12 March 2021 |

Tander tops historic opening Phillip Island practice session

Garth Tander topped a historic opening Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS practice session at Phillip Island.

Cars took to the circuit for the first time as the 20-strong field completed the first official laps of the season on a clear Friday morning for Practice 1.

The 30-minute hit-out ran incident-free as teams cycled through their individual practice programs.

Yasser Shahin took to the track initially in the #777 The Bend/Valvoline Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo before handing the car over to Tander who clocked up his 1:29.288s effort.

That was enough to give him the quickest time of the session as the chequered flag flew.

The Imak Kwikmit Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Andrew Macpherson and Ben Porter finished the session second, 0.7s off the pace.

Brad Schumacher claimed the third-best lap time on a 1:30.189s and was the best Trophy class runner in his #55 Audi R8 LMS Ultra.

Gary Higgon and Paul Stokell were fourth in KFC-backed Trophy class Audi R8 LMS, while the Grove Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R of Stephen Grove completed the top five.

Practice 2 is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm AEDT.