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Ford’s Waters sets sizzling Bathurst pace

Last year’s Bathurst 1000 runner-up Cameron Waters has cleaned up his second practice session of the weekend to be firmly in contention for his maiden title at Mount Panorama.

The Ford ace backed up his Thursday performance with another sizzling drive to pip reigning champion Shane van Gisbergen.

Waters, who is matched up with James Moffat, will be hoping to replicate his practice and qualifying drives in Sunday’s Great Race.

The Tickford driver claimed pole last year, but the duo of van Gisbergen and Garth Tander trumped him for the crown.

Van Gisbergen will again be hard to beat and is building his pace nicely.

The Supercars champion-elect led much of Friday morning’s session as he aims to finish off an outstanding season on a high.

In an all-driver practice session, van Gisbergen looked at ease on track with Chaz Mostert ending up with the third-fastest time.

Mostert’s co-driver is popular veteran Lee Holdsworth, who has described this partnership as his best chance to win the Bathurst 1000.

Holdsworth was quickest in Thursday’s co-driver session and is appearing at Mount Panorama for the 18th-straight year.

The 38-year-old’s best finish in the Bathurst 1000 was third back in 2009 with Michael Caruso.

There will be a second practice session for all drivers on Friday before qualifying begins in earnest later in the day.

The first qualifying session will be crucial in deciding the grid for the 161-lap race.

The slowest 15 drivers on Friday will be knocked out of qualifying, with the rest set-up for the top-10 shootout on Saturday.

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