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Bathurst 1000: McLaughlin crashes after going fastest

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Scott McLaughlin set the fastest time in pre-qualifying practice at Bathurst, before smacking the wall on his final run.

The DJR Team Penske ace was a consistent figure at the top of the times, leading the way early with a mid-2m05s before being shuffled down as the likes of Cam Waters and Jamie Whincup improved.

Heading into the final third of the session McLaughlin went quickest again, a 2m04.371s moving him clear of Whincup.

He then looked to go quicker on his final run, going purple in the first sector before locking his rears and hitting the wall in the way into the Elbow.

But while his session ended with his car slowly crabbing its way down Conrod Straight, McLaiughlin still hung on to top spot, nobody able to beat that earlier time.

"I just ballsed up the downshift," said McLaughlin.

"You're using the engine braking so much that as soon as you miss one, you're out of the groove. That's all I did. I tried to half recover it, but as soon as it plucked the bottom arm out I was a bit of a passenger.

"The car is super racey. It felt mega. I was six-tenths up going into that part of the track and I've got a 4.4s on the dash..."

Bryce Fullwood ended up an impressive second, just days after signing a new contract with Walkinshaw Andretti United, followed by Tickford pair Lee Holdsworth and Cam Waters.

Whincup slipped back to fifth after not improving at the end, with his teammate Shane van Gisbergen sixth, Chaz Mostert seventh and Alex Davison the surprise of the session in eighth in his Team Sydney Holden.

Next up is qualifying, which will determine who makes the Top 10 Shootout and locks in grid positions 11-25.

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Australia Tim Slade
2'04.371    
2 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Australia Kurt Kostecki
2'04.484 0.113 0.113
3 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Australia Michael Caruso
2'04.529 0.158 0.045
4 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Australia Will Davison
2'04.543 0.172 0.013
5 88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Australia Craig Lowndes
2'04.628 0.256 0.084
6 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Garth Tander
2'04.679 0.307 0.051
7 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Australia Warren Luff
2'04.758 0.386 0.079
8 19 Australia Alex Davison
Australia Jonathon Webb
2'04.807 0.435 0.049
9 44 Australia James Courtney
Broc Feeney
2'04.854 0.482 0.046
10 20 Australia Scott Pye
Australia Dean Fiore
2'04.930 0.559 0.076
11 8 Australia Nick Percat
Australia Thomas Randle
2'04.943 0.572 0.012
12 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Australia James Moffat
2'05.159 0.787 0.215
13 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Brodie Kostecki
2'05.231 0.859 0.072
14 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Dylan O'Keeffe
2'05.291 0.919 0.060
15 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Jordan Boys
2'05.432 1.060 0.141
16 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Australia Tony D'Alberto
2'05.487 1.116 0.055
17 15 Australia Rick Kelly
Australia Dale Wood
2'05.561 1.190 0.074
18 34 Australia Jake Kostecki
Australia Zane Goddard
2'05.597 1.225 0.035
19 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Australia James Golding
2'05.819 1.447 0.221
20 9 Australia David Reynolds
Australia Will Brown
2'05.870 1.498 0.051
21 3 Australia Macauley Jones
Australia Tim Blanchard
2'06.317 1.945 0.447
22 35 Australia Garry Jacobson
Australia David Russell
2'06.591 2.220 0.274
23 4 Australia Jack Smith
Jack Perkins
2'06.763 2.392 0.172
24 22 New Zealand Chris Pither
Australia Steven Owen
2'06.806 2.434 0.042
25 40 Tyler Everingham
Jayden Ojeda
2'06.909 2.537 0.103
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Event Bathurst
Author Andrew van Leeuwen