ONE of the youngest drivers at the Sandown 500 grid upstaged the veterans to most sensible Practice 3.
Toowoomba’s Will Brown, embarking on his first Enduro Cup campaign, put Anton De Pasquale’s No.99 Erebus Holden to the highest of the timesheets in Friday’s final hitout.
Just 0.0062 of a 2d separated the 3 quickest, with rookie Brown in illustrious corporate.
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ENTRY LIST: Every car, every driver at the 2018 Sandown 500
Second in the back of him, just 0.0032s adrift used to be two time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and reigning World Endurance Champion – however fellow Supercars rookie – Earl Bamber in Shane van Gisbergen’s No.97 Red Bull Holden, whilst 3rd fastest used to be 4 time Bathurst 1000 winner Steven Richards in Craig Lowndes’ No.888 Autobarn Holden.
Although it wasn’t an excellent consultation for Brown.
He took the No.99 for a travel throughout the sand lure at Dandenong Road Corner past due within the consultation after locking a brake.
“Tell me about it; I thought he was going to tear my rear wing off!” joked Richards, who’d been right away forward of him.
Brown controlled to steer clear of getting bogged, conserving the throttle in and doing a lap of the sand lure within the opposite route to seek out his long ago onto the monitor.
“I just didn’t want to get stuck!” Brown stated with fun.
Along with Bamber and Richards, Brown used to be surrounded by way of probably the most game’s largest names on the finish of day press convention, including Lowndes, Jamie Whincup, Paul Dumbrell and Shane van Gisbergen.
“To be sitting up here up alongside these guys that I was watching throughout racing go-karts, it’s pretty cool,” he stated.
“You never thought you’d ever race Supercars, it was always a dream.”
The final consultation handed with out Dumbrell’s new lap file from the morning consultation being afflicted, the No.1 Red Bull Holden surroundings the 2 quickest occasions of the day in each and every drivers’ arms and the one automobile to dip into the 67 2d bracket.
The Walkinshaw Andretti United automobiles of Jack Perkins and Warren Luff have been fourth and 5th forward of Dumbrell, whilst the first of the non-Holdens belonged to Alex Rullo in 7th, just 0.15s adrift of Brown’s time aboard Simona De Silvestro’s No.78 Harvey Norman Nissan.
The automobiles hit the monitor for yet one more observe consultation on Saturday forward of qualifying and the Races to the Grid, surroundings the beginning order for Sunday’s Sandown 500.