Ipswich Supercars: McLaughlin tops opening practice
A last-minute lap put Scott McLaughlin on top in the opening Supercars practice session at Queensland Raceway.
However a move to a fresh set of rubber for a final run made the difference for the points leader, who jumped to the top with a 1m09.182s.
With none of the other front-runners improving at the flag, McLaughlin finished the session just over a tenth clear of Davison.
"I wasn't happy on the first set [of tyres], so I wanted to baseline what we had," said McLaughlin.
"The car is pretty good. There's a bit there in me and the car, but we're pretty happy with where we're at."
Tickford driver Davison had gone quickest with six minutes to go, thanks to a 1m09.417s, before returning with a minute to go for a run on better tyres. However catching some slower traffic at the last corner limited his improvement to a 1m09.325s.
"The guys that are starting their lap do a big wide turn-in to get a good exit," Davison explained.
"I was finishing my lap and lost a little bit in the middle of the last corner just coming up on this guys.
"It's just Practice 1 and the car was fast anyway, we were really quick on our first set of tyres."
Early pacesetter Whincup dropped to third by the flag, followed by Anton De Pasquale.
|1||17||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1'09.1982|
|2||23||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1'09.3253||0.1271||0.1271|
|3||88||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.4594||0.2612||0.1341|
|4||99||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.4695||0.2713||0.0101|
|5||55||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||1'09.4824||0.2842||0.0129|
|6||12||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1'09.5902||0.3920||0.1078|
|7||7||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||1'09.5914||0.3932||0.0012|
|8||9||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.6166||0.4184||0.0252|
|9||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.6178||0.4196||0.0012|
|10||35||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.6515||0.4533||0.0337|
|11||5||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1'09.6830||0.4848||0.0315|
|12||6||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1'09.7594||0.5612||0.0764|
|13||8||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.8794||0.6812||0.1200|
|14||14||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.9071||0.7089||0.0277|
|15||2||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1'09.9317||0.7335||0.0246|
|16||3||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||1'09.9383||0.7401||0.0066|
|17||15||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1'09.9543||0.7561||0.0160|
|18||22||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.0036||0.8054||0.0493|
|19||34||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.0209||0.8227||0.0173|
|20||21||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.1406||0.9424||0.1197|
|21||18||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.1940||0.9958||0.0534|
|22||78||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1'10.2082||1.0100||0.0142|
|23||19||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.5509||1.3527||0.3427|
|24||33||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.7836||1.5854||0.2327|
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