Coulthard's co-driver crashes in V8s practice

Last updated 17:14 14/09/2012

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A big crash stopped New Zealand V8 Supercar driver Fabian Coulthard from taking part in today's final practice session of the Sandown 500.

Coulthard's co-driver for the 500km endurance event, David Besnard, hit a tyre wall at turn six in the earlier co-driver only session and sustained major damage to the front end.

Team owner Brad Jones said Coulthard's crew would carry out an assessment for structural damage before going ahead with repairs.

David Reynolds was quickest in the day's last practice, followed by Jamie Whincup and Will Davison.

Greg Murphy and co-driver Owen Kelly were ninth fastest with Shane van Gisbergen and Luke Youlden further off the pace in 12.

As light showers fell, the new kerb speed humps at turn 12 brought out the session's only red flag midway through the 40-minute session, and were later removed.

Co-drivers only competed in the second session while the third and final practice session is open for all drivers.

Tomorrow morning offers a last chance to experiment with set up before qualifying gets underway at 1.40pm (NZT).

The race begins on Sunday at 2.35pm (NZT).

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- Fairfax Media

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