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McLaughlin fastest on opening morning at COTA

Saturday 18th May, 2013 - 3:15am

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Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Fujitsu Racing GRM’s Scott McLaughlin emerged as the fastest man from an unusual opening morning of running at the Circuit of the Americas.

With just seven sets of tyres allocated for the weekend and no pre-marked rubber available at international events, drivers spent much of the morning learning the dry track on wets.

A 1:34.39s slick tyre effort from Fabian Coulthard proved enough to be quickest in Practice 1 ahead of James Moffat, Shane van Gisbergen, Jason Bright and Will Davison.

McLaughlin, who was one of several not to run slicks at all in the opening session, was the only man to lap faster than Coulthard’s benchmark in Practice 2 – eclipsing the marker by 0.17s.

Jonathon Webb struck trouble in Practice 1

Jonathon Webb struck trouble in Practice 1

Van Gisbergen was second fastest in the second hit-out, a full 0.6s slower than McLaughlin. Alex Davison, Rick Kelly and Mark Winterbottom completed the top five.

In addition to the tyre situation, the competitive order was further muddled by a lack of policing of the track limits.

Practice 2 ran green for its duration and saw track temperatures climbing after early morning clouds cleared.

Practice 1 had been book-ended by red flags; the first was called after David Wall’s Holden stopped on its out-la with an oil pressure sensor issue.

The 30 minutes eventually elapsed under a second red flag, this time to retrieve Jonathon Webb’s Holden, which lost an oil line in spectacular fashion on the main straight. Both cars returned to the track for the second session.

Webb earlier had minor contact with James Moffat as the duo squabbled over track position – leaving a witness mark on the front-right corner of the Norton Nissan.

Two further practice sessions will compete the Friday action for the V8 Supercars in Austin.

See below for the full Practice 2 result

1 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 1:34.2269
2 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:34.8231 0:00.5962
3 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:34.9586 0:00.7317
4 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:34.9933 0:00.7664
5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:35.0975 0:00.8706
6 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:35.3041 0:01.0772
7 Heavy Haulage Australia Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 1:35.3736 0:01.1467
8 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:35.3760 0:01.1491
9 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:35.3853 0:01.1584
10 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:35.3997 0:01.1728
11 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:35.5626 0:01.3357
12 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:35.5815 0:01.3546
13 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:35.5864 0:01.3595
14 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:35.6680 0:01.4411
15 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:35.7459 0:01.5190
16 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:35.8984 0:01.6715
17 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 1:35.9417 0:01.7148
18 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:35.9569 0:01.7300
19 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 1:35.9605 0:01.7336
20 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:36.0215 0:01.7946
21 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:36.1353 0:01.9084
22 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:36.1394 0:01.9125
23 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 1:36.1806 0:01.9537
24 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 1:36.5982 0:02.3713
25 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 1:36.7060 0:02.4791
26 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 1:38.3585 0:04.1316
27 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:39.9461 0:05.7192
28 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:42.5713 0:08.3444

See below for the full Practice 1 result

1 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:34.3942R
2 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:34.8683 0:00.4741
3 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:35.0242 0:00.6300
4 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:35.4467 0:01.0525
5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:35.5319 0:01.1377
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:35.6038 0:01.2096
7 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:35.7343 0:01.3401
8 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:35.9411 0:01.5469
9 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:35.9612 0:01.5670
10 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:35.9783 0:01.5841
11 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:35.9818 0:01.5876
12 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:36.2647 0:01.8705
13 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:36.3175 0:01.9233
14 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 1:36.4096 0:02.0154
15 Heavy Haulage Australia Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 1:36.4262 0:02.0320
16 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:36.5406 0:02.1464
17 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:36.6522 0:02.2580
18 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 1:36.7063 0:02.3121
19 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:36.9350 0:02.5408
20 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 1:36.9580 0:02.5638
21 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:37.0430 0:02.6488
22 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:37.5750 0:03.1808
23 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 1:37.8873 0:03.4931
24 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:39.7378 0:05.3436
25 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 1:40.0155 0:05.6213
26 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:41.4285 0:07.0343
27 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 1:43.3559 0:08.9617
Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF

 

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