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Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin tops Practice 2, Whincup crashes

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Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin tops Practice 2, Whincup crashes
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Scott McLaughlin topped the second Supercars practice session at Hidden Valley while Jamie Whincup hit the wall.

McLaughlin started the half-hour session running the soft-compound Dunlops, the benchmark time – a 1m06.479s – coming inside the first 10 minutes.

The DJR Team Penske driver then switched to hard tyre runs ahead of qualifying.

"The soft balance is pretty good. The hard balance is probably not exactly right," he said.

"We expected that, it's just more of balance shift than we thought.

"I'm happy with my balance, I think we can tune it on the bars which is ideal because we can do that during the race."

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It was a shocker of a session for McLaughlin's closest title rival, however, with Whincup taking a high-speed trip into the wall.

The seven-time series champion lost control of his Triple Eight Holden through Turn 7, the car skipping over the grass before collecting the wall and damaging the rear end.

That was the end of his session, Whincup jumping on the tools to help get the car fixed before qualifying.

"I just lost the rear," he explained. "The car's been taily all day and I just lost the rear down the hill. There's no run-off there so I went straight in the tyres.

"It's not a massive hit with the suspension, but it's still a lot of work to get the car out for qualifying."

Whincup wasn't the only driver to find the wall, with James Courtney sending his Tickford Ford into the barrier at Turn 10 right at the end of the session.

Practice 1 pacesetter Chaz Mostert finished up second, just three-hundredths behind McLaughlin.

Cam Waters and Scott Pye were third and fourth, followed by Fabian Coulthard, Andre Heimgartner, Lee Holdsworth and Jack Le Brocq.

Neither Erebus cars were in the Top 10, Anton De Pasquale and David Reynolds 11th and 12th respectively, while Shane van Gisbergen – who complained of a rear suspension problem in the first session – was just 15th fastest.

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 1'06.479    
2 25 Australia Chaz Mostert 1'06.514 0.035 0.035
3 6 Australia Cameron Waters 1'06.707 0.228 0.192
4 20 Australia Scott Pye 1'06.709 0.230 0.002
5 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 1'06.750 0.271 0.040
6 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 1'06.761 0.281 0.010
7 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 1'06.784 0.305 0.023
8 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq 1'06.911 0.432 0.126
9 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood 1'06.951 0.472 0.040
10 15 Australia Rick Kelly 1'06.977 0.498 0.026
11 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale 1'06.977 0.498 0.000
12 9 Australia David Reynolds 1'07.015 0.536 0.037
13 8 Australia Nick Percat 1'07.036 0.557 0.021
14 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 1'07.075 0.596 0.039
15 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 1'07.158 0.679 0.082
16 22 New Zealand Chris Pither 1'07.270 0.790 0.111
17 44 Australia James Courtney 1'07.277 0.797 0.006
18 4 Australia Jack Smith 1'07.367 0.888 0.090
19 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood 1'07.436 0.957 0.069
20 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 1'07.487 1.008 0.050
21 19 Australia Alex Davison 1'07.574 1.095 0.087
22 35 Australia Garry Jacobson 1'07.681 1.202 0.107
23 3 Australia Macauley Jones 1'07.686 1.207 0.005
24 34 Australia Jake Kostecki 1'08.353 1.874 0.667
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Series Supercars
Event Hidden Valley
Author Andrew van Leeuwen