McLaughlin impresses in Fujitsu V8 practice

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Stone Brothers Racing young-gun Scott McLaughlin will head into qualifying for the final Fujitsu V8 Supercars round of 2011 full of confidence after topping Friday practice.

The 18-year-old emerged fastest from both 40 minute sessions, improving his 1:29.89s morning best to a 1:29.11s in the afternoon.

Chaz Mostert gained almost a second on his Practice 1 time to be just 0.14s slower than McLaughlin by the end of the day.

David Russell and Jack Perkins ensured a Ford sweep of the top positions, while Andrew Thompson – who is poised to wrap up the title tomorrow – was 0.69s off the pace in fifth.

Andrew Jones, Nick Percat, Paul Morris, David Wall and Taz Douglas rounded out the top 10.

Of those to strike trouble, David Wall did minor damage to his Wilson Security Racing Commodore by tagging the wall at Turn 11, while Nick Cassidy lost crucial track-time with a front-suspension failure.

Tim Blanchard and Rodney Jane also had their days end earlier, with mechanical issues seeing both cars stranded on-track in Practice 2.

See below for the combined result from Practice 1 and 2

1 Fujitsu Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG 1:29.1142
2 TEAM NAVY Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:29.2529 0:00.1387
3 Team Jayco David Russell Ford Falcon BF 1:29.2897 0:00.1755
4 Bob Jane T Marts Jack Perkins Ford Falcon BF 1:29.6105 0:00.4963
5 Triple Eight Race Engineering Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 1:29.8060 0:00.6918
6 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE 1:29.9907 0:00.8765
7 Coates Hire Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE 1:30.0037 0:00.8895
8 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE 1:30.3202 0:01.2060
9 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE 1:30.6058 0:01.4916
10 Fastaz Motorsport Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VZ 1:30.6169 0:01.5027
11 R&J Batteries/EarthEx/KingGee Daniel Jilesen Holden Commodore VE 1:30.6357 0:01.5215
12 AC Delco/Simworx/NDD Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE 1:30.6822 0:01.5680
13 Team Tom Supporters Club Tom Tweedie Ford Falcon BF 1:31.1421 0:02.0279
14 Carrington Equip/Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon BF 1:31.1548 0:02.0406
15 Bob Jane T-Marts Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG 1:31.2422 0:02.1280
16 STR Truck Bodies Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE 1:31.2918 0:02.1776
17 Team Jayco Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon BF 1:31.5013 0:02.3871
18 / AFS Tony Bates Holden Commodore VE 1:31.6314 0:02.5172
19 Drill Pro Services/Fuchs/ACS Nick Cassidy Holden Commodore VE 1:31.8095 0:02.6953
20 CEG Rentals/Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon BF 1:32.2826 0:03.1684
21 Mad Croc Energy Robert Cregan Ford Falcon BF 1:32.3302 0:03.2160
22 Bisley Work Wear Colin Sieders Ford Falcon BF 1:32.6885 0:03.5743
23 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 1:34.3985 0:05.2843
24 Solo/NCSS Aaron McGill Ford Falcon BF 1:36.0964 0:06.9822

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