Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin under lap record in practice

Scott McLaughlin beat his own Mount Panorama Supercars lap record with a rapid 2m03.772s on practice day for the Bathurst 1000

Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin under lap record in practice

The runaway series leader came into the day as the only driver to have lapped the famous circuit under the 2m04s barrier, thanks to his famous qualifying shootout lap, a 2m03.831s, from 2017.

With the frontrunning primary drivers well into the mid-2m04s in Thursday morning's opening practice, qualifying simulations were expected to yield something special in the evening session.

And that's exactly what happened, McLaughlin doing the fastest ever Supercars lap around Mount Panorama with a 2m03.772s - despite only running two green tyres on the right side of his DJR Team Penske Ford.

"You're hanging on over the top now, it's unbelievable the grip of the cars and I think everyone is having a full dip," said McLaughlin.

"The second last corner, I dropped a wheel there. That was a moment and a half because I kept my foot into it. I'm an idiot, I've got to remember it's Thursday!

"There's a little bit here and there, the green side of the car felt alright, so the left-handers were pretty good, but the right-handers it's still a little bit loose.

"We'll tune it up overnight and throw a set of greens on it tomorrow and see, if it doesn't rain."

A total of four drivers have now broken the 2m04s mark thanks to that session, practice one pacesetter Jamie Whincup ending up 0.15s shy of McLaughlin with a 2m03.932s in his Triple Eight Holden.

Tickford Racing pair Cam Waters and Will Davison made it into the 2m03s as well, the former with a 2m03.949s and the latter a 2m03.991s.

The day's biggest incident was a heavy crash for Erebus Motorsport's David Reynolds/Luke Youlden Holden during the dedicated co-drivers' session.

Youlden ran wide at Sulman Park and fired into the wall.

The impact recorded more than 20G, with Youlden requiring a trip to the medical centre for tests but escaping serious injury.

The team is now set for a long night working on the wrecked Commodore, with Friday's qualifying session, scheduled for 4pm, considered a realistic target for getting back on track.

"It's extensive damage but it's nothing we can't fix," said team boss Barry Ryan. "The target now is just to get out for qualifying."

Ryan added that no off-site assistance, such as a chassis rig, will be required during the repair.

"An oxy torch and a hammer and we'll be pretty good," he said. "Cutting tubes, replacing tubes, straightening rails, replacing lots of parts...

"The rear is the same. Roll bars, roll tubes at the rear as well, but it'll be alright.

"I think the worst parts are actually OK, the things that can put you out for the weekend are OK.

"But we're still assessing it. At the moment it looks like it'll be right. Twenty four hours, I reckon."

Ryan was not worried about the lost practice running, predicting the car will still be fast enough to be a frontrunner come qualifying.

"We know the car is fast, it doesn't matter who's driving it," he said.

"As long as Dave gets out and qualifies it on the front row and Luke has two half-hour sessions Saturday, we'll go racing, it's as simple as that."

Practice one times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden 2m04.6744s - 19
2 Lee Holdsworth The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford 2m04.8648s 0.1904s 20
3 Anton De Pasquale Penrite Racing Holden 2m05.0634s 0.3890s 17
4 Chaz Mostert Supercheap Auto Racing Ford 2m05.0945s 0.4201s 19
5 Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden 2m05.1578s 0.4834s 16
6 David Reynolds Penrite Racing Holden 2m05.2012s 0.5268s 15
7 F.Coulthard, T.D'Alberto DJR Penske Ford 2m05.2210s 0.5466s 20
8 S.McLaughlin, A.Premat DJR Penske Ford 2m05.3329s 0.6585s 20
9 Rick Kelly Castrol Racing Nissan 2m05.4112s 0.7368s 16
10 Simona de Silvestro Team Harvey Norman Nissan 2m05.4728s 0.7984s 18
11 A.Heimgartner, B.Fullwood Kelly Nissan 2m05.7383s 1.0639s 18
12 W.Davison, A.Davison 23Red Racing Ford 2m05.8082s 1.1338s 17
13 Cameron Waters Monster Energy Racing Ford 2m05.8094s 1.1350s 20
14 T.Hazelwood, J.Smith Matt Stone Holden 2m05.8689s 1.1945s 18
15 N.Percat, T.Blanchard Brad Jones Holden 2m05.9786s 1.3042s 20
16 Tim Slade Freightliner Racing Holden 2m06.0683s 1.3939s 17
17 J.Golding, R.Muscat GRM Holden 2m06.0912s 1.4168s 21
18 S.Pye, W.Luff Walkinshaw Holden 2m06.2302s 1.5558s 19
19 M.Winterbottom, S.Richards Schwerkolt Holden 2m06.2446s 1.5702s 19
20 G.Jacobson, D.Fiore Kelly Nissan 2m06.3389s 1.6645s 20
21 J.Courtney, J.Perkins Walkinshaw Holden 2m06.7077s 2.0333s 19
22 R.Stanaway, C.Pither GRM Holden 2m06.9316s 2.2572s 23
23 B.Kostecki, J.Kostecki Kostecki Holden 2m07.5973s 2.9229s 16
24 Macauley Jones Team Cooldrive Holden 2m07.6944s 3.0200s 7
25 J.Le Brocq, J.Webb Tekno Holden 2m08.0006s 3.3262s 20
26 A.Rossi, J.Hinchcliffe Walkinshaw Holden 2m09.2497s 4.5753s 23

Practice two times (co-drivers' session)

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 James Moffat Tickford Ford 2m05.6619s - 21
2 Alexandre Premat DJR Penske Ford 2m05.6885s 0.0266s 23
3 Tony D'Alberto DJR Penske Ford 2m05.7148s 0.0529s 18
4 Garth Tander Triple Eight Holden 2m05.7200s 0.0581s 18
5 William Brown Erebus Holden 2m06.1006s 0.4387s 21
6 Bryce Fullwood Kelly Nissan 2m06.1449s 0.4830s 19
7 Michael Caruso Tickford Ford 2m06.1598s 0.4979s 19
8 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden 2m06.1757s 0.5138s 19
9 Dale Wood Kelly Nissan 2m06.1856s 0.5237s 18
10 Alex Davison 23Red Racing Ford 2m06.2674s 0.6055s 20
11 Tom Randle Tickford Ford 2m06.3946s 0.7327s 21
12 Warren Luff Walkinshaw Holden 2m06.4096s 0.7477s 16
13 Jack Perkins Walkinshaw Holden 2m06.4200s 0.7581s 18
14 Steven Richards Schwerkolt Holden 2m06.5185s 0.8566s 18
15 Chris Pither GRM Holden 2m06.7679s 1.1060s 20
16 Dean Fiore Kelly Nissan 2m06.9285s 1.2666s 21
17 Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden 2m07.1383s 1.4764s 20
18 Ashley Walsh Brad Jones Holden 2m07.1386s 1.4767s 16
19 Richard Muscat GRM Holden 2m07.1897s 1.5278s 21
20 Alex Rullo Kelly Nissan 2m07.2008s 1.5389s 19
21 Tim Blanchard Brad Jones Holden 2m07.3173s 1.6554s 18
22 Jake Kostecki Kostecki Holden 2m07.3836s 1.7217s 19
23 Luke Youlden Erebus Holden 2m07.6303s 1.9684s 5
24 James Hinchcliffe Walkinshaw Holden 2m07.7217s 2.0598s 20
25 Jack Smith Matt Stone Holden 2m08.3380s 2.6761s 18

Practice three times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Scott McLaughlin Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford 2m03.7728s - 20
2 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden 2m03.9327s 0.1599s 17
3 Cameron Waters Monster Energy Racing Ford 2m03.9490s 0.1762s 17
4 Will Davison Milwaukee Racing Ford 2m03.9918s 0.2190s 16
5 C.Mostert, J.Moffat Tickford Ford 2m04.0622s 0.2894s 19
6 Lee Holdsworth The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford 2m04.0673s 0.2945s 19
7 Fabian Coulthard Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford 2m04.1348s 0.3620s 18
8 Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden 2m04.1501s 0.3773s 18
9 Anton De Pasquale Penrite Racing Holden 2m04.3315s 0.5587s 16
10 Rick Kelly Castrol Racing Nissan 2m04.4975s 0.7247s 16
11 Tim Slade Freightliner Racing Holden 2m04.5245s 0.7517s 19
12 James Courtney Mobil 1 Racing Holden 2m04.5398s 0.7670s 15
13 Andre Heimgartner Plus Fitness Racing Nissan 2m04.6028s 0.8300s 17
14 Mark Winterbottom IRWIN Racing Holden 2m04.7099s 0.9371s 15
15 James Golding Boost Mobile Racing Holden 2m04.7188s 0.9460s 16
16 Garry Jacobson Kelly Racing Nissan 2m04.7546s 0.9818s 18
17 Nick Percat Brad Jones Racing Holden 2m04.8205s 1.0477s 18
18 Todd Hazelwood Matt Stone Racing Holden 2m05.1352s 1.3624s 15
19 Richie Stanaway Boost Mobile Racing Holden 2m05.2452s 1.4724s 21
20 S.Pye, W.Luff Walkinshaw Holden 2m05.2683s 1.4955s 18
21 S.de Silvestro, A.Rullo Kelly Nissan 2m05.7410s 1.9682s 17
22 M.Jones, D.Canto Blanchard/BJR Holden 2m05.8574s 2.0846s 20
23 Jack Le Brocq Truck Assist Tekno Racing Holden 2m07.1522s 3.3794s 19
24 Alexander Rossi Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden 2m07.2281s 3.4553s 16

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