McLaughlin fastest as Ford dominates Practice 2

Tom Howard

Friday 18th August, 2017 - 4:27pm

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Scott McLaughlin

A last gasp flying lap from Scott McLaughlin saw the Supercars Championship leader claim top spot in second practice at the Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint.

The DJR Team Penske driver spent the first half of the session focusing on race preparation before moving to qualifying set up for the final moments of the 45 minute session, which was once again affected by high winds.

McLaughlin quickly climbed to fourth as practice reached the final 10 minutes before going on to post an impressive 1:28.85s effort to top the times.

The effort proved 0.15s faster than Mark Winterbottom who was among a group of drivers to improve late in the running.

The 2015 Supercars champion edged Prodrive team-mates Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters as Ford filled the top four positions.

Practice 1 pacesetter Michael Caruso finished fifth in the #23 Nissan Motorsport Altima ahead of the top Holden in Craig Lowndes.

Brad Jones Racing’s Tim Slade slid down to seventh after moving to the top of the times just prior to a flurry of fast times.

Fabian Coulthard also briefly enjoyed top spot in the #12 DJR Team Penske Falcon but ultimately ended up eighth.

The top 10 was rounded out by Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Holden) and Rick Kelly (Nissan Motorsport).

After suffering a driveline issue in opening practice, Todd Kelly (Nissan Motorsport) ended up 11th ahead of Will Davison (Tekno Autosports), who fitted a new steering rack for the session.

Shane van Gisbergen was 13th ahead of David Reynolds (Erebus Motorsport) and Nick Percat, who was fastest up until the final 10 minutes of the session.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint Practice 2

1 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.8500
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.0065 00.1565
3 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.0393 00.1893
4 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.2395 00.3895
5 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:29.3544 00.5044
6 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:29.4231 00.5731
7 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:29.5022 00.6522
8 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.5478 00.6978
9 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:29.5878 00.7378
10 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:29.6114 00.7614
11 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:29.6160 00.7660
12 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:29.6406 00.7906
13 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:29.7442 00.8942
14 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:29.7966 00.9466
15 ACDelco Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:29.8573 01.0073
16 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:29.8800 01.0300
17 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:29.8817 01.0317
18 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:29.8950 01.0450
19 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:29.9398 01.0898
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 1:30.0901 01.2401
21 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:30.3785 01.5285
22 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:30.3805 01.5305
23 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.5817 01.7317
24 Repair Management Aust Racing Alex Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:30.6786 01.8286
25 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:30.8807 02.0307
26 Repair Management Aust Racing Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 1:30.9427 02.0927