In somewhat of a dress rehearsal for qualifying, David Reynolds set the fastest time in Practice 2 at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 as several drivers hit trouble.
With the opening practice session affected by wet weather, Practice 2 was held under sunny skies, with Penrite Racing enjoying a one-two in the session.
Jamie Whincup set the early running in the #888 Red Bull Holden ZB Commodore, dropping in a 1:08.554s to sit in P1 – but an early error would scupper his progress.
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As the seven-time series champion pressed on after his fast lap, Whincup locked up heading into Turn 9, failed to arrest the error and beached the car in the sandtrap, triggering a red flag. He would return to set the ninth fastest time.
In the dying stages of the session, Reynolds fired to P1 with a new practice record of 1:07.777s. Teammate Anton De Pasquale impressed to finish just 0.113s behind after leading the final minutes.
In his new DJR Team Penske Mustang, series leader Scott McLaughlin was third, 0.220s off Reynolds’ benchmark.
Chaz Mostert was fourth fastest with a 1:08.053s, but also fired off at Turn 9 – as did Scott Pye – as the session wound down.
Friday’s final session, additional drivers Practice 3, commences at 3:20pm AEDT.
Full results here.