Sydney test: Fastest laps and mileage charts

  • GEN3 Repco Supercars Championship
  • |
  • 22/02/2023
  • By James Pavey

Wednesday’s pre-season test at Sydney Motorsport Park has produced some intriguing numbers across the board.

The day, which featured a combined eight hours of running, was the first time all 25 Gen3 cars shared a track together.

By day's end, Brad Jones Racing led the way in both the pace stakes and the mileage chart.

Andre Heimgartner topped both the morning and afternoon sessions, twice ahead of Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown.

Heimgartner shot his #8 R&J Batteries Camaro to top spot twice on Wednesday, while teammate Bryce Fullwood logged the most laps.

Fullwood recorded a combined 121 laps of Sydney Motorsport Park — or just over 473km.

All 25 cars combined to log a staggering 1658 laps of the 3.91km circuit, which totalled nearly 6482km.

Heimgartner set the pace

BJR’s four cars totalled 352 laps (1376km), with the two Red Bull Ampol Racing Camaro combining for 202 laps.

The #88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Camaro of Broc Feeney — with Jamie Whincup also sampling the car — recorded 111 laps.

Tickford Racing’s four Mustangs combined for 304 laps, with the team’s co-drivers logging 98 laps in the #56 TRADIE entry.

Conversely, Scott Pye completed just 22 laps on the day, and just seven in the afternoon, after his #20 Hino Camaro picked up a broken gearbox mount.

Thomas Randle managed to record 52 laps in the afternoon session after throttle gremlins scuppered his morning session.

Nick Percat was the other major casualty after he stopped on the track late in the afternoon session due to a loose wheel nut.

Brown and Erebus teammate Brodie Kostecki combined for just 80 laps, but were comfortably on the pace.

Erebus' Camaros were quick over one lap

Todd Hazelwood was the fastest Ford on the day in ninth, with 17 of the drivers’ fastest laps coming in the afternoon session.

As ever, rumblings of sandbagging emerged after the test, which came as no surprise to Fullwood.

“There's a certain element of people sandbagging you know, like this happens, you'll hear it, it's a hot topic,” Fullwood said.

"But I feel like at the end of the day - the last hour probably didn't quite go our way, we had a couple of little dramas.

"So I feel like we're a bit stronger than probably where we show but through most of the day we've been pretty speedy actually."

Teams will now shift their attention to the Thrifty Newcastle 500 on March 10-12.

Tickets for the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship opener are on sale on Supercars.com and Ticketek.com.

2023 Sydney pre-season test: Fastest laps per driver

Driver Session Best lap Margin
Heimgartner Afternoon 1:29.6787
Brown Afternoon 1:29.6944 0.0157
B.Kostecki Afternoon 1:29.7851 0.1064
Jones Afternoon 1:29.9584 0.2797
Smith Afternoon 1:30.2193 0.5406
Fullwood Afternoon 1:30.2449 0.5662
van Gisbergen Afternoon 1:30.2472 0.5685
Winterbottom Afternoon 1:30.6914 1.0127
Hazelwood Afternoon 1:30.7131 1.0344
Feeney Afternoon 1:30.7341 1.0554
Hill Afternoon 1:30.7717 1.0930
Le Brocq Afternoon 1:30.8698 1.1911
Mostert Afternoon 1:31.0940 1.4153
De Pasquale Afternoon 1:31.2223 1.5436
Slade Afternoon 1:31.2401 1.5614
Waters Afternoon 1:31.3408 1.6621
Payne Afternoon 1:31.3755 1.6968
W.Davison Morning 1:31.4941 1.7219
Reynolds Morning 1:31.5737 1.8014
Pye Morning 1:31.6324 1.8210
Randle Afternoon 1:31.6544 1.9537
Golding Afternoon 1:31.7031 2.0244
*Combined Afternoon 1:31.8418 2.1631
Courtney Morning 1:32.2209 2.4512
Percat Afternoon 1:32.3073 2.5422

2023 Sydney pre-season test: Most laps per driver

Driver Morning Afternoon Total
Fullwood 69 52 121
Feeney 64 47 111
Combined* 45 53 98
van Gisbergen 47 44 91
Waters 35 52 87
W.Davison 53 33 86
Heimgartner 47 35 82
Jones 49 27 76
De Pasquale 51 23 74
Smith 32 41 73
Slade 32 37 69
Le Brocq 23 40 63
Golding 34 28 62
Randle 10 52 62
Payne 31 28 59
Courtney 30 27 57
Reynolds 27 30 57
Hill 18 31 49
Mostert 16 33 49
Percat 20 27 47
Winterbottom 17 30 47
Brown 21 19 40
B.Kostecki 13 27 40
Hazelwood 13 23 36
Pye 15 7 22

*Declan Fraser's #56 Mustang was shared by Zak Best, Tyler Everingham, James Moffat and Garry Jacobson

Stay In The Know
Sign up to the Repco Supercars Championship Newsletter