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Russell keeps Erebus on top in Bathurst Practice 2

DAVID Russell underlined Erebus Motorsport’s strong early form at the Repco Bathurst 1000 by topping a Practice 2 session for co-drivers that completed the Thursday running.

A 2:05.6826s set halfway through the session aboard Brodie Kostecki’s Camaro proved the fastest of the day, giving Erebus a Thursday sweep following Will Brown’s Practice 1 effort.

Russell already had his eye in prior to the 60-minute hitout, having tackled half of a Practice 1 session in which Kostecki had clocked the third-quickest time.

“The car rolled out really good,” reflected Russell of how the day began.

“Brodie said to George on the radio ‘good job mate, you’ve rolled out nice’. The car has been good to drive and clearly it’s got reasonable pace.”

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In a repeat of the first session, it was a Grove Racing Mustang that proved Erebus’ closest rival.

This time it was Garth Tander in P2 aboard David Reynolds’ #26 Ford. Tander had a wild moment at Skyline at the start of a final run that ultimately yielded a 2:06.3351s best.

Richie Stanaway completed the top three in Shane van Gisbergen’s Triple Eight Camaro, having set his 2:06.3842s best on his first flying lap.

Among late improvers was Dick Johnson Racing wildcard Kai Allen, who rocketed to fourth fastest in the Mustang he shares with Simona De Silvestro.

Fellow wildcard Zane Goddard, Jamie Whincup (#88 Camaro), DJR pair Alex Davison and Tony D’Alberto, Jack Perkins (#9 Camaro) and Lee Holdsworth (#25 Mustang) completed the 10.

Grove Racing’s French import Kevin Estre was 19th fastest, just under two seconds adrift of Russell’s blistering pace.

The session included the first crash and red flag among the Supercars field; Dean Fiore crunching the Murray’s Corner fence at the 10-minute mark.

That triggered a 15-minute red flag stoppage and, despite optimism from Fiore, damage to the #14 Middy’s Camaro kept it from the remainder of the session.

Two more practice sessions will take place on Friday ahead of qualifying.

RESULTS: Supercars Practice 2, Repco Bathurst 1000

PosNo.Driver/sTeamCarTime/Gap
199David RussellErebusChevrolet2m05.6826s
226Garth TanderGroveFord+0.6525s
397Richie StanawayTriple EightChevrolet+0.7016s
498Kai AllenDJRFord+0.9326s
5888Zane GoddardTriple EightChevrolet+1.0824s
688Jamie WhincupTriple EightChevrolet+1.0997s
717Alex DavisonDJRFord+1.1002s
811Tony D’AlbertoDJRFord+1.1171s
99Jack PerkinsErebusChevrolet+1.1515s
1025Lee HoldsworthWAUFord+1.3600s
116James MoffatTickfordFord+1.5023s
1234Jayden OjedaMSRChevrolet+1.5024s
1318Michael CarusoTeam 18Chevrolet+1.5431s
142Fabian CoulthardWAUFord+1.5449s
1555Garry JacobsonTickfordFord+1.6880s
1631Dylan O’KeeffePremiAirChevrolet+1.7093s
175Zak BestTickfordFord+1.7197s
1856Tyler EveringhamTickfordFord+1.7980s
1919Kevin EstreGroveFord+1.8491s
2020Warren LuffTeam 18Chevrolet+1.9255s
217Jake KosteckiBRTFord+1.9540s
224Jaxon EvansBJRChevrolet+2.0478s
2396Jordan BoysBJRChevrolet+2.0868s
248Dale WoodBJRChevrolet+2.0899s
2523Jonathon WebbPremiAirChevrolet+2.2767s
263Tim BlanchardBRTFord+2.4086s
2735Jaylyn RobothamMSRChevrolet+3.0124s
2814Dean FioreBJRChevrolet+4.9274s
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