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Sweet and sour for Triple Eight, Courtney crashes

BROC Feeney has dominated final practice at the OTR SuperSprint as drama struck two Supercars champions.

The big moment of the session came within the first five minutes, James Courtney running wide at the final corner and spinning across the track.

Both the left-front and left-rear of the Snowy River Caravans Mustang made contact with the pit straight wall on driver’s right, causing visible damage.

“I just got wide on the grass… it’s all wet,” said Courtney.

“It’s disappointing.”

James Courtney. Pic: Ross Gibb

The initial damage report from Tickford Racing was promising at least, with the #5 Ford expected to comfortably make qualifying.

While Courtney didn’t set a time, Shane van Gisbergen’s struggles continued as he again was slowest of those to complete a lap.

The Kiwi, who had complained of more steering trauma in Practice 1, ended up more than two seconds adrift of the session-best lap set by Triple Eight teammate Feeney.

Feeney went to the top on his first flying lap with a 1:49.9907s – a time which no one would get within three tenths of at any point.

Broc Feeney. Pic: Ross Gibb

Cam Waters, David Reynolds and Thomas Randle all took turns in P2, with the latter ultimately proving Feeney’s closest company.

There were seven Fords in a top 10 which read: Feeney, Randle, Chaz Mostert, Anton De Pasquale, Reynolds, Will Brown, Waters, Andre Heimgartner, Matt Payne and Will Davison.

Next up is qualifying, which will run to a three-part format, beginning at 1:40pm local time (2:10pm AEST).

Results: Practice 2, 2023 OTR SuperSprint

188Broc FeeneyTriple EightChevrolet1:49.9907s
255Thomas RandleTickfordFord+0.307s
325Chaz MostertWAUFord+0.3567s
411Anton De PasqualeDJRFord+0.5248s
526David ReynoldsGroveFord+0.5391s
69Will BrownErebusChevrolet+0.5819s
76Cam WatersTickfordFord+0.6451s
88Andre HeimgartnerBJRChevrolet+0.6574s
919Matthew PayneGroveFord+0.7574s
1017Will DavisonDJRFord+0.8128s
1135Cameron HillMSRChevrolet+0.8526s
1299Brodie KosteckiErebusChevrolet+0.8578s
133Todd HazelwoodBRTFord+0.8672s
1423Tim SladePremiAirChevrolet+0.9009s
1534Jack Le BrocqMSRChevrolet+0.9053s
1631James GoldingPremiAirChevrolet+0.9109s
1756Declan FraserTickfordFord+1.1023s
1896Macauley JonesBJRChevrolet+1.2641s
1914Bryce FullwoodBJRChevrolet+1.2656s
202Nick PercatWAUFord+1.3457s
2118Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Chevrolet+1.3647s
2220Scott PyeTeam 18Chevrolet+1.4614s
234Jack SmithBJRChevrolet+1.4619s
2497Shane van GisbergenTriple EightChevrolet+2.0807s
255James CourtneyTickfordFordNTR
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