Perth Supercars: McLaughlin edges Whincup in final practice
Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin edged Jamie Whincup in the final practice session ahead of tonight's second Perth SuperNight leg.
Chaz Mostert spent the majority of the session on top thanks to a 53.702s set inside the first 10 minutes, teammates Will Davison and Cam Waters able to close in on the benchmark, but not quite beat it.
McLaughlin, who'd been off the track at Turn 1 midway through the session, finally toppled Mostert with a 53.384s with seven minutes to go, which put him a whopping two-tenths clear of the field.
The Happy Hour for automatic Q2 spots started three minutes from the end, with Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup both outside the Top 10 heading into the crucial final run.
Ultimately it wasn't a problem for either Red Bull Holden driver, Whincup jumping to second with a 53.465s and van Gisbergen fourth with a 53.626s.
Still, they couldn't run down McLaughlin, who didn't even bother with a final run but still ended up on top by 0.08s.
“The car feels nice. To do that and save a set of greens is really good,” he said.
“I reckon the track has lost a fair bit of grip and it’s lost some blackness. I reckon it’s less grippy in places, so you’ve got to adjust your lines so you stay on the grippier stuff.”
Mostert, who improved to a 53.610s right before his final run, ended up sandwiched between the Red Bulls, while Friday night race winner Fabian Coulthard ended up fifth.
Brad Jones Racing pair Tim Slade and Nick Percat were next, as Waters and Davison were shuffled back to eighth and ninth.
David Reynolds fell on the right side of the Q2 bubble in 10th, which meant Andre Heimgartner missed out by 0.01s.
|1||17||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||53.3841|
|2||88||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||53.4650||0.0809||0.0809|
|3||55||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||53.6100||0.2259||0.1450|
|4||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||53.6262||0.2421||0.0162|
|5||12||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||53.6480||0.2639||0.0218|
|6||14||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||53.6777||0.2936||0.0297|
|7||8||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||53.6926||0.3085||0.0149|
|8||6||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||53.7405||0.3564||0.0479|
|9||23||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||53.7453||0.3612||0.0048|
|10||9||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||53.7617||0.3776||0.0164|
|11||7||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima L33||53.7778||0.3937||0.0161|
|12||200||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||53.7903||0.4062||0.0125|
|13||15||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima L33||53.7978||0.4137||0.0075|
|14||78||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima L33||53.8150||0.4309||0.0172|
|15||5||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||53.8355||0.4514||0.0205|
|16||22||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||53.8360||0.4519||0.0005|
|17||18||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||53.8396||0.4555||0.0036|
|18||99||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||53.8793||0.4952||0.0397|
|19||3||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima L33||53.9257||0.5416||0.0464|
|20||34||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||53.9860||0.6019||0.0603|
|21||35||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||54.0000||0.6159||0.0140|
|22||21||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||54.0799||0.6958||0.0799|
|23||33||Richie Stanaway||Holden Commodore ZB||54.0938||0.7097||0.0139|
|24||77||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore ZB||54.1607||0.7766||0.0669|
|25||19||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||54.4004||1.0163||0.2397|
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