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Thursday, Oct 10 07:07pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Scott McLaughlin breaks Bathurst lap record in Practice 3

Shell V-Power Racing driver Scott McLaughlin has broken his 2017 lap record at Mount Panorama in Practice 3 on Thursday.

McLaughlin clocked a 2:03.7728 on his 19th and final lap in the 60-minute session behind the wheel of his Ford Mustang.

While not technically counted as an outright lap record, the time is the fastest set by a Supercar across Practice, Qualifying, or the Top 10 Shootout.

Incredibly, McLaughlin opted only to run with two new tyres on his quickest lap. The reigning champion said he believed he had more time left in it as well, given he made a few mistakes on the lap.

“The car feels good, we rolled out pretty nice,” McLaughlin said.

“Mate, you’re hanging on over the top now. It’s unbelievable the grip of these cars. Everyone is having a full dip. She’s good fun, but we’ll see how we go tomorrow.

“On the second to last corner, I dropped a wheel. That was a moment and a half. I kept my foot in it. I’m an idiot, I’ve got to remember it’s Thursday. I’ll chew myself up overnight.

“There’s a little bit here and there. The green side of the car felt alright so the left-handers felt pretty good, but the right handers are still a bit loose. We’ll tune that up overnight and throw a set of green on it tomorrow.

Speaking of the possibility of a 2minute2second lap he said: “I think it’s going to be a low [2minute3second lap].

“If it’s dry and the conditions are right it’ll be a low three. God damn if someone is doing a [two-minute lap] I hope I’m doing it.”

A blistering pace was set in the third practice session. Four cars went under the 2minute4second marker, but only McLaughlin could beat the lap record. Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Holden Racing Team), Cameron Waters (Tickford Racing), and Will Davison (23Red Racing) all broke the 2minute4second barrier and were split by just two tenths.

The Tickford Racing cars were quick with Chaz Mostert in fifth just ahead of his teammate Lee Holdsworth. McLaughlin’s teammate Fabian Coulthard was seventh, Shane van Gisbergen eighth, Anton de Pasquale ninth, and Rick Kelly the last of the top 10 runners.

 

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Practice 3

 

Pos   No.   Driver Laps   Time Diff Int
1 17 McLaughlin/Premat 20 2'03.7728      
2 88 Whincup/Lowndes 17 2'03.9327 0.1599   0.1599
3 6 Waters/Caruso 17 2'03.9490 0.1762 0.0163
4 23 W.Davison/A.Davison 16 2'03.9918 0.2190 0.0428
5 55 Mostert/Moffat 19 2'04.0622 0.2894 0.0704
6 5 Holdsworth/Randle 19 2'04.0673 0.2945 0.0051
7 12 Coulthard/D'Alberto 18 2'04.1348 0.3620 0.0675
8 97 van Gisbergen/Tander 18 2'04.1501 0.3773 0.0153
9 99 De Pasquale/Brown 16 2'04.3315 0.5587 0.1814
10 15 Kelly/Wood 16 2'04.4975 0.7247 0.1660
11 14 Slade/Walsh 19 2'04.5245 0.7517 0.0270
12 22 Courtney/Perkins 15 2'04.5398 0.7670 0.0153
13 7 Heimgartner/Fullwood 17 2'04.6028 0.830 0.0630
14 18 Winterbottom/Richards 15 2'04.7099 0.9371 0.1071
15 34 Golding/Muscat 16 2'04.7188 0.9460 0.0089
16 3 Jacobson/Fiore 18 2'04.7546 0.9818 0.0358
17 8 Percat/Blanchard 18 2'04.8205 1.0477 0.0659
18 35 Hazelwood/Smith 15 2'05.1352 1.3624 0.3147
19 33 Stanaway/Pither 21 2'05.2452 1.4724 0.110
20 2 Pye/Luff 18 2'05.2683 1.4955 0.0231
21 78 de Silvestro/Rullo 17 2'05.7410 1.9682 0.4727
22 21 Jones/Canto 20 2'05.8574 2.0846 0.1164
23 19 Le Brocq/Webb 19 2'07.1522 3.3794 1.2948
24 27 Rossi/Hinchcliffe 16 2'07.2281 3.4553 0.0759

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