Brock fires first shot as Supercars weekend underway

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Brock Gilchrist signalled his intent for the Supercars weekend ahead with fastest time in the opening practice session of the non-championship Toyota 86 round at Pukekohe Park this morning.

Gilchrist, who lowered the lap record at Hampton Downs in testing recently, was quickly on the pace and left the first Pukekohe practice mark at 1 minute 16.7 seconds, just shy of two tenths ahead of Zac Stichbury.

Former champion Callum Hedge was quickly into the groove on his return to the category and clocked the third fastest time just a fraction ahead of Toyota 86 Championship regular Justin Allen. Allen dominated at the previous visit to the circuit by the category, and is one of the hot favourites this weekend.

Another former champion, Peter Vodanovich, completed the top five in an impressive return to the track. It’s his first race weekend of 2022 and the others will be watching him very closely as he continues to blow the cobwebs out.

Clay Osborne, a rookie in last season's Toyota 86 Championship, was an impressive sixth fastest ahead of series regulars and Pukekohe experts John Penny and Christina Orr-West. An impressive Tayler Bryant - making his return to the category after a one year break - and Dion Pitt completed the top ten runners.

There is one more practice session today before qualifying later in the afternoon. The weather has been kind to the drivers so far and there is little or no rain likely during the Toyota 86 drivers remaining sessions today.


Toyota 86 - Supercars event - Practice 1

  1. Brock Gilchrist
  2. Zac Stichbury
  3. Callum Hedge
  4. Justin Allen
  5. Peter Vodanovich
  6. Clay Osborne
  7. John Penny
  8. Christina Orr-West
  9. Tayler Bryant
  10. Dion Pitt
  11. Connor Adam
  12. Fynn Osborne
  13. Tom Bewley
  14. Will Morton
  15. Noel Simpson
  16. Sam Cotterill
  17. Rylan Gray
  18. Tim Leach
  19. Harry Townsend
  20. Mark Mallard