Mostert blitzes dramatic opening practice

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 26/02/2021
  • By James Pavey

A dramatic opening practice for the Repco Mt Panorama 500 has been topped by Chaz Mostert.

Shane van Gisbergen's early flyer of 2:06.5262s held firm for much of the session.

However, a thrilling final stanza of the session saw Mostert put half a second on the field.

The 60-minute session was punctuated by several offs and a heavy crash for Erebus Motorsport rookie Will Brown.

Held under sunny skies following thick morning fog, van Gisbergen set the early running.

Brown also demonstrated impressive pace and was running in the top three, on a 2:06.8280s, at the time of his crash.

With just under 28 minutes remaining, the 22-year-old clipped the inside wall at the Dipper.

Brown's WD-40-backed car fired into the outside wall, just missing the tyre barrier, with the #9 coming to a rest at corner exit.

Several drivers hit trouble at the Chase in particular as they pushed the boundaries of the Mount Panorama Circuit.

Notably, Brown's teammate Brodie Kostecki rotated his #99 Boost Mobile Commodore, with Jack Le Brocq, Macauley Jones and Scott Pye also striking trouble.

The final minutes of the session saw drivers attack the time sheets, with a fast lap at the death launching Mostert to the top.

His Walkinshaw Andretti United teammate, Bryce Fullwood, impressed to record the third-quickest time, with Cameron Waters firing his #6 Monster Energy Mustang into second.

Such was the late flurry of times that van Gisbergen was 12th by session's end.

Cars will return to the circuit for Practice 2 at 4:05pm AEDT.

This weekend's event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and the Seven Network, and will be streamed on Kayo. Check out the full TV schedule here.

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