McLaughlin into 1:47s as van Gisbergen battles in Practice 3

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin has further lowered the practice record at The Bend as Shane van Gisbergen endured a torrid time in the third full-field session of the weekend.

McLaughlin, who also smashed the practice record the afternoon earlier, was more than three quarters of a second faster than the rest with a 1:47.9865s on used tyres in Practice 3, while Chaz Mostert and then Anton De Pasquale were next-best.

Van Gisbergen, on the other hand, ended up 20th having gone off four times in the #97 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore during the half-hour session.

The hit-out was barely underway when a red flag was called in the seventh minute due to debris brought onto the track by a Macauley Jones (#21 CoolDrive ZB Commodore) off at Turn 18.

By then, van Gisbergen had already run off twice, first at Turn 13 followed by a wild moment when he hit the kerb and picked up two wheels through the succession of right-handers.

McLaughlin clocked a 1:48.9311s on his first flyer after the red flag in the #17 Shell V-Power Mustang, taking top spot from Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang).

On his next run, the championship leader set a 1:48.4030s on P3 tyres, putting him almost nine tenths of a second ahead of his rivals at that point in time.

DJR Team Penske reportedly bolted another used set of tyres onto Car #17 for the final run, when McLaughlin became the first driver to lap The Bend Motorsport Park in a Supercar in the 1:47s bracket.

As expected, most of the fast laps came right at the end of the session, which ran in cloudy conditions throughout.

Mostert moved to a 1:48.7594s late on in the #55 Supercheap Auto Mustang, while De Pasquale (#99 Penrite ZB Commodore) was less than three hundredths slower again.

Waters and Lee Holdsworth (#5 The Bottle-O Mustang) made it three Tickford Racing entries in the top five, the former as the last driver within a second of McLaughlin’s fastest lap.

Rounding out the top 10 were Scott Pye (#2 Mobil 1 Mega ZB Commodore), Will Davison (#23 Milwaukee Mustang), Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), James Courtney (#22 Walkinshaw Andretti United ZB Commodore), and Tim Slade (#14 Freightliner ZB Commodore).

Fabian Coulthard (#12 Mustang) was 15th at 1.4106s slower than his team-mate in the second of the DJRTP entries, one position ahead of Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds (#9 ZB Commodore).

Wildcards Thomas Randle (#66 Scandia Mustang) and Jack Smith (#4 SCT Logistics ZB Commodore) were 17th and 18th respectively.

Van Gisbergen had two more offs after the red flag, including a moment at Turn 5 when his car snapped sideways and the steering wheel whip appeared to hurt his left wrist.

The 2016 champion even quipped, “Yay! I did a lap,” when he finally logged a somewhat representative lap time as he took the chequered flag, despite still being 1.6753s slower than McLaughlin.

Team-mate Jamie Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) was even further back, in 24th.

Armor All Qualifying for Race 21 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship starts at 1235 local time/1305 AEST.

One of Shane van Gisbergen’s many offs pic: Fox Sports

Results: Practice 3

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1:47.9865  
2 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1:48.7594 0:00.7729
3 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.7844 0:00.7979
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:48.9334 0:00.9469
5 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:48.9921 0:01.0056
6 2 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.9934 0:01.0069
7 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:49.1473 0:01.1608
8 18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.1759 0:01.1894
9 22 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2054 0:01.2189
10 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2236 0:01.2371
11 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2534 0:01.2669
12 35 Unit Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2791 0:01.2926
13 3 RABBLE.club Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1:49.3341 0:01.3476
14 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1:49.3681 0:01.3816
15 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1:49.3971 0:01.4106
16 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.4303 0:01.4438
17 66 Scandia Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 1:49.5894 0:01.6029
18 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.6248 0:01.6383
19 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.6496 0:01.6631
20 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.6618 0:01.6753
21 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:49.6646 0:01.6781
22 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:49.7821 0:01.7956
23 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.9971 0:02.0106
24 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:50.0142 0:02.0277
25 8 X Convenience Mobil Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:50.1088 0:02.1223
26 33 Boost Mobile Racing Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 1:50.2410 0:02.2545

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