The Team 18 Camaros of Scott Pye/Warren Luff and Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso have concluded final practice for the 2023 Repco Bathurst 1000, after Practice 5 and 6 on Saturday at Mount Panorama.

The first session of the day was kept solely for the co-drivers, as Luff and Caruso took the reigns of the Toyota Forklifts and DEWALT Camaros respectively.

Luff put in a solid performance to finish 10th fastest, while Pye was ninth fastest in the final session, as cars focused on long-range runs to prepare for the 161 laps tomorrow.

Winterbottom and Caruso continued to work away at the balance of the DEWALT Camaro, working through several changes to improve the handling of the car over a race stint ahead of The Great Race.

Sunday’s action commences with the traditional early morning warm-up at 8:00am, before the 2023 Repco Bathurst 1000 kicks off at 11:15am. All the action can be viewed line on Fox Sports and Kayo.


Scott Pye/Warren Luff, #20 Toyota Forklifts Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Practice 5: 10th (2:07.2092)

Practice 6: 9th (2:06.6356)

Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso, #18 DEWALT Racing Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Practice 5: 25th (2:08.1537)

Practice 6: 15th (2:07.2074)

Scott Pye, driver #20 Toyota Forklifts Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

“Really happy with the last session. I think we ticked a lot of boxes. We ran heavy tanks and we were really competitive on that at the end, so overall I’m pretty happy. I’m kicking myself a bit still from yesterday that I damaged the car and didn’t make the shootout, but I think the car’s quicker than I showed and that’s a good thing for a thousand kilometres. There’s plenty of opportunity and tyre degradation is going to be a huge issue for everyone. Now we just focus on 161 laps tomorrow.”

Warren Luff, driver #20 Toyota Forklifts Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

“It was good to get some more miles in the car. Obviously now eyes are all about looking forward to tomorrow and getting ready for the big one. So, we know being just outside the 10 that we’re there within a chance. Tomorrow’s going to be a long day.”

Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 DEWALT Racing Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

“We’re struggling. The guys did a good job, they changed quite a few bits in between sessions, but we’ll have to have a good look at it tonight, because two cars aren’t correlating, which is abnormal when our team builds the same cars, and they should set up the same, so we’re just, going to have a good look tonight, see what it is. Michael and I both feel the same thing with the car. We need to get to the bottom of it and keep working, the crew’s working really hard, so we’ll turn it around tonight and get ready for tomorrow.”

Michael Caruso, co-driver #18 DEWALT Racing Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

“ Big day tomorrow. That’s where the focus will be. We’ll start making decisions around strategy and in terms of trying to shuffle our way back up the field. Anything can happen, it’s a long race, lots of unknowns with these new cars, so we’ll just keep preparing and make sure we’re ready for any situation.”