Scott McLaughlin breaks lap record in practice for Bathurst 1000

David Reynolds’ Bathurst redemption suffered a major hit when 2017 winning team-mate Luke Youlden bashed the Penrite Racing Commodore into a wall at Mount Panorama.

Reynolds is intent on reversing the misfortune of last year when severe cramps ended his hopes of winning back-to-back Supercheap Auto Bathurst titles.

But he had to watch on as Shell V-Power’s Scott McLaughlin smashed his own lap record set in qualifying last year with the fastest lap ever at Mount Panorama in final practice.

Check out the onboard footage of Scott McLaughlin as he sets a new lap record at Bathurst!

Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup, one half of the ‘Dream Team’ with Craig Lowndes, was just .1s behind McLaughlin with Cameron Water’s in the Monster Mustang in third.

Four Mustang’s followed in Will Davison, Chaz Mostert, Lee Holdsworth and Fabian Coulthard.

Shave Van Gisbergen was next from the two Nissans of Anton de Pasquale and Rick Kelly.

Last year Reynolds had the fastest car and was leading the race before he succumbed to cramp with the finish line looming. It forced an unplanned late driver change and handed Lowndes and Steven Richards victory.

Reynolds and Youlden were again on pace before the veteran Youlden, in his 21st Bathurst 1000, hit the fence at the fast sweeping left-hander at Sulman Park.

The car is not expected to return until qualifying tomorrow, meaning three full practice sessions will be lost before Reynolds attempts a shot at Saturday’s ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout.

The veteran escaped injury but did spend considerable time in the medical centre after in-car sensors identified the magnitude of the impact as more than 20G, which led to mandatory concussion tests, which he ultimately passed.

It was one of several incidents in the co-driver session and followed a heavy crash by youngster Macauley Jones in first practice which ripped the roof from his Cooldrive Commodore.

US IndyCar Champions James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi, in their first-ever day practice sessions in a Supercar were commendable in their performance but off the pace, while rookie wildacrds Brodie and Jake Kostecki missed the final practice session of the day after Jake crashed in P2.

Teams will now shift focus to tomorrow’s all important ARMOR ALL qualifying session which will determine who makes the famed Top Ten Shootout on Saturday afternoon.

The first session tomorrow will be a co-drivers practice run at 8:25am local time.

SUPERCARS ON TRACK TIMES THIS WEEKEND (all local time):
 
FRIDAY
  • 8:25am – 9:25am – Practice 4
  • 11:05am – 12:05pm – Practice 5
  • 4:00pm – 4:40pm – Armor All Qualifying
SATURDAY
  • 9:40am – 10:10am – Practice 6
  • 12:10pm – 12:40pm – Practice 7
  • 5:05pm – 5:50pm – Top Ten Shootout
SUNDAY
  • 8:20am – 8:40am – Warm up
  • 11:30am – Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
Every practice, qualifying and race session of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is broadcast live in high definition on Fox Sports within Australia.

On free to air television within Australia, the event will be broadcast LIVE on Network Ten and WIN.

Within New Zealand SKY SPORTS covers the championship live in HD. Outside of Australia and New Zealand you can follow the action with the SuperView live streaming product. For the full TV Schedule for each state, head to supercars.com/tv-schedule.

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