Times tumbled below Will Davison's 2012 lap record during today's V8 Supercar practice sessions at Sandown, with Team BOC's Bright ending the day ninth overall.
Bright, who consistently set fastest times throughout the day, says dropping to ninth is just a sign of his prioritisation of race post over qualifying form for Sunday's 500km endurance race.
Co-driver Andrew Jones was also at the top of the times for most of his session and says that bodes well for the weekend.
There will be one final practice session tomorrow at 10.20 before qualifying at 12.25. Two 20-lap races will follow that, one for the co-drivers and one for the regular drivers. The results of those will determine the starting grid for Sunday's 500km race.
"We made a big change towards the end of that last session and ran out of time. We had to go to our next set of tyres in a hurry but didn't end up getting a lap in anyway because I backed off to get some clear track and got the chequered flag instead.
"I think the car's reasonably strong though. All day it's been up there and this race is all about the 500km on Sunday, not your time over one lap. I'm very happy with the way the car's working at the moment. It's balanced."
Team BOC Co-Driver
"Brighty has been saying all year that we had the most to gain from the introduction of Car of the Future and this was one of our worst circuits last year. If we were going to gain anywhere it was always going to be this place. Now, all the places that we were weak here last year we're not weak anymore. We're much more competitive.
"I feel pretty confident with where I am with the car. Early on in my session we were really strong. We had a programme to get through and the first couple of changes were quite good and we made time but, just before the red flag, we made a change that hurt us quite a bit. We lost too much time with the red flag to back out so we dropped back a bit at the end."
2013 Sandown 500 ? V8 Supercar Championship ? Race 28
SANDOWN INTERNATIONAL MOTOR RACEWAY
01 C.Lowndes / W.Luff, Red Bull Racing Australia, 1:08.9334
02 L.Holdsworth / C.Baird, Irwin Racing, +0.0279
03 W.Davison / S.Owen, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford, +0.0834
04 S.McLaughlin / J.Perkins, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +0.0936
05 A.Premat / G.Ritter, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +0.1187
06 M.Winterbottom / S.Richards, Pepsi MaxCrew FPR Ford, +0.1251
07 G.Tander / N.Percat, Holden Racing Team, +0.2880
08 A.Davison / J.McIntyre, Jeld-wen FPR Ford, +0.3948
09 J.Bright / A.Jones, Team BOC, +0.4927
10 D.Reynolds / D.Canto, The Bottle-O FPR Ford, +0.5034
Published: 13 September 2013.