Waters beats McLaughlin by thousandths in Practice 2
Saturday 5th September, 2020 - 12:10pm
Cameron Waters has gone fastest in Practice 2 at the Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint by a margin of 0.0029s over Scott McLaughlin.
McLaughlin held sway for much of the half-hour session and drove the #17 Shell V-Power Mustang to a 1:12.3421s in the final minutes.
The championship leader was knocked off top spot after the chequered flag when Waters set his 1:12.3392s in Tickford Racing’s #6 Monster Energy Mustang, beating James Courtney’s Practice 1 benchmark by almost three tenths.
Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert finished third at 0.1216s off the pace, ahead of Courtney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang) and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup.
The latter was quickest after the first runs with a 1:12.5045s in the #88 ZB Commodore before McLaughlin, on new tyres, clocked a 1:12.4512s.
While only 0.0533s separated those two title combatants at the time, Mostert managed to split them when he put in a 1:12.4899s in the #25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore.
As was the case in the previous hit-out, the order settled before being shaken up again in the final runs.
Mostert improved to a 1:12.4608s in the last minute, not long after McLaughlin’s final run, before Courtney jumped to third with a 1:12.4772s.
That meant that Whincup, whose first flyer was still his fastest, was shuffled back to fifth, from Lee Holdsworth (#5 Truck Assist Mustang), Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore), and Bryce Fullwood (#2 Mobil 1 Middy’s ZB Commodore).
Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull HRT) ended up ninth with a best time of 1:12.6694s, following another wild moment when he had to catch a big wiggle in the #97 ZB Commodore through Turn 10 in the early stages.
Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) rounded out the top 10, while Penrite Racing entries of Anton De Pasquale (#99 ZB Commodore) and David Reynolds (#9 ZB Commodore) were 15th and 17th respectively, with Fabian Coulthard (#12 Shell V-Power Mustang) splitting them.
Qualifying for Race 22 of the season, including a Top 10 Shootout, is scheduled to commence at 12:45 local time/AEST.
Results: Practice 2
|1||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.3392|
|2||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.3421||0:00.0029|
|3||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.4608||0:00.1216|
|4||44||Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.4772||0:00.1380|
|5||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.5045||0:00.1653|
|6||5||Truck Assist Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.5074||0:00.1682|
|7||8||R&J Batteries||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.5951||0:00.2559|
|8||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.6097||0:00.2705|
|9||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.6694||0:00.3302|
|10||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.7180||0:00.3788|
|11||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.7387||0:00.3995|
|12||19||Local Legends Racing||Alex Davison||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.7584||0:00.4192|
|13||3||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.7916||0:00.4524|
|14||14||Team Black Duck||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.7947||0:00.4555|
|15||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.8409||0:00.5017|
|16||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.8561||0:00.5169|
|17||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.8724||0:00.5332|
|18||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.0049||0:00.6657|
|19||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||1:13.0768||0:00.7376|
|20||7||NED Whisky Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:13.1102||0:00.7710|
|21||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.1176||0:00.7784|
|22||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.3427||0:01.0035|
|23||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.4356||0:01.0964|
|24||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.4831||0:01.1439|