Shane van Gisbergen kept the Red Bull Holden Racing Team on top after as he pipped DJR Team Penske’s Fabian Coulthard in the second practice session at Symmons Plains.
The reigning Supercars champion utilised a set of green super-soft tyres in the closing stages to post a new practice and qualifying record lap at the 2.4km circuit.
Van Gisbergen posted a 50.80s which proved to by just 0.08s faster then countryman Coulthard in the #12 Shell V Power Racing Falcon.
The pair had traded paint during a hotly contested opening 45 minute session.
“We put a good set (of tyres) on at the end there but we have another practice to sort it out,” said van Gisbergen.
“We were not fully happy but it was a great day and we progressed a lot.”
DJRTP’s strong pace from the opening session was backed up with McLaughlin third fastest.
The Kiwi moved to the top of the times towards the end of the session.
Opening practice pacesetter Jamie Whincup was fourth having led the majority of the hit out in the #88 Red Bull HRT Commodore.
Will Davison ended up fifth in the Tekno Autosports Commodore ahead of Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat.
Lee Holdsworth’s strong start to the weekend continued in seventh, while Mark Winterbottom (Prodrive), Craig Lowndes (Triple Eight) and Cameron Waters (Prodrive) rounded out the top 10.
Lowndes entered the session with a new steering rack fitted to his Commodore after suffering a power steering leak in the earlier session.
The session was punctuated by a red flag with 15 minutes remaining when James Courtney locked up his Mobil 1 HSV Racing Commodore and speared into the gravel trap at Turn 4.
The incident triggered stewards to launch an investigation into a potential breach of the red flag conditions by Lowndes.
The Supercars field will return for another 45 minute practice session on Saturday at 1130 ahead of qualifying and Race 3 of the championship.
Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint Practice 2
|1||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||0:50.8008RSS|
|2||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:50.8862rSS||00.0854|
|3||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:50.9552 SS||00.1544|
|4||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.0428 SS||00.2420|
|5||TEKNO Woodstock Racing||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.0636 SS||00.2628|
|6||BIANTE 1:1||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.0752 SS||00.2744|
|7||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.0926 SS||00.2918|
|8||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:51.1006 SS||00.2998|
|9||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.1194 SS||00.3186|
|10||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:51.1260 SS||00.3252|
|11||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.1302 SS||00.3294|
|12||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.1322 SS||00.3314|
|13||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.1581 SS||00.3573|
|14||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.3017 SS||00.5009|
|15||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.3151 SS||00.5143|
|16||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.3220 SS||00.5212|
|17||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||0:51.3370 SS||00.5362|
|18||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||0:51.3645 SS||00.5637|
|19||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:51.3988 SS||00.5980|
|20||Sengled Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||0:51.4272 SS||00.6264|
|21||MEGA Racing||Jason Bright||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:51.4779 SS||00.6771|
|22||Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.5040 SS||00.7032|
|23||Team CoolDrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.5794 SS||00.7786|
|24||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||0:51.7551 SS||00.9543|
|25||Repair Management Aust Racing||Alex Rullo||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.8482 SS||01.0474|
|26||Repair Management Aust Racing||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VF||0:51.8884 SS||01.0876|