Chaz Mostert has gone quickest in the opening Supercars practice session at Bathurst, amid a highly interrupted hour with multiple crashes.
Practice 1 got underway below a glorious sunny Bathurst sky, but things weren’t so glorious for Rick Kelly when his Nissan Altima began smoking on the exit of Griffins bend.
Nissan diagnosed the problem as an issue with the oil overflow catch cam, with the pump unable to keep up with the pressure.
Todd Kelly also had smoke pouring out of his car, but the team quickly fixed the issue on both Altima’s.
The early quick laps were set by Tim Slade and Michael Caruso, but David Reynolds went fastest, before being topped by Slade again.
Slade’s session came to an abrupt end when he found the wall at Skyline.
The Freightliner racing driver carried immense speed over the top of Skyline, lifting both right side wheels off the ground which put the car sideways for the second part of the corner.
The right rear of the car made contact with the right hand wall, shooting Slade across the track to the concrete barrier before the Dipper, where it came to rest after crunching the wall on the left hand side of the car.
The session was red flagged for a number of minutes, until the mangled Brad Jones Racing Commodore was recovered, but got back underway with 28-minutes remaining with Chaz Mostert shooting straight to the top.
The next driver to find the wall was Alex Rullo in the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Commodore.
The 17-year old smacked the concrete wall on the exit of Forrest Elbow, displacing the front right wheel and grinding to halt a few metres down the road.
Another red flag was thrown with the session going back to green with just 10-minutes left on the clock.
Drivers took advantage of the rising track and ambient temperatures, moving onto qualifying simulation with Caruso going to the top immediately.
Dean Fiore, Fabian Coulthard and Reynolds all jumped up the leader-board, but Mostert eclipsed them all, setting a 2:06.303.
Lowndes popped into second in the dying stages, as Todd Kelly settled for third.
Coulthard and Fiore came fourth and fifth respectively, sixth was Cam Waters, followed by Scott McLaughlin, Reynolds, Rick Kelly as the top ten was rounded out by Jamie Whincup.
Practice 2 for the Bathurst 1000 will take place at 12:35pm AEDT, scheduled for the co-drivers only.