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- 2019 V8 Supercar Championship Season - News - BATHURST EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
News // BATHURST: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Schedules are rarely altered in V8 Supercars but a combination of torrential rain and limited wet-weather tyres forced teams to abandon today's final practice at Bathurst.

Team BOC's Jason Bright says he would not have ventured out in the conditions regardless of Dunlop's decision to preserve its finite supply of wet rubber, which could still run out before race day if current conditions persist.

Co-driver Andrew Jones completed one full practice session earlier in the day, his first ever around Bathurst in wet conditions, finishing 10th-fastest. Brighty was ninth-fastest in the first session when he handed the car over to Jones.

Two more practice sessions are currently scheduled for tomorrow morning before qualifying at 2.45pm.

Jason Bright
Team BOC
"We don't need to be running around in such wet conditions on Thursday. I was happy enough to sit it out regardless of the tyre situation so it's good that the whole category decided it wasn't worth it either!

"The tyre situation is only going to be a problem if it's wet running all weekend. Unfortunately we haven't had a wet race for a while so teams have got a lot of the slightly used tyres that are beyond their sell-by date. Most teams have had to buy tyres at the same time, which has put Dunlop in a tighter situation than they would have been otherwise.

"I really only did five laps on our good tyres. We got up into the top ten and Jonesy was up to seventh in the co-drivers' session so I'm confident we're in the ball park."

Andrew Jones
Team BOC Co-Driver
"That was the first time for me ever to drive around this place in the rain. I've never had a wet run before. It was interesting; the painted lines are crazy slippery, but I felt comfortable. If it's wet on Sunday I'll be able to hold up my side of the bargain.

"Our session was obviously wet but it was dryer at the start and I don't think I made the most of it. That's partly down to our position at the end of pit lane, which means I spent the first three laps passing cars to find clear air. We were seventh quickest at that point and there's talk that people used a second set of tyres later on so I think we'll be good tomorrow."

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - 2011 V8 Supercars - Race 20
MOUNT PANORAMA - BATHURST
Practice 1
01 Tim Slade, JRR, 2:24.2255
02 Shane Van Gisbergen, SBR, +0.0616
03 James Moffat, DJR, +0.3821
04 J.Courtney/C.McConville, HRT, +1.3767
05 Steven Johnson, DJR, +1.4555
06 Dean Fiore, TFR, +1.5222
07 G.Tander/N.Percat, HRT, +1.8169
08 Greg Murphy, Perkins Engineering, +2.0219
09 T.Kelly/David Russell, Kelly Racing, +2.0969
10 F.Coulthard/C.Baird, Walkinshaw Performance, +2.4960
22 J.Bright/A.Jones, Team BOC, +4.0796

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - 2011 V8 Supercars - Race 20
MOUNT PANORAMA - BATHURST
Practice 2
01 Steven Richards, FPR, 2:27.8960
02 David Besnard, DJR, +0.4432
03 David Russell, Kelly Racing, +0.7417
04 Mark Skaife, 888, +0.8048
05 Greg Ritter, GRM, +0.8760
06 Paul Morris, PMM, +1.1214
07 David Brabham, SBR, +1.5466
08 Richard Lyons, SJW, +1.6558
09 Luke Youlden, FPR, +1.8726
10 Andrew Jones, Team BOC, +1.8902

Published: 06 October 2011.

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