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Randle tops frantic Adelaide 500 Practice 2

THOMAS Randle edged Cameron Waters to record a one-two result for Tickford Racing in Practice 2 at the VAILO Adelaide 500.

With Thursday’s single session having taken place in wet conditions, drivers were eager to make the most of the weekend’s first dry running.

Randle ended up with the fastest two times of the session, going to the top with 1:19.4078s with just under 10 minutes left before improving that to 1:19.2911s in the dying seconds.

“We all thought it was going to rain today and so far, the heavens have held off,” noted Randle.

“It’s just important to try to do what we wanted to do in Practice 1 just then.

“You roll out and you’re trying to find the limits: soft tyre, Gen3, in the dry, it’s the first time for us (here).

“I’ve been watching all of the support categories, so the track is obviously pretty fast, and to go a little bit quicker at the end there was nice.

“I sort of mucked up the hairpin, but the Castrol Mustang has got plenty of speed and fingers crossed we can keep it up there for qualifying.”

Waters ended up 0.1203s adrift of his teammate but ahead of Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown, who improved late after complaining of steering issues mid-session.

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Chaz Mostert and David Reynolds made it four Fords in the top five, followed by championship leader Brodie Kostecki.

The Fords of Anton De Pasquale, Matt Payne and Todd Hazelwood filled seventh through ninth, with Shane van Gisbergen’s Camaro 10th.

Van Gisbergen sat out the final six minutes of the session, frustrated by the steering issues that have blighted much of his season.

The Kiwi fared better than Triple Eight teammate Broc Feeney, who completed just four laps due to an engine problem that will require a change ahead of qualifying.

Qualifying is scheduled for 5:25pm local time, when drivers will be aiming to make Saturday’s Top 10 Shootout.

RESULTS: Practice 2, 2023 VAILO Adelaide 500

155Thomas RandleTickfordFord1:19.2911s
243Cam WatersTickfordFord+0.1203s
39Will BrownErebusChevrolet+0.2766s
425Chaz MostertWAUFord+0.2871s
526David ReynoldsGroveFord+0.3302s
699Brodie KosteckiErebusChevrolet+0.3557s
711Anton De PasqualeDJRFord+0.373s
819Matthew PayneGroveFord+0.423s
93Todd HazelwoodBRTFord+0.4865s
1097Shane van GisbergenTriple EightChevrolet+0.5172s
1120Scott PyeTeam 18Chevrolet+0.5302s
128Andre HeimgartnerBJRChevrolet+0.5551s
1323Tim SladePremiAirChevrolet+0.6651s
145James CourtneyTickfordFord+0.696s
1596Macauley JonesBJRChevrolet+0.838s
1617Will DavisonDJRFord+0.8874s
1731James GoldingPremiAirChevrolet+0.9666s
1814Bryce FullwoodBJRChevrolet+0.9864s
1934Jack Le BrocqMSRChevrolet+1.0102s
2018Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Chevrolet+1.0103s
2135Cameron HillMSRChevrolet+1.0309s
2288Broc FeeneyTriple EightChevrolet+1.1463s
232Nick PercatWAUFord+1.1493s
244Jack SmithBJRChevrolet+1.4985s
2556Declan FraserTickfordFord+1.5621s
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