Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin beats Reynolds in final practice

Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin beats Reynolds in final practice

Scott McLaughlin and David Reynolds led the way in the third and final Supercars practice session at Hidden Valley.

Anton De Pasquale was fastest out of the blocks, the Erebus driver going quickest on his third lap with a 1m06.566s.

It didn't take long for McLaughlin to improve that benchmark, though, the points leader going four-tenths clear of the field with a 1m06.118s on the eight minute mark.

There were few meaningful improvements through the middle part of the 30-minute hit-out as crews worked on race set-ups.

It wasn't until there was 10 minutes to go that anyway made an in-roads on McLaughlin's gap, Reynolds halving the advantage to two-tenths.

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McLaughlin re-emerged with four minutes to go on a fresh, but not green set of rubber, going purple in Sector 2 but ultimately falling short of his earlier benchmark.

Not that it mattered, none of the late improvements good enough to trouble either McLaughlin or Reynolds.

“It was a free session because It doesn’t really mean anything,” said Reynolds.

“Yesterday Practice 2 meant something, it was the first part of qualifying, so we couldn’t go really stupid with our set-up and try some out-there stuff.

“That was the session to do it then.

“I think the car was better yesterday, I don’t know whether that was the tyres we had yesterday that were a bit better, but we’ve got to work it out.”

Jamie Whincup was best of the late improvers, the Red Bull Holden driver making up 11 spot on his final run as he moved into third, just three-hundredths off Reynolds.

That time dropped De Pasquale, who had improved moments earlier, down to fourth, ahead of Cam Waters and Andre Heimgartner.

Scott Pye and Tim Slade were next, with Shane van Gisbergen and Jack Le Brocq rounding out the Top 10.

Fabian Coulthard, meanwhile, was just 15th quickest, six-tenths down on teammate McLaughlin.

“I’m actually not too stressed. We tried a couple of things,” he said.

“We had a good run yesterday in P2. I think we’ll put some tyres on it and be fine.”

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1'06.1184  
2 9 Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.3294 0.2110
3 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.3640 0.2456
4 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.4725 0.3541
5 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'06.4931 0.3747
6 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1'06.5523 0.4339
7 2 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.5900 0.4716
8 14 Australia Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.5979 0.4795
9 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.6421 0.5237
10 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.6498 0.5314
11 55 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1'06.6633 0.5449
12 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.7120 0.5936
13 23 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1'06.7134 0.5950
14 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima 1'06.7143 0.5959
15 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1'06.7285 0.6101
16 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1'06.7579 0.6395
17 22 Australia James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1'06.8064 0.6880
18 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1'06.8151 0.6967
19 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.0034 0.8850
20 3 Australia Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1'07.0368 0.9184
21 34 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.0533 0.9349
22 33 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.0562 0.9378
23 21 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.0739 0.9555
24 4 United States Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.3136 1.1952
25 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'07.3347 1.2163
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Series Supercars
Event Hidden Valley
Author Andrew van Leeuwen