Bathurst 1000: McLaughlin lowers Mount Panorama lap record
Scott McLaughlin beat his own Mount Panorama lap record with a rapid 2m03.772s in the third practice session for the Bathurst 1000.
The runaway series leader came into the day as the only driver to have lapped the famous circuit under the 2m04s barrier, thanks to his famous Shootout lap, a 2m03.831s, from 2017.
With the front-running primary drivers well into the mid-2m04s in this morning's opening practice, qualifying simulations were expected to yield something special in the evening session.
And that's exactly what happened, McLaughlin doing the fastest ever Supercars lap around Mount Panorama with a 2m03.772s – despite only running two green tyres on the right side of the car.
“You’re hanging on over the top now, it’s unbelievable the grip of the cars and I think everyone is having a full dip,” said McLaughlin.
“The second last corner, I dropped a wheel there. That was a moment and a half because I kept my foot into it. I’m an idiot, I’ve got to remember it’s Thursday!
“There’s a little bit here and there, the green side of the car felt alright, so the left-handers were pretty good, but the right-handers it’s still a little bit loose.
“We’ll tune it up overnight and throw a set of greens on it tomorrow and see, if it doesn’t rain.”
A total of four drivers have now broken the 2m04s mark thanks to that session, Jamie Whincup ending up 0.15s shy of McLaughlin with a 2m03.932s.
Practice continues with an hour-long co-driver session starting at 8:25am tomorrow.
Third practice results:
|1|| Scott McLaughlin |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'03.7728|
|2|| Jamie Whincup |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'03.9327|
|3|| Cameron Waters |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'03.9490|
|4|| Will Davison |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'03.9918|
|5|| Chaz Mostert |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'04.0622|
|6|| Lee Holdsworth |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'04.0673|
|7|| Fabian Coulthard |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'04.1348|
|8|| Shane van Gisbergen |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'04.150|
|9|| Anton De Pasquale |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'04.3315|
|10|| Rick Kelly |
|11|| Tim Slade ||Holden Commodore ZB||2'04.5245|
|12|| James Courtney |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'04.5398|
|13|| Andre Heimgartner |
|14|| Mark Winterbottom |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'04.7099|
|15|| James Golding |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'04.7188|
|16|| Garry Jacobson |
|17|| Nick Percat |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'04.8205|
|18|| Todd Hazelwood |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'05.1352|
|19|| Richie Stanaway |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'05.2452|
|20|| Scott Pye |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'05.2683|
|21|| Simona de Silvestro |
|22|| Macauley Jones |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'05.8574|
|23|| Jack Le Brocq |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'07.1521|
|24|| Alexander Rossi |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'07.2281|
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