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VIDEO: Bizarre wheel incident halts Bathurst Super2 practice

A LOOSE wheel briefly brought the opening Dunlop Super 2/Super3 Series practice session to a halt at the Repco Bathurst 1000.

The right front wheel came loose on Super3 racer Kai Allen’s Holden Commodore VE as he travelled across the top Mount Panorama at the 25-minute mark of the 40 minute session.

The wheel parted company upon his arrival at Forrest’s Elbow, the Super3 points leader parking the car on the exit of the corner.

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However, the wheel continued on its merry way down Conrod Straight, smashing through two advertising banners and being avoided by the rest of the field, before finally coming to rest some 700 metres after coming off the car.

Watch in the player below.

Allen’s team was subsequently fined $3,000 – with half suspended until the end of the year in the event of a repeat of the breach – after an admission that it failed to fully secure the right front wheel before releasing the car onto the circuit.

It proved the only incident of an otherwise calm and quiet start to the second and third-tiers’ track running, following a bruising appearance in 2021 pocketed by red flags and Safety Car periods.

The showers that have been the talking point leading into the meeting eased prior to the start of the session, leading to a hint of a dry line. All drivers started the session on wet Dunlop tyres, but many of the top Super2 runners were switching to slicks as the red flag appeared.

Most remained on slicks when the session resumed, Cameron Hill improving on each of his three flying laps to top the session with a 2m09.5678s, heading his Triple Eight teammate Declan Fraser by just under half a second, with Matt Payne third.

RESULTS: Practice 1 – Dunlop Series, Bathurst

1111Cameron HillHolden Commodore VFDS22m09.5678s
2777Declan FraserHolden Commodore VFDS2+0.4717s
310Matt PayneNissan AltimaDS2+1.9428s
458Ryal HarrisHolden Commodore VFDS2+2.3131s
56Angelo MouzourisNissan AltimaDS2+2.4526s
654Matt McLeanHolden Commodore VFDS2+2.6866s
749Jay HansonHolden Commodore VFDS2+2.7655s
830Aaron SetonHolden Commodore VFDS2+3.725s
93Thomas MaxwellNissan AltimaDS2+3.9817s
10999Reef McCarthyHolden Commodore VFDS2+4.4591s
1167Nash MorrisFord Falcon FG XDS2+4.604s
1211Zane MorseHolden Commodore VFDS2+4.6042s
1378Zak BestFord Falcon FG XDS2+4.8751s
1438Cameron CrickHolden Commodore VFDS2+5.1584s
158Elly MorrowHolden Commodore VFDS2+7.8519s
165Brad VaughanFord Falcon FGDS3+8.9467s
172Steven PageHolden Commodore VE IIDS3+11.1949s
187Jim PollicinaHolden Commodore VEDS3+11.627s
1935Jason GomersallFord Falcon FGDS3+11.9189s
2023Ray HislopFord Falcon FGDS3+12.1757s
2127Tyler EveringhamNissan AltimaDS2+12.185s
22219James MastertonHolden Commodore VEDS3+13.3271s
2324David MurphyFord Falcon FGDS3+13.4558s
244Tony AuddinoFord Falcon BFDS3+13.5691s
2576Garry HillsHolden Commodore VE IIDS3+14.6795s
2646Jarred DanaherFord Falcon FGDS3+15.0554s
2726Kai AllenHolden Commodore VEDS3+15.3501s
2825Paul BoschertHolden Commodore VEDS3+15.4403s
2975Brendan StrongHolden Commodore VEDS3+18.6498s
3096Gary CollinsHolden Commodore VE IIDS3+22.0401s
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