Bathurst 1000: Canto leads lightning fast co-driver practice

Dean Canto pipped James Golding to top a lightning fast co-driver practice session that saw times dip into the 2m05.3s.

Bathurst 1000: Canto leads lightning fast co-driver practice
Fabian Coulthard, Team Penske Ford
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske Ford
Fabian Coulthard, Team Penske Ford
David Reynolds, Erebus Motorsport Holden
Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Cameron Waters, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Cameron Waters, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Mark Winterbottom, Dean Canto Prodrive, Racing Australia Ford
Car of Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden after his crash

The Prodrive Racing driver backed up his session-topping effort yesterday to finish up on top of the co-driver field, doing so with a stunning 2m05.336s lap.

The times shifted down into the sixes in the early part of the session, Warren Luff and Todd Hazelwood both banking late 2m06s laps inside the first 10 minutes.

The benchmark was lowered again as the session headed towards the 20-minute mark, Canto jumping to the top for the first time with a 2m06.443s.

HSV Racing’s Jack Perkins enjoyed a brief stint at the top at the half-hour mark with a 2m06.245s, before the session briefly turned into a battle of the Prodrive co-drivers.

Canto went first, going quickest with a 2m06.182s. He was immediately replaced by Steve Owen, who banked a 2m06.102s, before Canto hit back by becoming the first co-driver into the fives with a 2m05.964s.

At the same time Richie Stanaway got involved, recovering from an earlier engine issue to pop up in second with a 2m06.085s.

With a little under 20 minutes to go Alex Premat put DJR Team Penske into the heat of the battle, moving up to second with a 2m06.055s.

Just seconds later, Ford’s monopoly on the top four was broken when Luff banged out a 2m05.484 in his HSV Commodore. Steve Owen did his best to respond straight away, improving to a 2m05.764s and then a 2m05.553 on consecutive laps.

There was another red flag with seven minutes to go thanks to Taz Douglas beaching himself at the last corner, which led to a three-minute green tyre sprint at the end of the session.

While GRM driver James Golding looked to have got the best of the one-lap shootout when he jumped to the top with a 2m05.345s, it was Canto who had the last laugh, sealing P1 with a 2m05.336s right at the flag.

“It’s always exciting when you see a five on the dash and then you hear the call over the radio P1 for the session,” said Canto.

“Co-drivers, we’re always trying to do our best out there. It’s not about being the quickest, but it’s always nice to finish on top.”

Golding wound up second by just 0.008s, while Luff – who opted to sit out the last three minutes, dropped back to third.

Triple Eight’s Paul Dumbrell made big gains on his final lap, winding up fourth with a 2m05.545s, which dropped Owen back to fifth.

Hazelwood finished up sixth quickest, ahead of Stanaway and Penske pair Tony D’Alberto and Alex Premat.

Macauley Jones rounded out the Top 10.

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom 
australia  Dean Canto 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'05.3368  
2 33 australia  Garth Tander 
australia  James Golding 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.3456 0.0088
3 2 australia  Warren Luff 
australia  Scott Pye 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.4848 0.1480
4 88 australia  Jamie Whincup 
australia  Paul Dumbrell 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.5450 0.2082
5 55 australia  Steven Owen 
australia  Chaz Mostert 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'05.5539 0.2171
6 21 australia  Tim Blanchard 
australia  Todd Hazelwood 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.8204 0.4836
7 6 new_zealand  Richie Stanaway 
australia  Cameron Waters 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'05.8795 0.5427
8 12 Tony D'Alberto 
new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard 
Ford Falcon FG/X 2'05.8950 0.5582
9 17 france  Alexandre Prémat 
new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'06.0554 0.7186
10 8 australia  Nick Percat 
australia  Macauley Jones 
Holden Commodore VF 2'06.1096 0.7728
11 22 australia  James Courtney 
australia  Jack Perkins 
Holden Commodore VF 2'06.2457 0.9089
12 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro 
australia  David Russell 
Nissan Altima 2'06.2843 0.9475
13 888 new_zealand  Steven Richards 
australia  Craig Lowndes 
Holden Commodore VF 2'06.4563 1.1195
14 23 australia  Michael Caruso 
australia  Dean Fiore 
Nissan Altima 2'06.4716 1.1348
15 15 australia  Rick Kelly 
australia  David Wall 
Nissan Altima 2'06.5905 1.2537
16 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen 
australia  Matt Campbell 
Holden Commodore VF 2'06.7123 1.3755
17 20 australia  Todd Kelly 
australia  Jack Le Brocq 
Nissan Altima 2'06.7146 1.3778
18 56 australia  Jason Bright 
australia  Garry Jacobson 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'06.7875 1.4507
19 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth 
australia  Karl Reindler 
Holden Commodore VF 2'06.8345 1.4977
20 3 australia  Aaren Russell 
australia  Taz Douglas 
Holden Commodore VF 2'06.8726 1.5358
21 9 australia  David Reynolds 
Luke Youlden 
Holden Commodore VF 2'06.9433 1.6065
22 99 australia  Dale Wood 
new_zealand  Chris Pither 
Holden Commodore VF 2'07.2616 1.9248
23 19 Jonathon Webb 
australia  Will Davison 
Holden Commodore VF 2'07.3893 2.0525
24 14 australia  Tim Slade 
australia  Ash Walsh 
Holden Commodore VF 2'07.4051 2.0683
25 34 australia  James Moffat 
australia  Richard Muscat 
Holden Commodore VF 2'07.6453 2.3085
26 62 australia  Alex Davison 
australia  Alex Rullo 
Holden Commodore VF 2'07.6938 2.3570
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