Reynolds fastest in final Bathurst practice

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 07/10/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

David Reynolds warmed up for his Top 10 Shootout appearance by setting the fastest time in final practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Teams focused on long runs for the majority of the 60-minute session which, apart from tomorrow’s brief warm-up, was the last chance to work on set-up improvements before the race.

Reynolds, who was second in yesterday’s qualifying, clocked 2:04.9948s in a Shootout simulation run at the 15-minute mark that proved unbeatable.

Click here for the full Practice 6 result.

“My car wasn’t too bad. It was a one-lapper on an old set of tyres, it wasn’t brand new,” explained Reynolds.

“For me to go a lot quicker we need that new tyre grip and new tyre feel in the rear, I just didn’t have it then.

“Overall it’s pretty good, then I did a race run and the balance was OK. I think we’ve got to tune it up for tomorrow, but it’s probably going to be wet anyway.”

Another Shootout runner, James Courtney, fell just 0.0443s seconds short of Reynolds' benchmark moments prior to a red flag that ended the session two minutes early.

The stoppage was triggered by an off from Taz Douglas, who beached the #3 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden in the Hell Corner gravel.

Hell Corner claimed Michael Caruso’s Nissan earlier in the session, with the #23 Altima glancing the concrete side-on and bringing out the first stoppage.

“It was a silly mistake. I tried to keep the speed up to get out of the sand trap but obviously slapped the concrete,” said Caruso, who returned to the track after repairs.

“I don’t think it’s too much [damage], but I just didn’t want to drag it for six kilometres back in case there was something bad.”

An early 2:05.1922s from Shane van Gisbergen before handing over to co-driver Matt Campbell proved good enough for third in the final order.

Chaz Mostert improved late to end up fourth ahead of Prodrive team-mate Mark Winterbottom, whose co-driver Dean Canto had an early spin at Hell Corner.

Mostert has been among the fastest runners in the bulk of the sessions, but is currently less-than-pleased with his Supercheap Ford.

“[We need] a few set-up changes to make the car a bit better,” he said.

“I think we’ve probably made it a bit worse and there’s other componentry issues as well.

“[It’s] not a very good lead-up to the race for us, we’ve got some work to do, but we’ll see how we go in the Shootout this afternoon.”

Completing the top 10 were Scott Pye, Jamie Whincup, Caruso and James Moffat, whose Commodore was rebuilt by Garry Rogers Motorsport last night after a qualifying crash.

Craig Lowndes, who qualified 19th, was once again down the order in 18th, but with no Shootout appearance to come, was among those solely focused on race runs.

“We’re now focusing on a race car. Obviously cambers are off, we’re full of fuel, reasonable tyres, just trying to get our heads around what the conditions are going to be tomorrow," he said.

"It’s hard to know because some people are still in Top 10 mode. For us the car is quite easy to drive. It’s moving around a bit on full tanks, but we’re happy with where the car’s at."

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