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Saturday, May 25, 2024


A RARE chance for Repco Supercars Championship co-drivers to take centre stage saw an old dog and a young pup come to the fore.

In the absence of a multiple-round endurance season, there are precious few opportunities to gauge how the Repco Bathurst 1000 specialists compare against one another – not to mention their corresponding primary driver – in an official timed session.

Practice 2 at the Sandown SuperSprint yesterday provided the only such chance before the circus rolls up to Mount Panorama in October.

With only cars entered in the full Sandown event eligible to take part in the additional driver practice, there was never going to be a look at the various wildcards that will tackle The Mountain.

But there were 24 of the 25 full-time cars in action, with the only exception being the parked #26 Penrite Racing Mustang of David Reynolds/Matt Campbell, given the latter is overseas.

The other outlier was Craig Lowndes hopping into the #4 SCT Logistics ZB Commodore, which is yet to have a co-driver assigned to it.

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By the end of 30 minutes, two drivers stood out having upstaged their primaries: Jamie Whincup and Zak Best.

Whincup topped the afternoon session to show that fatherhood and life as Triple Eight team principal/managing director has done little to slow the seven-time champion down.

Broc Feeney and Jamie Whincup. Pic: Nathan Wong

Best meanwhile carried on from his Tailem Bend form as he continues to push for a 2023 main game promotion.

Lowndes was best of the rest, lobbing a time marginally shy of what Jack Smith managed in opening practice.

At the other end of the spectrum, Tyler Everingham was the only co-driver to be more than a second off the pace of his primary, as the new Team 18 signing got to grips with Scott Pye’s #20 Holden.

Of course, these pace comparisons must be taken with a grain of salt, with teams undoubtedly having run varying session programs and outright co-driver pace likely being far from the top priority.

Nevertheless, V8 Sleuth brings you the data below:

CarPrimary driverPrac1 timeCo-driverPrac2 timeDifferential
88Broc Feeney01:08.5Jamie Whincup01:08.2-0.2370
55Thomas Randle01:08.8Zak Best01:08.7-0.1021
4Jack Smith01:09.2Craig Lowndes01:09.20.0180
56Jake Kostecki01:08.7Kurt Kostecki01:08.90.1458
6Cameron Waters01:08.5James Moffat01:08.70.1653
8Andre Heimgartner01:08.5Dale Wood01:08.70.2700
97Shane van Gisbergen01:08.1Garth Tander01:08.50.3667
500Lee Holdsworth01:08.6Matt Payne01:09.00.3825
5James Courtney01:08.7Zane Goddard01:09.20.4404
25Chaz Mostert01:08.0Fabian Coulthard01:08.50.4922
9Will Brown01:08.3Jack Perkins01:08.80.5110
96Macauley Jones01:08.3Jordan Boys01:08.80.5254
31James Golding01:08.6Dylan O’Keeffe01:09.10.5331
34Jack Le Brocq01:08.5Aaron Seton01:09.00.5550
11Anton De Pasquale01:08.1Tony D’Alberto01:08.60.5736
99Brodie Kostecki01:08.2David Russell01:08.80.6355
2Nick Percat01:08.6Warren Luff01:09.30.6839
14Bryce Fullwood01:08.7Dean Fiore01:09.40.6841
3Tim Slade01:08.3Tim Blanchard01:09.10.7238
18Mark Winterbottom01:08.1Michael Caruso01:08.80.7609
22Chris Pither01:08.3Cameron Hill01:09.10.8086
35Todd Hazelwood01:08.5Jayden Ojeda01:09.30.8188
17Will Davison01:07.8Alex Davison01:08.70.8511
20Scott Pye01:08.4Tyler Everingham01:09.41.0506
26David Reynolds01:08.2Matt CampbellN/A
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