Star’s car ‘comes alive’ in ominous Bathurst warning BATHURST, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 02: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Chaz Mostert drives the #25 Mobil1 Appliances Online Racing Holden Commodore ZB looks on during practice for the Bathurst 1000 which is part of the 2021 Supercars Championship, at Mount Panorama, on December 02, 2021 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

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With the top-10 shootout looming large, a bleached blond Chaz Mostert blitzed the final practice session at Bathurst and declared he was ‘pumped for the whole team.’

Chaz Mostert declared his car had “come alive” at Mount Panorama after firing a warning to his rivals in the final practice before Bathurst 1000 qualifying.

In a qualifying test run before the drivers fight for a place in the top-10 shootout later on Friday, Mostert blitzed the fourth practice session with his 2:04.208 lap.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United star was fastest ahead of Triple Eight’s defending Bathurst 1000 champion Shane van Gisbergen and last year’s runner-up Cameron Waters.

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Sporting a bleached blond mohawk for the biggest race of the year, Mostert said had been buoyed by the car’s pace since he hit the track at Mount Panorama.

“Every time you drive around here there is a lot of commitment,” Mostert said.

“We were having a dip out there, but I must say since we have rolled the car out of the truck it has been confidence inspiring and that’s a credit to the whole guys at WAU.

“We were battling away at SMP for a few things but the car has come alive here.

“It is enjoyable to drive those laps when the car is underneath you and you are just trying to flow the speed.

“I’m just pumped for the whole team.”

Mostert is paired with Lee Holdsworth for this year’s race in what is considered to be one of the stronger driver combinations on the grid.

Earlier, Ford star Waters’ mission to go one better at this year’s Bathurst 1000 gathered pace as he aced Friday morning practice.

Runner-up at last year’s Bathurst 1000 behind van Gisbergen and Garth Tander, the Tickford Racing driver topped the third practice session with a late 2:04.7385 lap ahead of the defending champion.

Mostert, retiring seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup and Dick Johnson Racing’s Anton De Pasquale rounded out the top five in the session for all drivers.

Waters, who won the top-10 shootout to claim pole position for last year’s race, has shown strong early pace in his campaign after topping the opening practice session on Thursday.

Holdsworth looks menacing in Bathurst practice

Chaz Mostert and Lee Holdsworth sent a warning that they will be a major threat in the fight for Mount Panorama glory after blitzing second practice for the Bathurst 1000.

As the Supercars hit the track for the first time on Thursday, Mostert’s co-driver Holdsworth put their pair’s Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore on top in the second practice session in a strong opening to the pair’s campaign.

Holdsworth set down the fastest time of the second co-driver only session ahead of Tickford Racing’s James Moffat (Cameron Waters) and Dick Johnson Racing’s Alex Davison (Will Davison).

Mostert, 2014 Bathurst 1000 champion and third in last year’s Great Race, earlier recorded the second fastest time in the opening practice session among the lead drivers in a strong start for the team.

Garth Tander was fourth fastest for Triple Eight as he kickstarted his Bathurst 1000 defence with 2021 Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen.

Holdsworth felt his combination with Mostert was strong and was excited about the pair’s prospects in the Great Race.

“I am probably driving a lot more like him this year just from the way that I learned to drive his car,” Holdsworth said.

“So everything that is working for me is working for him and vice versa.

“It’s a great combination and we are really looking forward to Sunday.”

Seven-time Bathurst 1000 champion Craig Lowndes finished sixth in the co-driver session

Earlier, Ford star Waters fired the first shot in opening practice for the Bathurst 1000, kick-starting his quest to climb one step higher on the podium at Mount Panorama.

Runner-up in last year’s race behind Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander, Waters claimed first blood over his rivals with the fastest practice time for Tickford Racing as the Supercars hit the track for the first time this week.

Waters, who won the top-10 shootout to claim pole for last year’s Bathurst 1000, set the pace with a 2:05.023 lap to top the first session for all drivers ahead of Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert and Dick Johnson Racing’s Will Davison.

Waters’ teammate James Courtney and Team 18’s Mark Winterbottom rounded out the top five in the hour-long practice.

Defending Bathurst champion and 2021 title winner van Gisbergen was seventh fastest and his Triple Eight teammate Jamie Whincup was 11th as he started his campaign for his final race as a full-time driver in Supercars.

Brad Jones Racing’s Macauley Jones was an early casualty early in the opening practice session with engine dramas after suffering a loss of oil pressure.

The session was red flagged after his car came to an abrupt halt at the side of the track with smoke streaming from the engine.

There was more drama for Jones’ BJR car when his co-driver Chris Pither found the wall after a steering issue in the co-driver session.

Early casualties in dramatic start to Bathurst

Ford star Cameron Waters has fired the first shot in opening practice for the Bathurst 1000, kickstarting his quest to climb one step higher on the podium at Mount Panorama.

Runner-up in last year’s race behind Triple Eight’s Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander, Waters claimed first blood over his rivals with the fastest practice time for Tickford Racing as the Supercars hit the track for the first time this week.

Waters, who won the top-10 shootout to claim pole position for last year’s Bathurst 1000, set the pace with a 2min05.023sec lap to top the first session for all drivers ahead of Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert and Dick Johnson Racing’s Will Davison.

Waters’ Tickford teammate James Courtney and Team 18’s Mark Winterbottom rounded out the top five in the hour-long practice.

Defending Bathurst champion and 2021 title winner van Gisbergen was seventh fastest and his teammate Jamie Whincup was 11th as the seven-time series champion started his campaign for his final race as a full-time driver in Supercars.

Brad Jones Racing’s Macauley Jones was an early casualty in the opening practice session with engine dramas after suffering a loss of oil pressure.

The session was red flagged early after his car came to an abrupt halt at the side of the track with smoke streaming from the engine.

The Supercars will hit the track again later this afternoon for a dedicated practice session for the co-drivers.

HOW TO WATCH THE BATHURST 1000

Fox Sports channel 503 and Kayo has every angle covered with a dedicated one-stop shop for all things Bathurst 1000, including documentaries and specials every night this week, as well as comprehensive coverage of the qualifying and the race itself.

To get you in the mood for the race, Fox Sports have released a special preview video featuring some of the highlights of the race from decades gone by, with the AC/DC classic hit Highway to Hell providing an apt soundtrack to the clip.

FULL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2

10:00am: Practice 1 (60 minutes)

4:15pm: Practice 2 (60 minutes)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3

10:45am: Practice 3 (60 minutes)

1:35pm: Practice 4 (60 minutes)

4:35pm: Qualifying (40 minutes)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4

10:15am: Practice 5 (60 minutes)

12:15pm: Practice 6 (60 minutes)

5:05pm: Top Ten Shootout

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5

9:15am: Warm Up (20 minutes)

12:15pm: Race 31 (161 laps)

LIST OF DRIVER PAIRINGS

Will Davison/Alex Davison — Shell V-Power Racing Team

Anton De Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto — Shell V-Power Racing Team

Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander — Red Bull Ampol Racing

Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes — Red Bull Ampol Racing

Broc Feeney/Russell Ingall — Triple Eight (wildcard)

Cameron Waters/James Moffat — Tickford Racing

Jack Le Brocq/Zak Best — Tickford Racing

James Courtney/Thomas Randle — Tickford Racing

Bryce Fullwood/Warren Luff Walkinshaw — Andretti United

Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth Walkinshaw — Andretti United

Will Brown/Jack Perkins — Erebus Motorsport

Brodie Kostecki/David Russell — Erebus Motorsport

Richie Stanaway/Greg Murphy — Erebus Motorsport (wildcard)

Scott Pye/James Golding — Team 18

Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso — Team 18

Tim Slade/Tim Blanchard — Blanchard Racing Team

David Reynolds/Luke Youlden — Kelly Grove Racing

Andre Heimgartner/Matt Campbell — Kelly Grove Racing

Nick Percat/Dale Wood — Brad Jones Racing

Todd Hazelwood/Dean Fiore — Brad Jones Racing

Jack Smith/Ash Walsh — Brad Jones Racing

Macauley Jones/Chris Pither — Brad Jones Racing

Fabian Coulthard/Jonathon Webb — Team Sydney

Garry Jacobson/Dylan O’Keeffe — Team Sydney

Jake Kostecki/Kurt Kostecki — Matt Stone Racing

Zane Goddard/Jayden Ojeda — Matt Stone Racing

Originally published as Bathurst 1000 2021 live results, practice, schedule

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