The opening session for the Sandown 500 was for co-drivers only, which saw Tony D’Alberto in Car No.12 and Alex Premat in Car No.17 for Shell V-Power Racing. They both worked on race pace, running the longest stints of any cars out on track in the session with Premat driving 21 laps and D’Alberto 22 laps.
Practice 2 saw Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin have their first runs of the weekend. Held in windy conditions, the circuit also provided some unusual grip characteristics thanks to an epoxy sealant that had been applied to the surface prior to the beginning of the event.
“Not too bad a day here,” commented McLaughlin. “We ran through our program, but I don’t think we’re where we need to be. We’ve got some improvements to make for tomorrow, but there is going to be a mixed bag of weather, so we worked on a lot of race runs there at the end with Alex and hopefully we’ll be good in the dry weather.”
Chassis set-up continued in the challenging conditions, ahead of Practice 3. The final session was another Co-Driver only session. Work continued on the car set-up with Car No. 12 doing single-lap runs, and Car No. 17 focusing on race runs. The next on-track session is Practice 4 tomorrow morning at 10:10am local time.