Whincup edges McLaughlin in final practice at SMP

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup has edged Scott McLaughlin to first position in the second and final practice session for the BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint.

McLaughlin ended up splitting the Red Bull Holden Racing Team entries of Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen after the final flurry of lap times in a hit-out run under overcast skies at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore), who was only 23rd-fastest in Practice 1, now has the fastest time of the weekend having punched out a 1:28.8314s just after the chequered flag.

He had immediately gone within a tenth of van Gisbergen’s earlier benchmark in clocking a 1:29.0848s on new tyres on his first flier, which was best until Penrite Racing’s Anton De Pasquale wheeled the #99 ZB Commodore to a 1:29.0701s inside the final two minutes.

McLaughlin then got in a 1:28.9892s which had the #17 Shell V-Power Mustang fastest for a moment, before Whincup usurped him and van Gisbergen slotted into third with a 1:29.0168s in the #97 ZB Commodore.

On combined times, however, van Gisbergen’s 1:28.9179s has him second-best for the two sessions.

“It’s great to be back, great to be cutting laps,” said Whincup.

“It’s the first time in 12 weeks I haven’t been a second-and-a-half off the pace in practice, so that’s nice,” he quipped in an apparent reference to the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries.

“It was a quick, fast session, straight out of P1, literally no time to do anything, you make a few changes and straight into P2. That’s going to be the story of the day but overall, the car feels good.

“We did a little bit of a race run which was reasonable; the car’s pretty good over a lap. Everyone will improve for qualifying so we’ll have to keep chipping away.”

Lee Holdsworth (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) wound up fourth having briefly been second-fastest, with De Pasquale shuffled back to fifth all told.

Nick Percat (#8 Dunlop Super Dealer ZB Commodore), who held second from his first flyer until McLaughlin dislodged him with just over a dozen minutes of 30 to go, finished sixth-fastest at 0.2502s slower than Whincup’s best.

Rounding out the top 10 were Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore), Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Whisky Mustang), Macauley Jones (#3 CoolDrive ZB Commodore), and Rick Kelly (#15 Castrol Altima).

Fabian Coulthard (#12 Shell V-Power Mustang) was next at 0.5742s off the pace, while David Reynolds (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore) took 14th.

James Courtney finished 17th in his second session in Tickford Racing’s #44 Boost Mobile Mustang with a personal best of 1:29.6500s.

Qualifying, to be run in three parts including a Top 15 Shootout, is next up from 13:15 local time/AEST.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:28.8314
2 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1:28.9892 0:00.1578
3 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.0168 0:00.1854
4 5 Truck Assist Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:29.0512 0:00.2198
5 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.0701 0:00.2387
6 8 Dunlop Super Dealer Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.0816 0:00.2502
7 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.2729 0:00.4415
8 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:29.2730 0:00.4416
9 3 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.3130 0:00.4816
10 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Ford Mustang GT 1:29.3945 0:00.5631
11 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1:29.4056 0:00.5742
12 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:29.4546 0:00.6232
13 14 Brut Military Grade Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.4997 0:00.6683
14 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.5317 0:00.7003
15 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:29.6311 0:00.7997
16 35 Yellow Cover Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.6389 0:00.8075
17 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:29.6500 0:00.8186
18 2 Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.6526 0:00.8212
19 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7938 0:00.9624
20 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.8043 0:00.9729
21 19 Local Legends Racing Alex Davison Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.9315 0:01.1001
22 4 SCT Motor Sports Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.1024 0:01.2710
23 22 Team SYDNEY Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.1987 0:01.3673
24 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.5768 0:01.7454

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