Dumbrell leads co-drivers

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 06/10/2016
  • By Kassie Gadeke

The #88 Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore has done the job again in practice two, with Paul Dumbrell recording a 2min06.89 in the co-driver only session.

A huge crash for James Golding ‘under the tree’ triggered the red flag with seven minutes to go. The team is assessing the car and is hopeful it will be out tomorrow, set to miss this afternoon's final session. 

The accident was almost identical to Greg Murphy’s in 2013, and follows a big crash for Golding at the last round at Sandown that put he and James Moffat out of the race.

Ash Walsh popped into second with just over a minute to go – he and Tim Slade have both been positive about their prospects this weekend at Bathurst. Walsh made a mistake in the final sector that meant he couldn’t challenge Dumbrell’s time.

“I’ve been out in the Porsche this morning and no matter how many times you’ve done it, a lap is crazy … they team has prepared me really well,” Walsh said.

Dean Canto (sharing with Mark Winterbottom) was on top of the times for much of the session, but finished fourth behind Alex Premat (Shane van Gisbergen).

Missing from the front was defending champs Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards – they were 26th in the session.

“There’s nothing go on, we’re just not fast enough – we’re doing our best,” Richards said.

Lowndes added: “We actually damaged the car in the first practice session”.

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There’s a final session open to all drivers at 3.15pm.

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