MCLAUGHLIN ON TOP IN NTBen Nightingale
DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN – FRIDAY, JUNE 15 – PRACTICE
Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 15th (Fastest Lap: 1m07.1432s)
Practice 2 – 8th (Fastest Lap: 1m06.5895s)
Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m06.8095s)
Practice 2 – FIRST (Fastest Lap: 1m06.1587s)
RECAP: It was hot and humid day in Darwin, with on-track action beginning at Hidden Valley Raceway. Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard rolled out for opening practice and were on the pace early, however as times improved across the field through the session, McLaughlin and Coulthard moved their focus to race runs and long run pace on older tyres.
Practice 2 saw temperatures increase to 32 degrees Celsius, with the session seeing most runners use green tyres to do qualifying simulations. Both Shell V-Power Fords were fast, with McLaughlin setting the fastest lap of the day to take first place. An issue was later found in the rear end of Coulthard’s car, however he still ran a solid time to finish the day eighth. Practice 3 will come up tomorrow morning at 10:50am local time.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “Today was OK, and I’m not unhappy with how things went. The boys found something wrong in the rear of the car during Practice 2 when making other changes. We’ll fix it and that should make it better for tomorrow.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “We worked through a good plan all day, and to end up on top is nice. I think the car was pretty strong from the outset, and we just tuned it up as we went along, not having to make any major changes or anything like that. It was pretty smooth running.”