16 September 2022 | General

Ben Grice paces the field on Friday at Sandown

The All American Driveline Ford Mustang of Ben Grice has led the field in both Turtle Wax Trans Am Series practice sessions at Sandown Raceway.

After achieving a 1m 12.6704s lap in the first session, Grice improved to a 1m 12.301s to continue to lead the field ahead of qualifying tomorrow morning.

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Second in both practices was Garry Rogers Motorsport driver and key title contender Owen Kelly in his Fujitsu-supported Ford Mustang as Nash Morris also replicated third in the pair of 20-minute sessions.

At the close of the second session, Kelly was just 0.282s behind Grice in what proved a Mustang domination at the front.

Turtle Wax Trans Am Series title leader Nathan Herne placed ninth in the opening session before improving to fourth in the second in the Team Valvoline GRM Mustang as impressive rookie Tom Hayman finished the day in fifth piloting the DiPrinzio Concreting Ford.

The PBS Specialty Coatings Mustang of Cody Burcher finished the session sixth from TPS Group Chevrolet Camaro of Brett Holdsworth, Kyle Gurton in the Micale Cabinets/Nuveau Group entry, Jon McCorkindale in the Dial Before You Dig Ford and the Dodge Challenger of Hogan Prestige Cars driver Nic Carroll.

Behind the top three in opening practice, Gurton, Burcher, Hayman, Holdsworth, Carroll, Herne and Elliot Barbour in the DJ Pioneer Chevrolet Camaro.

Turtle Wax Trans Am will return to the track at 10:15am AEST tomorrow for qualifying, before the opening race at 3:05pm AEST to kick off the live free-to-air coverage on 9Gem.

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The opening race will also be broadcast live on 9Gem/9Go! (check your local guides) as part of two hours of free-to-air coverage on Saturday at 3pm AEST.

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