Championship leader tops Friday practice for Sandown 500

2023-09-15 17:00:00

Championship leader tops Friday practice for Sandown 500
Series leader Brodie Kostecki has ended the first day at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 on top, pacing Friday’s third and final practice session.

The championship leader (#99 Coca-Cola Camaro) went fastest with a 1:08.7125s in the 30-minute session, with title combatant Broc Feeney just 0.0003s second behind.

The top 13 cars went quicker than the previous best lap of the day, set by Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol Camaro), in the morning Practice 1.

Will Brown, sharing the #9 Coca-Cola Camaro with Jack Perkins, made it an Erebus Motorsport one-three result in a session headlined by a red flag and intra-team Tickford Racing clash.

Todd Hazelwood beached his #3 CoolDrive Mustang with seven minutes remaining, triggering the first and only red flag of the session.

Earlier, Garry Jacobson (#55 Castrol Mustang) hit the rear of Tickford teammate Zak Best’s #5 Snowy River Caravans Mustang, with the latter picking up cosmetic rear damage.

It was an all Chevrolet top eight all told, although the session was largely centred on pit procedures, rather than outright pace.

The Jack Le Brocq/Jayden Ojeda #34 Truck Assist Camaro was fourth ahead of the Shane van Gisbergen/Richie Stanaway #97 Red Bull Ampol Chevrolet.

Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood (#8 R&J Batteries Camaro), Macauley Jones (#96 Pizza Hut Camaro) and Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso (#18 DEWALT Camaro) filled positions six through eight.

Cam Waters/James Moffat (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) and Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth (#25 Mobil 1 Optus Mustang) rounded out the top 10.

Saturday actions begins with Practice 4 from 10:45am AEST.

Coverage of the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 can be found on Foxtel and Kayo.

Tickets for the first endurance race of 2023 can be purchased via and Ticketek.

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