McLaughlin leads the way in first V8 practice

McLaughlin leads the way in first V8 practice

Scott McLaughlin set the pace in the first of two hour-long V8 Supercars practice sessions at Queensland Raceway.

The Volvo driver enjoyed a brief stint at the top of the times in the early stages of the session. However, it was a late run on the soft tyre that was the key to ending up P1, McLaughlin going fastest just inside the final 10 minutes, before improving to a 1m10.056s.

“The car felt good on both compoundss, which is important,” said McLaughlin.

“It was good. I’ve always liked this track.”

Ash Walsh wound up second in the Erebus Mercedes, having hung around the top of the times for the entirety of the second half of the session. Like McLaughlin, his best time came on the soft tyre, Walsh finishing the session 0.165s shy of P1, and two-hundredths ahead of team-mate Will Davison.

Scott Pye was another to improve late on the soft tyre, the Penske driver finishing fifth, while Prodrive’s Chaz Mostert was the best of the hard runners in sixth.

Todd Kelly was the best Nissan in seventh, ahead of David Wall in the second Volvo and Prodrive pair Andre Heimgartner and Mark Winterbottom.

Meanwhile, it was a quiet session for a few of the big names. Triple Eight pair Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes were just 13th and 16th respectively, Shane van Gisbergen was 20th, Fabian Coulthard 23rd, and Holden Racing Team pair Garth Tander and James Courtney 21st and 24th.

Pos   Driver   Car   Time  Gap 
Scott McLaughlin Volvo 1'10.0563  
Ashley Walsh Mercedes 1'10.2221 0.1658
Will Davison Mercedes 1'10.2459 0.1896
Scott Pye Ford 1'10.3438 0.2875
Chaz Mostert Ford 1'10.3707 0.3144
Todd Kelly Nissan 1'10.4148 0.3585
David Wall Volvo 1'10.4747 0.4184
A.Heimgartner Ford 1'10.5123 0.4560
M.Winterbottom Ford 1'10.5723 0.5160
10  Lee Holdsworth Holden 1'10.6302 0.5739
11  James Moffat Nissan 1'10.7154 0.6591
12  Tim Blanchard Holden 1'10.7450 0.6887
13  Jamie Whincup Holden 1'10.7822 0.7259
14  Jason Bright Holden 1'10.8684 0.8121
15  David Reynolds Ford 1'10.8888 0.8325
16  Craig Lowndes Holden 1'10.8947 0.8384
17  Rick Kelly Nissan 1'10.9422 0.8859
18  Nick Percat Holden 1'10.9923 0.9360
19  Michael Caruso Nissan 1'11.0144 0.9581
20  S.van Gisbergen Holden 1'11.0256 0.9693
21  Garth Tander Holden 1'11.0392 0.9829
22  Tim Slade Holden 1'11.0629 1.0066
23  Fabian Coulthard Holden 1'11.1106 1.0543
24  James Courtney Holden 1'11.2567 1.2004
25  Dale Wood Holden 1'11.5306 1.4743
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