02 Mar 2018
THE shadow of 2017 has extended into opening practice at the 2018 Adelaide 500, with Scott McLaughlin topping the timesheets in second practice just hours after title rival Jamie Whincup did the same in the morning’s opening session.
By Matthew Agius
After Whincup posted the fastest lap in opening practice, the Shell V-Power Falcon of Scott McLaughin responded with a purple lap at the chequered flag in Friday's final practice session for the Supercars.
McLauglin's last lap sheet-topper came in a session brought to a temporary halt following a crash at the Turn 8 exit by Cam Waters (Monster Energy Racing).
Waters swiped the wall at the infamous sweeper and eventually came to a halt – minus a wheel – at the Turn 9 hairpin.
McLauglin nudged two-time Adelaide 500 winner Shane Van Gisbergen for first by just three-hundredths of a second, after the Kiwi jumped to the top of the timesheets early in the session.
The field was in a flurry of activity once the circuit turned green follow the Waters incident, with Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat and Tim Slade replicating their testing speed by posting the third and fourth fastest laps of the session.
Chaz Mostert was fifth in the Supercheap Auto Falcon, ahead of David Reynolds (Penrite/Erebus), Mark Winterbottom (Bottle-O Ford), Fabian Coulthard (Shell V-Power Ford), Garth Tander (Wilson Security Holden) and surprise packet Will Davison (Milwaukee Ford).
Just three tenths separated the top 10, and 19 cars were within a second of McLaughlin’s fastest lap.
Practice 1 leader Jamie Whincup was 16th fastest behind teammate Craig Lowndes in 15th.
Supercars qualifying commences at 3:50pm.
Adelaide 500 Supercars Practice 2 results
|1||Scott McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing||Ford||1:20.3567|
|2||Shane Van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||+00.2146|
|3||Nick Percat||Blackwoods Racing/BJR||Holden||+00.4027|
|4||Tim Slade||Freightliner Racing/BJR||Holden||+00.5112|
|5||Chaz Mostert||Supercheap Auto Racing||Ford||+00.5373|
|6||David Reynolds||Erebus Penrite Racing||Holden||+00.5753|
|7||Mark Winterbottom||Bottle-O Racing/Tickford||Ford||+00.6754|
|8||Fabian Coulthard||Shell V-Power Racing||Ford||+00.7484|
|9||Garth Tander||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Holden||+00.7619|
|10||Will Davison||Milwaukee Racing||Ford||+00.8074|
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