Clipsal 500 V8s: McLaughlin breaks lap record in FP2

Scott McLaughlin backed up his FP1 performance with a record-breaking run in second practice on the streets of Adelaide.

The Volvo driver pieced together a stunning soft-tyre run to set a new benchmark time of 1m19.697s, smashing Shane van Gisbergen’s existing practice record of 1m20.008s set last year.

While the pace was blinding, McLaughlin was far ahead of the field. Red Bull Racing Australia pair Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen both popped up late in the session, Whincup falling just 0.04s shy of McLaughlin, van Gisbergen just 0.12s shy.

Having used older rubber in FP1, Mark Winterbottom looked significantly more competitive in FP2. He was fourth fastest with a 1m19.906s, two-hundredths quicker than Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney, while Rick Kelly continued Nissan’s positive start to the new season with the sixth best time.

Jason Bright was seventh – and the first of the drivers not to go under van Gisbergen’s former record.

The first competitive session of the season is up next, with the first of two qualifying sessions ahead of tomorrow’s season-opening pair of races.

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Series Supercars
Event Adelaide
Track Adelaide International Raceway
Drivers Scott McLaughlin
Teams Garry Rogers Motorsport
Article type Practice report