Bathurst 1000: Practice crash peels roof off Jones Holden
Macauley Jones was the first driver bitten by Mount Panorama in opening Bathurst 1000 practice.
The Brad Jones Racing driver slapped the wall at The Cutting just over halfway through the hour-long session, claiming the unwanted honour of first crash, and red flag, of the weekend.
The impact had a bizarre effect on his Commodore too, the car's roof effectively peeling off as he rolled to a stop at Reid Park before dropping back into place.
"I just lost the rear," he said.
"The track is very loose at the moment, we just made a change, went back out and it definitely didn’t help it.
"It didn’t feel like it went in that hard, just slowly lost the rear and then tapped it.
"It looks a lot worse than what I think it is, there’s no suspension damage, just panel work, really, and for some reason the roof took a lot of it.”
It was a lightning fast opening session, Triple Eight Holden driver Jamie Whincup leading the way with a 2m04.674s.
“The car feels pretty good out of the gate which is nice. I hate starting seconds off and having to chase,” said the seven-time series champion.
“It’s still a huge job to do, tuning the car as the weekend goes on, but so far, so good.”
The Kostecki Brothers Racing entry was the best of the wildcards down in 23rd, 2.9s off the pace.
“It’s a bit of a baptism of fire for us here,” said Hinchcliffe.
“Alex and I were joking earlier it’s kind of like drinking out of a fire hose.
“We have very little car knowledge, zero track knowledge and obviously this is one of the most daunting, challenging race tracks in the world.
“But man it’s beautiful. All the hype, it’s everything everybody said it was and then some."
|1||88||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||19||2'04.6744||179.401|
|2||5||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||20||2'04.8648||0.1904||0.1904||179.128|
|3||99||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||17||2'05.0634||0.3890||0.1986||178.843|
|4||55||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||19||2'05.0945||0.4201||0.0311||178.799|
|5||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||16||2'05.1578||0.4834||0.0633||178.708|
|6||9||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||15||2'05.2012||0.5268||0.0434||178.646|
|7||12||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||20||2'05.2210||0.5466||0.0198||178.618|
|8||17||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||20||2'05.3329||0.6585||0.1119||178.459|
|9||15||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||16||2'05.4112||0.7368||0.0783||178.347|
|10||78||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima||18||2'05.4728||0.7984||0.0616||178.260|
|11||7||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||18||2'05.7383||1.0639||0.2655||177.883|
|12||23||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||17||2'05.8082||1.1338||0.0699||177.784|
|13||6||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||20||2'05.8094||1.1350||0.0012||177.783|
|14||35||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||18||2'05.8689||1.1945||0.0595||177.699|
|15||8||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||20||2'05.9786||1.3042||0.1097||177.544|
|16||14||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||17||2'06.0683||1.3939||0.0897||177.418|
|17||34||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||21||2'06.0912||1.4168||0.0229||177.385|
|18||2||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||19||2'06.2302||1.5558||0.1390||177.190|
|19||18||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||19||2'06.2446||1.5702||0.0144||177.170|
|20||3||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||20||2'06.3389||1.6645||0.0943||177.038|
|21||22||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||19||2'06.7077||2.0333||0.3688||176.522|
|22||33||Richie Stanaway||Holden Commodore ZB||23||2'06.9316||2.2572||0.2239||176.211|
|23||56||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||16||2'07.5973||2.9229||0.6657||175.292|
|24||21||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||7||2'07.6944||3.020||0.0971||175.158|
|25||19||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||20||2'08.0006||3.3262||0.3062||174.739|
|26||27||Alexander Rossi||Holden Commodore ZB||23||2'09.2497||4.5753||1.2491||173.051|
Supercharged Mustang set for Bathurst demo
Bathurst 1000: Erebus Holden badly damaged in 20G crash