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Ipswich Supercars: McLaughlin tops opening practice

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A last-minute lap put Scott McLaughlin on top in the opening Supercars practice session at Queensland Raceway.

The DJR Team Penske driver wasn't a factor for much of the half-hour session, with the likes of Jamie Whincup and Will Davison leading the way.

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.

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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.

Chaz Mostert made gains on his final run to slot into fifth, ahead of Kiwis Fabian Coulthard and Andre Heimgartner.

David Reynolds finished up eighth, Shane van Gisbergen ninth after losing much of his session to a gear sensor issue, and Todd Hazelwood in 10th.

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Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1'09.1982    
2 23 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1'09.3253 0.1271 0.1271
3 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1'09.4594 0.2612 0.1341
4 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1'09.4695 0.2713 0.0101
5 55 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1'09.4824 0.2842 0.0129
6 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1'09.5902 0.3920 0.1078
7 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1'09.5914 0.3932 0.0012
8 9 Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1'09.6166 0.4184 0.0252
9 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1'09.6178 0.4196 0.0012
10 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'09.6515 0.4533 0.0337
11 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1'09.6830 0.4848 0.0315
12 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'09.7594 0.5612 0.0764
13 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1'09.8794 0.6812 0.1200
14 14 Australia Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1'09.9071 0.7089 0.0277
15 2 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1'09.9317 0.7335 0.0246
16 3 Australia Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1'09.9383 0.7401 0.0066
17 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1'09.9543 0.7561 0.0160
18 22 Australia James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.0036 0.8054 0.0493
19 34 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.0209 0.8227 0.0173
20 21 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.1406 0.9424 0.1197
21 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.1940 0.9958 0.0534
22 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima 1'10.2082 1.0100 0.0142
23 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.5509 1.3527 0.3427
24 33 Australia Michael Caruso Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.7836 1.5854 0.2327
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Event Queensland
Author Andrew van Leeuwen