Sport Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin under lap record in practice
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
|1||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||2m04.6744s||-||19|
|2||Lee Holdsworth||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Ford||2m04.8648s||0.1904s||20|
|3||Anton De Pasquale||Penrite Racing||Holden||2m05.0634s||0.3890s||17|
|4||Chaz Mostert||Supercheap Auto Racing||Ford||2m05.0945s||0.4201s||19|
|5||Shane van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||2m05.1578s||0.4834s||16|
|6||David Reynolds||Penrite Racing||Holden||2m05.2012s||0.5268s||15|
|7||F.Coulthard, T.D'Alberto||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford||2m05.2210s||0.5466s||20|
|8||S.McLaughlin, A.Premat||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford||2m05.3329s||0.6585s||20|
|9||Rick Kelly||Castrol Racing||Nissan||2m05.4112s||0.7368s||16|
|10||Simona de Silvestro||Team Harvey Norman||Nissan||2m05.4728s||0.7984s||18|
|11||A.Heimgartner, B.Fullwood||Plus Fitness Racing||Nissan||2m05.7383s||1.0639s||18|
|12||W.Davison, A.Davison||Milwaukee Racing||Ford||2m05.8082s||1.1338s||17|
|13||Cameron Waters||Monster Energy Racing||Ford||2m05.8094s||1.1350s||20|
|14||T.Hazelwood, J.Smith||Matt Stone Racing||Holden||2m05.8689s||1.1945s||18|
|15||N.Percat, T.Blanchard||Brad Jones Racing||Holden||2m05.9786s||1.3042s||20|
|16||Tim Slade||Freightliner Racing||Holden||2m06.0683s||1.3939s||17|
|17||J.Golding, R.Muscat||Boost Mobile Racing||Holden||2m06.0912s||1.4168s||21|
|18||S.Pye, W.Luff||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||Holden||2m06.2302s||1.5558s||19|
|19||M.Winterbottom, S.Richards||IRWIN Racing||Holden||2m06.2446s||1.5702s||19|
|20||G.Jacobson, D.Fiore||Kelly Racing||Nissan||2m06.3389s||1.6645s||20|
|21||J.Courtney, J.Perkins||Mobil 1 Racing||Holden||2m06.7077s||2.0333s||19|
|22||R.Stanaway, C.Pither||Boost Mobile Racing||Holden||2m06.9316s||2.2572s||23|
|23||B.Kostecki, J.Kostecki||Kostecki Brothers Racing||Holden||2m07.5973s||2.9229s||16|
|24||Macauley Jones||Team Cooldrive||Holden||2m07.6944s||3.0200s||7|
|25||J.Le Brocq, J.Webb||Truck Assist Tekno Racing||Holden||2m08.0006s||3.3262s||20|
|26||A.Rossi, J.Hinchcliffe||Walkinshaw Andretti United||Holden||2m09.2497s||4.5753s||23|
Practice two times (co-drivers' session)
|2||Alexandre Premat||DJR Penske||Ford||2m05.6885s||0.0266s||23|
|3||Tony D'Alberto||DJR Penske||Ford||2m05.7148s||0.0529s||18|
|4||Garth Tander||Triple Eight||Holden||2m05.7200s||0.0581s||18|
|8||Craig Lowndes||Triple Eight||Holden||2m06.1757s||0.5138s||19|
|10||Alex Davison||23Red Racing||Ford||2m06.2674s||0.6055s||20|
|18||Ashley Walsh||Brad Jones||Holden||2m07.1386s||1.4767s||16|
|21||Tim Blanchard||Brad Jones||Holden||2m07.3173s||1.6554s||18|
|25||Jack Smith||Matt Stone||Holden||2m08.3380s||2.6761s||18|
Practice three times
|1||Scott McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford||2m03.7728s||-||20|
|2||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||2m03.9327s||0.1599s||17|
|3||Cameron Waters||Monster Energy Racing||Ford||2m03.9490s||0.1762s||17|
|4||Will Davison||Milwaukee Racing||Ford||2m03.9918s||0.2190s||16|
|5||C.Mostert, J.Moffat||Supercheap Auto Racing||Ford||2m04.0622s||0.2894s||19|
|6||Lee Holdsworth||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Ford||2m04.0673s||0.2945s||19|
|7||Fabian Coulthard||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford||2m04.1348s||0.3620s||18|
|8||Shane van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||2m04.1501s||0.3773s||18|
|9||Anton De Pasquale||Penrite Racing||Holden||2m04.3315s||0.5587s||16|
|10||Rick Kelly||Castrol Racing||Nissan||2m04.4975s||0.7247s||16|
|11||Tim Slade||Freightliner Racing||Holden||2m04.5245s||0.7517s||19|
|12||James Courtney||Mobil 1 Racing||Holden||2m04.5398s||0.7670s||15|
|13||Andre Heimgartner||Plus Fitness Racing||Nissan||2m04.6028s||0.8300s||17|
|14||Mark Winterbottom||IRWIN Racing||Holden||2m04.7099s||0.9371s||15|
|15||James Golding||Boost Mobile Racing||Holden||2m04.7188s||0.9460s||16|
|16||Garry Jacobson||Kelly Racing||Nissan||2m04.7546s||0.9818s||18|
|17||Nick Percat||Brad Jones Racing||Holden||2m04.8205s||1.0477s||18|
|18||Todd Hazelwood||Matt Stone Racing||Holden||2m05.1352s||1.3624s||15|
|19||Richie Stanaway||Boost Mobile Racing||Holden||2m05.2452s||1.4724s||21|
|20||S.Pye, W.Luff||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||Holden||2m05.2683s||1.4955s||18|
|21||S.de Silvestro, A.Rullo||Team Harvey Norman||Nissan||2m05.7410s||1.9682s||17|
|22||M.Jones, D.Canto||Team Cooldrive||Holden||2m05.8574s||2.0846s||20|
|23||Jack Le Brocq||Truck Assist Tekno Racing||Holden||2m07.1522s||3.3794s||19|
|24||Alexander Rossi||Walkinshaw Andretti United||Holden||2m07.2281s||3.4553s||16|
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.
Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin grabs provisional pole position after record-breaking practice lap
Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin grabs provisional pole position after record-breaking practice lap ...
2017 Bathurst 1000 V8supercars practice last laps
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