V8s fall short of 300km/h on opening day

Scott McLaughlin recorded the fastest speed of the day

Scott McLaughlin recorded the fastest speed of the day

Fabian Coulthard’s new lap record was not matched by record top speeds during the opening day of practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Whether a new drop gear ratio would see the cars break 300km/h on Conrod Straight has been the topic of much debate during the lead-up to the event.

Data supplied by V8 Supercars shows that today’s fastest speed, recorded by Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo, topped out at 296.1km/h.

David Reynolds, whose best official speed in Practice 3 was 18th quickest at 293.2km/h, said that 300km/h may only be possible while tucked in behind other cars in race conditions.

“I think our cars were actually slower than last year by a few kays because it takes longer to accelerate,” said Reynolds. “In the tow it might be quicker but by yourself it’s slower.”

The ratio was changed this year in order to avoid having cars running out of gearing and bouncing off their 7,500rpm rev limiters into The Chase.

Top 10 official speeds from Thursday Practice 3

Scott McLaughlin 296.1
Nick Percat 295.4
Jack Perkins 295.1
Scott Pye 294.5
Jack Le Brocq 294.4
Steve Richards 294.4
Steve Owen 294.3
Paul Dumbrell 294.1
Andre Heimgartner 294.1
Fabian Coulthard 294.1

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