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Sport Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin under lap record in practice

12:00  10 october  2019
12:00  10 october  2019 Source:   autosport.com

McLaughlin out to break Bathurst duck

  McLaughlin out to break Bathurst duck Supercars great Mark Skaife is not so sure dominant series leader Scott McLaughlin will extend his winning run and claim a maiden Bathurst 1000. But motorsport great Mark Skaife says the jury is still out on whether the all-conquering Ford driver can extend his record-breaking winning run by claiming a maiden Bathurst 1000 title at Mount Panorama on Sunday.

a car driving down a road: McLaughlin breaks Bathurst record in practice© LAT Images McLaughlin breaks Bathurst record in practice

Scott McLaughlin beat his own Mount Panorama Supercars lap record with a rapid 2m03.772s on practice day for the Bathurst 1000.

The runaway series leader came into the day as the only driver to have lapped the famous circuit under the 2m04s barrier, thanks to his famous qualifying shootout lap, a 2m03.831s, from 2017.

With the frontrunning primary drivers well into the mid-2m04s in Thursday morning's opening practice, qualifying simulations were expected to yield something special in the evening session.

And that's exactly what happened, McLaughlin doing the fastest ever Supercars lap around Mount Panorama with a 2m03.772s - despite only running two green tyres on the right side of his DJR Team Penske Ford.

Lowndes happy to support Whincup

  Lowndes happy to support Whincup Supercars great Craig Lowndes says he is comfortable playing second fiddle to Holden co-driver Jamie Whincup at this weekend's Bathurst 1000.The band may be back together but Craig Lowndes has confirmed he will be playing second fiddle to Holden co-driver Jamie Whincup at this weekend's Bathurst 1000.

"You're hanging on over the top now, it's unbelievable the grip of the cars and I think everyone is having a full dip," said McLaughlin.

"The second last corner, I dropped a wheel there. That was a moment and a half because I kept my foot into it. I'm an idiot, I've got to remember it's Thursday!

"There's a little bit here and there, the green side of the car felt alright, so the left-handers were pretty good, but the right-handers it's still a little bit loose.

"We'll tune it up overnight and throw a set of greens on it tomorrow and see, if it doesn't rain."

A total of four drivers have now broken the 2m04s mark thanks to that session, practice one pacesetter Jamie Whincup ending up 0.15s shy of McLaughlin with a 2m03.932s in his Triple Eight Holden.

Davison fastest at Bathurst practice

  Davison fastest at Bathurst practice Holden's Will Davison has emerged fastest in Saturday's opening practice session at the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. Holden star Davison clocked two minutes, 4.75 seconds in the 30-minute session as the 26-strong field got in precious track time before Sunday's Great Race.Provisional pole sitter Scott McLaughlin did not feature in practice but his Ford co-driver Alex Premat impressed, finishing fifth fastest. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Tickford Racing pair Cam Waters and Will Davison made it into the 2m03s as well, the former with a 2m03.949s and the latter a 2m03.991s.

The day's biggest incident was a heavy crash for Erebus Motorsport's David Reynolds/Luke Youlden Holden during the dedicated co-drivers' session.

Youlden ran wide at Sulman Park and fired into the wall.

a group of people standing in a parking lot: McLaughlin breaks Bathurst record in practice© LAT Images McLaughlin breaks Bathurst record in practice

The impact recorded more than 20G, with Youlden requiring a trip to the medical centre for tests but escaping serious injury.

The team is now set for a long night working on the wrecked Commodore, with Friday's qualifying session, scheduled for 4pm, considered a realistic target for getting back on track.

"It's extensive damage but it's nothing we can't fix," said team boss Barry Ryan. "The target now is just to get out for qualifying."

Ryan added that no off-site assistance, such as a chassis rig, will be required during the repair.

Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin seals pole with record lap

  Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin seals pole with record lap Scott McLaughlin took pole for the 2019 Bathurst 1000 with the fastest ever Supercars lap around Mount Panorama . Running last in the single-lap dash, the Penske Ford driver showed his hand by going three tenths of a second clear of next-best Chaz Mostert in the opening sector.But the end of the lap the margin was 0.4s, and McLaughlin's 2m03.378s is now the best ever in a Supercar around Mount Panorama.It's the third time McLaughlin has reset the lap record this weekend, and the pole was his 15th for the 2019 season."Oh my god, bloody hell," he said after completing the history-making lap.

"An oxy torch and a hammer and we'll be pretty good," he said. "Cutting tubes, replacing tubes, straightening rails, replacing lots of parts...

"The rear is the same. Roll bars, roll tubes at the rear as well, but it'll be alright.

"I think the worst parts are actually OK, the things that can put you out for the weekend are OK.

"But we're still assessing it. At the moment it looks like it'll be right. Twenty four hours, I reckon."

Ryan was not worried about the lost practice running, predicting the car will still be fast enough to be a frontrunner come qualifying.

"We know the car is fast, it doesn't matter who's driving it," he said.

"As long as Dave gets out and qualifies it on the front row and Luke has two half-hour sessions Saturday, we'll go racing, it's as simple as that."

Practice one times

PosDriverTeamCarTimeGapLaps
1Jamie WhincupRed Bull Holden Racing TeamHolden2m04.6744s-19
2Lee HoldsworthThe Bottle-O Racing TeamFord2m04.8648s0.1904s20
3Anton De PasqualePenrite RacingHolden2m05.0634s0.3890s17
4Chaz MostertSupercheap Auto RacingFord2m05.0945s0.4201s19
5Shane van GisbergenRed Bull Holden Racing TeamHolden2m05.1578s0.4834s16
6David ReynoldsPenrite RacingHolden2m05.2012s0.5268s15
7F.Coulthard, T.D'AlbertoShell V-Power Racing TeamFord2m05.2210s0.5466s20
8S.McLaughlin, A.PrematShell V-Power Racing TeamFord2m05.3329s0.6585s20
9Rick KellyCastrol RacingNissan2m05.4112s0.7368s16
10Simona de SilvestroTeam Harvey NormanNissan2m05.4728s0.7984s18
11A.Heimgartner, B.FullwoodPlus Fitness RacingNissan2m05.7383s1.0639s18
12W.Davison, A.DavisonMilwaukee RacingFord2m05.8082s1.1338s17
13Cameron WatersMonster Energy RacingFord2m05.8094s1.1350s20
14T.Hazelwood, J.SmithMatt Stone RacingHolden2m05.8689s1.1945s18
15N.Percat, T.BlanchardBrad Jones RacingHolden2m05.9786s1.3042s20
16Tim SladeFreightliner RacingHolden2m06.0683s1.3939s17
17J.Golding, R.MuscatBoost Mobile RacingHolden2m06.0912s1.4168s21
18S.Pye, W.LuffMobil 1 MEGA RacingHolden2m06.2302s1.5558s19
19M.Winterbottom, S.RichardsIRWIN RacingHolden2m06.2446s1.5702s19
20G.Jacobson, D.FioreKelly RacingNissan2m06.3389s1.6645s20
21J.Courtney, J.PerkinsMobil 1 RacingHolden2m06.7077s2.0333s19
22R.Stanaway, C.PitherBoost Mobile RacingHolden2m06.9316s2.2572s23
23B.Kostecki, J.KosteckiKostecki Brothers RacingHolden2m07.5973s2.9229s16
24Macauley JonesTeam CooldriveHolden2m07.6944s3.0200s7
25J.Le Brocq, J.WebbTruck Assist Tekno RacingHolden2m08.0006s3.3262s20
26A.Rossi, J.HinchcliffeWalkinshaw Andretti UnitedHolden2m09.2497s4.5753s23

Practice two times (co-drivers' session)

PosDriverTeamCarTimeGapLaps
1James MoffatTickfordFord2m05.6619s-21
2Alexandre PrematDJR PenskeFord2m05.6885s0.0266s23
3Tony D'AlbertoDJR PenskeFord2m05.7148s0.0529s18
4Garth TanderTriple EightHolden2m05.7200s0.0581s18
5William BrownErebusHolden2m06.1006s0.4387s21
6Bryce FullwoodKellyNissan2m06.1449s0.4830s19
7Michael CarusoTickfordFord2m06.1598s0.4979s19
8Craig LowndesTriple EightHolden2m06.1757s0.5138s19
9Dale WoodKellyNissan2m06.1856s0.5237s18
10Alex Davison23Red RacingFord2m06.2674s0.6055s20
11Tom RandleTickfordFord2m06.3946s0.7327s21
12Warren LuffWalkinshawHolden2m06.4096s0.7477s16
13Jack PerkinsWalkinshawHolden2m06.4200s0.7581s18
14Steven RichardsSchwerkoltHolden2m06.5185s0.8566s18
15Chris PitherGRMHolden2m06.7679s1.1060s20
16Dean FioreKellyNissan2m06.9285s1.2666s21
17Jonathon WebbTeknoHolden2m07.1383s1.4764s20
18Ashley WalshBrad JonesHolden2m07.1386s1.4767s16
19Richard MuscatGRMHolden2m07.1897s1.5278s21
20Alex RulloKellyNissan2m07.2008s1.5389s19
21Tim BlanchardBrad JonesHolden2m07.3173s1.6554s18
22Jake KosteckiKosteckiHolden2m07.3836s1.7217s19
23Luke YouldenErebusHolden2m07.6303s1.9684s5
24James HinchcliffeWalkinshawHolden2m07.7217s2.0598s20
25Jack SmithMatt StoneHolden2m08.3380s2.6761s18

Practice three times

PosDriverTeamCarTimeGapLaps
1Scott McLaughlinShell V-Power Racing TeamFord2m03.7728s-20
2Jamie WhincupRed Bull Holden Racing TeamHolden2m03.9327s0.1599s17
3Cameron WatersMonster Energy RacingFord2m03.9490s0.1762s17
4Will DavisonMilwaukee RacingFord2m03.9918s0.2190s16
5C.Mostert, J.MoffatSupercheap Auto RacingFord2m04.0622s0.2894s19
6Lee HoldsworthThe Bottle-O Racing TeamFord2m04.0673s0.2945s19
7Fabian CoulthardShell V-Power Racing TeamFord2m04.1348s0.3620s18
8Shane van GisbergenRed Bull Holden Racing TeamHolden2m04.1501s0.3773s18
9Anton De PasqualePenrite RacingHolden2m04.3315s0.5587s16
10Rick KellyCastrol RacingNissan2m04.4975s0.7247s16
11Tim SladeFreightliner RacingHolden2m04.5245s0.7517s19
12James CourtneyMobil 1 RacingHolden2m04.5398s0.7670s15
13Andre HeimgartnerPlus Fitness RacingNissan2m04.6028s0.8300s17
14Mark WinterbottomIRWIN RacingHolden2m04.7099s0.9371s15
15James GoldingBoost Mobile RacingHolden2m04.7188s0.9460s16
16Garry JacobsonKelly RacingNissan2m04.7546s0.9818s18
17Nick PercatBrad Jones RacingHolden2m04.8205s1.0477s18
18Todd HazelwoodMatt Stone RacingHolden2m05.1352s1.3624s15
19Richie StanawayBoost Mobile RacingHolden2m05.2452s1.4724s21
20S.Pye, W.LuffMobil 1 MEGA RacingHolden2m05.2683s1.4955s18
21S.de Silvestro, A.RulloTeam Harvey NormanNissan2m05.7410s1.9682s17
22M.Jones, D.CantoTeam CooldriveHolden2m05.8574s2.0846s20
23Jack Le BrocqTruck Assist Tekno RacingHolden2m07.1522s3.3794s19
24Alexander RossiWalkinshaw Andretti UnitedHolden2m07.2281s3.4553s16

Ford driver's radical proposal to avoid Bathurst farce .
A simple rule change has been suggested to avoid a repeat of the safety car fiasco at the Bathurst 1000.The status of Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat's victory remains provisional, with the sport's governing body having already announced they will re-open an investigation into the conduct of the second DJR Team Penske car under a safety car on lap 135.

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