Bathurst practice summary

The first day of the 2002 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 featured the return to Mt Panorama of Peter Brock, but it was the performance of the Holden Racing Team that highlighted the day. In front of a crowd of 28,566, Jason Bright finished strongly in ...

The first day of the 2002 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 featured the return to Mt Panorama of Peter Brock, but it was the performance of the Holden Racing Team that highlighted the day.

In front of a crowd of 28,566, Jason Bright finished strongly in today's first V8 Supercar practice session clocking the fastest lap of 2 minutes 10.3921 seconds.

In the Number 2 HRT Commodore co-driven by Tomas Mezera, Bright showed signs that he is ready and able to take Bathurst victory number two on Sunday, but kept his enthusiasm in check.

"There is still a long way to go. There's no point being first in the first practice session if you're nowhere on Sunday," said Bright.

"Hopefully we will keep the dry running until the race, and you'll see some faster times yet."

Holding down top position until the final five minutes of the session was the Number 1 HRT car of team-mates Mark Skaife and Jim Richards.

Skaife continued his sensational 2002 season clocking a 2:10.7325 lap during the one-hour practice session with co-driver Richards also pulling out some fast laps.

"The car was really good today, and we hardly had to make any changes. We made it across the hill without too much drama which is always good," said Skaife.

Aiming for his first Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 victory in 19 attempts, Glenn Seton was third fastest with a best lap of 2:11.2809.

The Ford Credit Racing car co-driven by 25-year-old Owen Kelly was the leading Ford Falcon in today's session.

"I wish every round was at Bathurst because we always seem to do really well here," said Seton.

Driving in his 25th Bathurst race, Larry Perkins produced a smart time of 2:11.5754 to be fourth fastest in his Castrol Perkins Racing Commodore co-driven by youngster Paul Dumbrell.

Following his recent VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 victory, David Besnard finished the session in fifth spot after a good first-up hit-out with Wayne Gardner in their Caltex Havoline Falcon.

The return of Peter Brock to Bathurst gained momentum with the 05 Team Brock Commodore setting the 20th fastest time of 2:13.1516.

In the Konica V8 Supercar Series, Luke Youlden from Super Cheap Auto Racing was the fastest in practice today clocking a best lap of 2:14.5625. His Falcon AU was followed by Michael Simpson (Howard Simpson Racing), 2:15.1385, and Wayne Wakefield (Sirromet Racing), 2:16.1905.

In the Formula Ford category, Mark Winterbottom was the fastest qualifier in his Bosch Batteries Spectrum 09 with a 2:24.1693 lap. In the Porsche Cup, Peter Fitzgerald posted the fastest lap in qualifying with a 2:21.5169 circuit of Mt Panorama in his Falken Tyres/VIP Petfoods 996 GT3. While Brad Tilley was the fastest qualifier in the Historic Touring Cars setting a 2:30.5893 lap in his Ford Mustang.

Tomorrow's session starts at 8.40am with the V8 Supercars hitting the track for practice at 10.20am and qualifying at 1.15pm (concludes 2.55pm).

V8 SUPERCARS PRACTICE #1
1. Jason Bright/Tomas Mezera (Holden Racing Team #1) 2:10.3921
2. Mark Skaife/Jim Richards (Holden Racing Team #2) 2:10.7325
3. Glenn Seton/Owen Kelly (Ford Credit Racing #5) 2:11.2809
4. Larry Perkins/Paul Dumbrell (Castrol Perkins Racing #11) 2:11.5794
5. David Besnard/Wayne Gardner (Caltex Havoline Racing #9) 2:11.6062
6. Greg Murphy/Todd Kelly (K-Mart Racing Team #51) 2:11.11.7826
7. Marcos Ambrose/Paul Weel (Pirtek Racing #4) 2:11.8932
8. Steve Richards/Russell Ingall (Castrol Perkins Racing #16) 2:11.9338
9. Tony Longhurst/Matthew White (Betta Electrical #66) 2:12.0157
10. Mark Larkham/Will Power (Orrcon Racing #10) 2:12.0467

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Wayne Gardner , Russell Ingall , Jim Richards , Mark Skaife , Paul Weel , Mark Larkham , Glenn Seton , Todd Kelly , Brad Tilley , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Tony Longhurst , Paul Dumbrell , Matthew White , Owen Kelly , Larry Perkins , Bob Jane , Peter Brock , Will Power , Peter Fitzgerald , Wayne Wakefield , Steve Richards , Mike Simpson
Teams Holden Racing Team