Darwin Supercars: Whincup edges McLaughlin in second practice

Jamie Whincup took top spot in the second Supercars practice session at Hidden Valley by just 0.03s over Scott McLaughlin.

Darwin Supercars: Whincup edges McLaughlin in second practice

While DJR Team Penske’s McLaughlin that was first to charge into the very low 1m06s as the qualifying simulations started late in the 45-minute session, it was Triple Eight driver Jamie Whincup that ultimately came out on top with a late flyer of his own.

The second session effectively picked up where the first ended, with times dropping straight into the mid-1m06s. Within five minutes Whincup was fastest with a 1m06.616s, followed by David Reynolds on a 1m06.698s.

On the 20-minute mark Reynolds took over at the top with a 1m06.304s, to that point the fastest time of the weekend, eclipsing Rick Kelly’s Practice 1-topping effort.

Form qualifier Scott McLaughlin showed his hand for the first time on 25 minutes, jumping into second with a 1m06.435s. He then went quicker again 10 minutes later, improving to a 1m06.408s to close the gap to Reynolds.

With a little over four minutes to go McLaughlin finally knocked Reynolds off top spot, charging to P1 with a 1m06.070s.

Craig Lowndes practically matched McLaughlin just seconds later with a 1m06.079s, before Whincup went painfully close to breaking into the 1m05s with a 1m06.036s, which wound up being unbeatable.

“The car is good,” said Whincup. “We’re changing it up heaps, we can’t just sit on our hands and cruise around.

“The car is definitely better, we’ve made an improvement after the test day. Hopefully that continues on for the weekend.”

McLaughlin was equally impressed with his car, despite missing out on top spot.

“The cars is nice, I just overdrove it trying to find the limit,” he said. “I overstepped the mark, you know, that’s what practice is all about.

“The car has been fantastic all day in race trim and qualifying trim, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Lowndes stayed in third, while HSV Racing’s Scott Pye overcame an engine drama to pop up in fourth spot right at the end of the session.

Reynolds slipped back to fifth, a mistake on his final run preventing any late improvement, while Nick Percat was sixth in the Brad Jones Racing Commodore.

James Moffat was seventh, Tim Slade improved late to of eighth quickest, while Shane van Gisbergen was just ninth in the other Red Bull Holden.

There were some big names outside of the Top 10, with Mark Winterbottom the best Prodrive Racing entry down in 12th, two spots ahead of teammates Chaz Mostert and Cam Waters.

Fabian Coulthard was in the middle of the Prodrive Fords, finishing up 13th.

Nissan’s fortunes changed dramatically between the sessions as well, Practice 1 pacesetter Rick Kelly the best of the Altima way down in 16th.

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1 88 australia  Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.0360  
2 17 new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'06.0705 0.0345
3 888 australia  Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.0796 0.0436
4 2 australia  Scott Pye  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.2419 0.2059
5 9 australia  David Reynolds  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.3042 0.2682
6 8 australia  Nick Percat  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.3043 0.2683
7 34 australia  James Moffat  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.3078 0.2718
8 14 australia  Tim Slade  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.3301 0.2941
9 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.3500 0.3140
10 19 australia  Will Davison  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.3895 0.3535
11 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.4067 0.3707
12 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'06.4223 0.3863
13 12 new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'06.4252 0.3892
14 55 australia  Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'06.5029 0.4669
15 6 australia  Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'06.5961 0.5601
16 15 australia  Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'06.6496 0.6136
17 56 australia  Jason Bright  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'06.6882 0.6522
18 22 australia  James Courtney  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.7988 0.7628
19 99 australia  Dale Wood  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.8362 0.8002
20 21 australia  Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore VF 1'06.8639 0.8279
21 7 australia  Todd Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'07.0128 0.9768
22 23 australia  Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 1'07.0306 0.9946
23 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 1'07.0362 1.0002
24 62 australia  Alex Rullo  Holden Commodore VF 1'07.1376 1.1016
25 33 australia  Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VF 1'07.1395 1.1035
26 3 australia  Cameron McConville  Holden Commodore VF 1'07.1484 1.1124
27 28 australia  Jack Le Brocq  Nissan Altima 1'07.2349 1.1989
28 4 australia  Macauley Jones  Holden Commodore VF 1'07.2685 1.2325
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