Bathurst: IndyCar drivers dead last (again) in Practice 6

Hinchcliffe bounces off the wall in another last place result for the IndyCar drivers
Hinchcliffe bounces off the wall in another last place result for the IndyCar drivers

Just when you didn't thinks could get worse for the IndyCar drivers at Bathurst, they just did.

Having stunk up the joint since the start of practice, Practice 6 saw Walkinshaw Andretti United wildcard entry, this time driven by James Hinchcliffe, hit the wall at The Cutting with five minutes remaining but it did not matter, they were going to finish last anyway.

The Canadian IndyCar driver lost the rear of the #27 NAPA ZB Commodore exiting the corner and dragged the right-rear corner along the concrete, damaging the rear wing.

“The fire hose got turned up this morning; that’s all part of it," quipped Hinchcliffe about the ‘drinking from a fire hose’ task for he and Alexander Rossi to learn the car and circuit.

Rossi off into the dirt yesterday. Clearly the Supercars are too much for the IndyCar drivers to handle. Their performance has been a total embarrassment to the IndyCar series
Rossi off into the dirt yesterday. Clearly the Supercars are too much for the IndyCar drivers to handle. Their performance has been a total embarrassment to the IndyCar series

“I got into the wall a little bit at The Cutting trying to find the limit.

“I’m actually getting a lot more comfortable in the car, Alex and I both. Every night you get to sleep on it, let it sit, marinate a little bit; you come back and you just feel a little more at home in the car, more comfortable.

“(I was) Just starting to push in places we didn’t really feel comfortable pushing up until this point. (It) Just got away from me and tagged the wall.

“Hate to lose the track time for me and the team, but I think it’s relatively cosmetic stuff, well get it fixed up for this afternoon."

Roger Penske is on hand to watch his Supercar drivers destroy the IndyCar regulars
Roger Penske is on hand to watch his Supercar drivers school the IndyCar regulars

There was a time when IndyCar had great drivers like Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney, who could go out of their league and win the biggest races in the world in other series. Today when an IndyCar driver tries NASCAR, Sportscars or Supercars, they usually embarrass themselves. F1 teams won't even give them a look. But heh, they're good at Twitter. The Koala Bears were so cute guys.

Will Davison was fastest in Practice 6 for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 as teams appeared to refrain from pursuing outright pace.

Davison’s 2:04.7545s in the #23 Milwaukee Mustang, set early in the half-hour session, was the best time, while Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Fabian Coulthard moved to a 2:04.7595s on his second run and remained in second position.

Can the IndyCar drivers make good in the race and surprise us all?

Results: Practice 6

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Time Behind
1 23 Milwaukee Racing W.Davison/A.Davison Ford Mustang GT 2:04.7545 0.000s
2 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Mustang GT 2:04.7595 0.0050
3 14 Freightliner Alliance Racing T.Slade/A.Walsh Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.9764 0.2219
4 8 7-Eleven Mobil Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.2599 0.5054
5 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Alexandre Premat Ford Mustang GT 2:05.2806 0.5261
6 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team S.van Gisbergen/G.Tander Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.3016 0.5471
7 55 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/J.Moffat Ford Mustang GT 2:05.3061 0.5516
8 35 Bigmate Racing T.Hazelwood/J.Smith Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.4128 0.6583
9 9 Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.5985 0.8440
10 18 Irwin Racing M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.8142 1.0597
11 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team L.Holdsworth/T.Randle Ford Mustang GT 2:05.8388 1.0843
12 99 Penrite Racing A.De Pasquale/W.Brown Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.9673 1.2128
13 3 RABBLE.club Racing G.Jacobson/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 2:06.0172 1.2627
14 22 Mobil 1 Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.0758 1.3213
15 7 Plus Fitness Racing Bryce Fullwood Nissan Altima 2:06.0817 1.3272
16 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.1618 1.4073
17 6 Monster Energy Racing Team C.Waters/M.Caruso Ford Mustang GT 2:06.1943 1.4398
18 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing J.Le Brocq/J.Webb Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.2664 1.5119
19 15 Castrol Racing R.Kelly/D.Wood Nissan Altima 2:06.3265 1.5720
20 888 Red Bull Holden Racing Team J.Whincup/C.Lowndes Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.3437 1.5892
21 56 Team Arcoweld Racing B.Kostecki/J.Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.4342 1.6797
22 2 Mobil 1 Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.4396 1.6851
23 33 Boost Mobile Racing R.Stanaway/C.Pither Holden Commodore ZB 2:07.1617 2.4072
24 78 Team Harvey Norman S.De Silvestro/A.Rullo Nissan Altima 2:07.2712 2.5167
25 34 Boost Mobile Racing J.Golding/R.Muscat Holden Commodore ZB 2:07.3152 2.5607
26 27 NAPA Auto Parts Racing A.Rossi/J.Hinchcliffe Holden Commodore ZB 2:08.0357 3.2812

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