Nathan Herne and Ben Grice split the honours after Turtle Wax Trans Am practice
Turtle Wax Trans Am Series honours were split during today’s two practice sessions ahead of Round 2 at Phillip Island this weekend as Team Valvoline GRM’s Nathan Herne and Ben Grice in the All American Driveline and Auto Parts Ford Mustang topped the timesheets in each.
Grice led this morning’s opening session after setting a time of 1m 34.3642s to lead Herne by 0.5458s, while after a difficult home round at Symmons Plains, Owen Kelly was third in his GRM-supported Mustang.
Following a podium round result at Phillip Island last year, Kyle Gurton in the Dream Racing Australia Mustang was fourth from GRM’s Lochie Dalton and Turtle Wax Trans Am Series leader Tim Brook.
The first Chevrolet Camaro was Ashley Seward Motorsport’s Brett Holdsworth in seventh ahead of Nash Morris, Dalton Ellery and Edan Thornburrow.
In Practice 2, Herne turned the tables to set a 1m 35.2369s finishing the session 0.0349s ahead of Grice as the Dodge Challenger he formerly drove finished third with Nic Carroll at the wheel.
Kelly, Dalton, Brook, rookie Jett Johnson, Morris, Gurton and Holdsworth completed the top 10.
Tomorrow’s Turtle Wax Trans Am Series action begins with qualifying at 10:10am before Race 1 at 2:55pm live and uninterrupted on Stan Sport.
The second round of Turtle Wax Trans Am will be part of the opening Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event of the season at Phillip Island on March 18-20.
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