Waters beats McLaughlin by thousandths in Practice 2

Cameron Waters

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

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
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

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