McLaughlin fastest in final Pukekohe practice

Saturday 26th April, 2014 - 9:18am


Scott McLaughin. pic: Neville Bailey

Scott McLaughin. pic: Neville Bailey

Scott McLaughlin excited his local crowd by eclipsing Jamie Whincup for the top spot in the dying seconds of final practice at Pukekohe.

After a messy qualifying session and opening lap left him fighting through the pack in Race 10, McLaughlin showed the Volvo’s true speed in Practice 2.

His 1:02.90s effort, set after the chequered flag fell, proved 0.22s quicker than that of Whincup.

Whincup had earlier bumped team-mate Craig Lowndes from the top spot with 60 seconds remaining, bouncing back from his power steering problems in Race 10.

Chaz Mostert was able to split the Red Bull duo before the end of the 30 minutes.

James Courtney, Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, James Moffat, Lee Holdsworth and Scott Pye completed the top 10 after several elected to end their program with a green tyre run.

The session ran without incident, save for a minor early off for Garth Tander that saw the HRT Commodore nudge the tyre wall at Turn 4 before rejoining unscathed.

Back-to-back qualifying sessions for Races 11 and 12 of the championship will take place from 11:30 local time.

TIMES: Practice 2 – ITM 500 Auckland : Pukekohe Park Raceway

Position Car Driver Team Car Time Difference
1   33  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:02.8997
2    1  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.1172 0:00.2175
3    6  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.1516 0:00.2519
4  888  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.1850 0:00.2853
5   22  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2300 0:00.3303
6   97  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2326 0:00.3329
7   14  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2532 0:00.3535
8  360  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:03.2734 0:00.3737
9    4  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.3334 0:00.4337
10   16  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.3614 0:00.4617
11    9  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.4265 0:00.5268
12   18  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.5327 0:00.6330
13    5  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.5394 0:00.6397
14    8  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5862 0:00.6865
15    2  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5927 0:00.6930
16   15  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:03.7201 0:00.8204
17   36  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:03.7311 0:00.8314
18   34  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:03.7334 0:00.8337
19    7  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Volvo S60 1:02.8997 0:00.8396
20  222  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.1172 0:00.8543
21   23  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.1516 0:00.8647
22   55  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.1850 0:00.8669
23   47  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2300 0:00.8686
24   21  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2326 0:00.9004 comment policy reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic. Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

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