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Sandown 500 Friday Report

Friday at the Sandown 500 was an intriguing if unrepresentative day of practice for the first Pirtek Enduro Cup round of 2017.

The wet weather is only scheduled for Friday and early Saturday meaning that the teams are going into the race on Sunday with no dry running.

Sandown is also the second running of the retro round with most of the teams running a retro inspired livery on their cars.

Practice 1

The first practice session of the weekend was a co-driver exclusive session

The session started dry and allowed the drivers to get to grips with the cars.

Dean Fiore in the #23 Nissan was fastest which is becoming a trend for that car to top early practice each weekend.

The conditions became notably worse throughout the session and many drivers were driving around just getting practice in the wet in preparation for further wet running.

Notable names in the session include for GP2 race winner Richie Stanaway and multiple Bathurst champion Steven Richards.

Practice 2

Second practice at Sandown was the only session the main game drivers got on Friday and the weather did not ease up meaning no representative running.

All of the drivers were struggling with the conditions and most of the usual suspects performing well.

Mostert was top for most of the session followed by other wet weather specialists like Van Gisbergen, Courtney and McLaughlin.

With 5 minutes left to go in the session, Fabian Coulthard put the #12 Ford Falcon in the fence and bringing out the red flag, ending the session in the process.

The car was not too badly but was still in need of repairs between sessions.

Rick Kelly in the #15 Nissan was fastest in the wet, continuing Nissan’s strong start to the weekend.

Practice 3

The third and final practice session was another co-driver exclusive session and unsurprisingly the weather remained poor.

All of the cars went out to assist the drivers learning curve due to the lack of car time over the season especially in wet conditions.

DJR Team Penske were able to repair the #12 in time for the session and Tony D’Alberto repaid the team by putting the car first at the end of the session.

Car #88 was struggling once again for pace with Jamie Whincup admitting the team have no pace in the wet at this circuit.

Article by Adam Ashmore (@GeorgeAshmore_)



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