Bathurst 1000: McLaughlin crashes after going fastest

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.

117 Scott McLaughlin
Tim Slade
22 Bryce Fullwood
Kurt Kostecki
2’04.484 0.113 0.113
35 Lee Holdsworth
Michael Caruso
2’04.529 0.158 0.045
46 Cameron Waters
Will Davison
2’04.543 0.172 0.013
588 Jamie Whincup
Craig Lowndes
2’04.628 0.256 0.084
697 Shane van Gisbergen
Garth Tander
2’04.679 0.307 0.051
725 Chaz Mostert
Warren Luff
2’04.758 0.386 0.079
819 Alex Davison
Jonathon Webb
2’04.807 0.435 0.049
944 James Courtney
Broc Feeney
2’04.854 0.482 0.046
1020 Scott Pye
Dean Fiore
2’04.930 0.559 0.076
118 Nick Percat
Thomas Randle
2’04.943 0.572 0.012
1255 Jack Le Brocq
James Moffat
2’05.159 0.787 0.215
1399 Anton De Pasquale
Brodie Kostecki
2’05.231 0.859 0.072
147 Andre Heimgartner
Dylan O’Keeffe
2’05.291 0.919 0.060
1514 Todd Hazelwood
Jordan Boys
2’05.432 1.060 0.141
1612 Fabian Coulthard
Tony D’Alberto
2’05.487 1.116 0.055
1715 Rick Kelly
Dale Wood
2’05.561 1.190 0.074
1834 Jake Kostecki
Zane Goddard
2’05.597 1.225 0.035
1918 Mark Winterbottom
James Golding
2’05.819 1.447 0.221
209 David Reynolds
Will Brown
2’05.870 1.498 0.051
213 Macauley Jones
Tim Blanchard
2’06.317 1.945 0.447
2235 Garry Jacobson
David Russell
2’06.591 2.220 0.274
234 Jack Smith
Jack Perkins
2’06.763 2.392 0.172
2422 Chris Pither
Steven Owen
2’06.806 2.434 0.042
2540Tyler Everingham
Jayden Ojeda
2’06.909 2.537 0.103
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