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Heavy rain causes early chaos in Practice 2

SUPERCARS practice at Bathurst has been interrupted by a third red flag stoppage of the day.

Practice 2 got off to a wild start as the heavens opened, and the conditions caught out both Anton De Pasquale and David Reynolds in the early stages.

De Pasquale lost control in the wet under braking into the Chase and beached his #11 Shell V-Power Mustang.

Moments later, Reynolds’ Tradie Beer Camaro swapped ends and swiped the wall on the right-hand side of the circuit.

“It was okay until I went off the road,” De Pasquale said of the conditions.

“We just got a heap of rain all at once at the Chase and I just aquaplaned all the way into the gravel.

“So no big dramas, it’s a bit of work to clean up, but no damage or anything. Other than that it’s Bathurst, it’s wet, it’s still fun but it was out of control for a long time.”

Reynolds noted he hadn’t spotted De Pasquale and explained his own incident.

“I did my outlap, came around there and everything felt normal, and then the next lap there must have been a big downpour,” said the 2017 Bathurst 1000 winner.

“I’ve come around the corner and there was just sheets of glass everywhere, it looks like it was just aquaplane puddles everywhere and I touched one and just went around.

“I had nothing to do with it. Obviously I probably shouldn’t have gone that fast, but I didn’t even get to sixth gear, I was still in fifth gear. It was just nuts.”

Richie Stanaway was technically atop the timesheets at the time of the stoppage, albeit on a relatively unrepresentative 2:32.6368s.

Stanaway is back on track following a Practice 1 crash, while Jack Le Brocq is also taking part in the session after Erebus Motorsport completed an engine change.

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