McLaughlin fastest in incident-packed Practice 4

Saturday 6th July, 2013 - 10:04am

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Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin has continued his strong form in Townsville during an incident-packed final practice session prior to Race 20 qualifying.

The Fujitsu Racing GRM Holden driver topped the 30 minute hit-out after a succession of fast-laps mid-session.

McLaughlin’s best of 1:12.86s eclipsed the previous benchmark of Friday fast-man David Reynolds by 0.24s.

A red flag with just five minutes remaining to retrieve the stranded Wilson Security Holden of David Wall then promised to produce a late flurry of qualifying simulation laps.

It was only James Courtney, however, who could challenge the top two, with the Holden Racing Team Commodore splitting the pair on his final lap.

Courtney’s Walkinshaw Racing stable-mate Russell Ingall was an equally encouraging fourth fastest, although a late-session rear-suspension failure for Garth Tander triggered widespread concern through the three-car garage.

James Moffat also found himself in the wars, becoming the first driver to contact the street circuit’s concrete with a tap on the Turn 12 exit fence mid-session.

The Norton-backed Altima also spun at Turn 13 in the dying moments, just seconds after team-mate Todd Kelly nosed into the barriers at Turn 8.

Wall’s incident however was the most dramatic of all; the BJR Holden coming to rest in the tyre wall after an apparent front-end failure entering the high-speed Turn 5.

As was the case on Friday, differing pre-marked tyre banks muddied the final order, with the top runners having all enjoyed runs on soft tyres left over from previous events.

Jamie Whincup continued his low-key weekend so far in ninth having been the only driver who elected not to return to the track following the red flag.

Teams have just over two hours to turn their cars around for qualifying, which will be followed by a Top 10 Shootout and a 200km race later this afternoon.

PRACTICE #4 – Townsville

Pos
Driver
Team
Time
1
Scott McLaughlin Fujitsu Racing GRM 1:12.8641
2
James Courtney Holden Racing Team +0.1287
3
David Reynolds The Bottle-O FPR Ford +0.5181
4
Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing +0.5181
5
Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia +0.6355
6
Scott Pye ekol Racing +0.7312
7
Shane Van Gisbergen TEKNO Team VIP +0.7392
8
Will Davison Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford +0.9009
9
Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia +0.9936
10
Lee Holdsworth Irwin Racing +1.0918
11
Dean Fiore Dodo Insurance Racing +1.1159
12
Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford +1.1167
13
Tony D’Alberto Team HIFLEX +1.1852
14
Alex Davison Jeld-wen FPR Ford +1.2026
15
Tim Slade Heavy Haulage Australia Racing +1.2357
16
Jason Bright Team BOC +1.2720
17
David Wall Wilson Security Racing +1.2852
18
Alexandre Premat Fujitsu Racing GRM +1.3124
19
Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing +1.3421
20
Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports +1.4010
21
Chaz Mostert Wilson Security Racing +1.4108
22
Garth Tander Holden Racing Team +1.4334
23
Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing +1.4467
24
James Moffat Norton 360 Racing +1.6515
25
Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing +1.7095
26
Michael Caruso Norton 360 Racing +1.7329
27
Maro Engel SP Tools Racing +1.7894
28
Tim Blanchard Wilson Security Racing +1.9350

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