Dunlop Series points leader Scott McLaughlin has kicked off a busy day of double duties at Mount Panorama by topping the co-drivers only Practice 4 ahead of Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
McLaughlin, who stepped into Jonathon Webb’s Tekno Autosports Holden after completing the preceding Dunlop Series qualifying session in his Matt Stone Ford, put in a series of fast laps in the final minutes, stopping the clocks at 2:08.97s after the chequered flag fell.
The lap edged Paul Dumbrell’s best effort by 0.15s. The TeamVodafone driver set his time on just the second of his 14 laps, ensuring he would hold the top spot for almost 40 of the 45 minutes.
John McIntyre and Steven Richards were third and fourth fastest respectively at the end of the running, while Greg Ritter, Cameron McConville, David Besnard, Dean Canto, Nick Percat and Andrew Jones completed the top 10.
Warren Luff and Jack Perkins spent much of the session in the 10 before slipping to 11th and 12th respectively in the closing stages.
The majority of crews spent the 45 minutes making continual adjustments to their cars as they continue to search for a fast yet comfortable handling balance for the part-time drivers.
Shannons Supercar Showdown competition winner Jesse Dixon was the biggest improver of all, lapping more than two seconds faster than his Thursday best to move himself off of the bottom of the time sheets.
Dixon pushed the limits of the circuit during his 18 laps – receiving a bad sportsmanship flag for overuse of the kerbs through The Esses.
Held in warm and sunny conditions, the session was completed without incident.
Practice 5 is scheduled for 1100 local time.
See below for the full Practice 4 result
|1||Tekno Autosports||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VE2||2:08.9697|
|2||TeamVodafone||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VE2||2:09.1167||0:00.1470|
|3||Trading Post FPR Ford||John McIntyre||Ford Falcon FG||2:09.1957||0:00.2260|
|4||Orrcon Steel FPR Ford||Steven Richards||Ford Falcon FG||2:09.2211||0:00.2514|
|5||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Greg Ritter||Holden Commodore VE2||2:09.2786||0:00.3089|
|6||Holden Racing Team||Cameron McConville||Holden Commodore VE2||2:09.3952||0:00.4255|
|7||Lockwood Racing||David Besnard||Holden Commodore VE2||2:09.5181||0:00.5484|
|8||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Dean Canto||Ford Falcon FG||2:09.5826||0:00.6129|
|9||Holden Racing Team||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VE2||2:09.5888||0:00.6191|
|10||Team BOC||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE2||2:09.6111||0:00.6414|
|11||TeamVodafone||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore VE2||2:09.6316||0:00.6619|
|12||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VE2||2:09.6383||0:00.6686|
|13||Jim Beam Racing||Matthew Halliday||Ford Falcon FG||2:09.8244||0:00.8547|
|14||Irwin Racing||Craig Baird||Ford Falcon FG||2:09.8677||0:00.8980|
|15||Team Norton DJR||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||2:09.9233||0:00.9536|
|16||SP Tools Racing||Luke Youlden||Ford Falcon FG||2:09.9824||0:01.0127|
|17||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Daniel Gaunt||Holden Commodore VE2||2:10.0793||0:01.1096|
|18||Lucky 7 Racing||Andrew Thompson||Ford Falcon FG||2:10.1060||0:01.1363|
|19||Team Hiflex||Dale Wood||Ford Falcon FG||2:10.1898||0:01.2201|
|20||Team iSelect||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VE2||2:10.3178||0:01.3481|
|21||Supercheap Auto Racing||Christian Klien||Holden Commodore VE2||2:10.3527||0:01.3830|
|22||Jim Beam Racing||Allan Simonsen||Ford Falcon FG||2:10.5202||0:01.5505|
|23||Jack Daniel’s Racing||David Russell||Holden Commodore VE2||2:10.5213||0:01.5516|
|24||Tekno Autosports||Jonny Reid||Holden Commodore VE2||2:11.1999||0:02.2302|
|25||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VE2||2:11.4821||0:02.5124|
|26||Pepsi Max Crew||Owen Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||2:11.6194||0:02.6497|
|27||VIP Petfoods||Paul Morris||Ford Falcon FG||2:12.1575||0:03.1878|
|28||Shannons carsales.com.au||Jesse Dixon||Holden Commodore VE2||2:12.1954||0:03.2257|
|29||Wilson Security Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VE2||2:12.4232||0:03.4535|
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