1635Cameron HillMSRChevrolet+1.4592s
1731James Golding / Dylan O’KeeffePremiAirChevrolet+1.6631s
1818Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Chevrolet+1.6673s
193Todd HazelwoodBRTFord+1.7622s
202Nick PercatWAUFord+1.9033s
2134Jack Le Brocq / Jayden OjedaMSRChevrolet+1.9127s
227Aaron LoveBRTFord+2.0228s
2396Macauley Jones / Jordan BoysBJRChevrolet+2.1445s
2414Bryce FullwoodBJRChevrolet+2.2219s
2556Declan FraserTickfordFord+2.2722s
2623Tim Slade / Jonathon WebbPremiAirChevrolet+2.6465s
274Jack SmithBJRChevrolet+3.1006s
2898Simona De SilvestroDJRFord+3.7296s
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