RECORD BREAKING PACE IN NZBen Nightingale
AUCKLAND SUPERSPRINT – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – PRACTICE
Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m02.8005s)
Practice 2 – 9th (Fastest Lap: 1m02.0374s – Under Old Record)
Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m02.5189s)
Practice 2 – 7th (Fastest Lap: 1m01.9290s – Under Old Record)
RECAP: The opening day of the 2019 Auckland SuperSprint ran in changeable conditions. The opening session started wet, dried early returned to wet across the 30-minute duration.
Scott McLaughlin ran a fast time on a drying track to sit p1 in the first half of the session, before a red flag was flown as Holden runner Richie Stanaway hit the wall at the high-speed Turn 11. Fabian Coulthard had not set a time at that stage.
Post red-flag the track continued to dry, with McLaughlin improving his earlier time to a 1m02.5189. He was bettered only by Will Davison who went just under one-tenth faster. Coulthard also rolled out to run his fastest time of the session, three-tenths back.
Practice 2 ran in dry conditions, with the track appearing to be fast. An issue with Car 17 meant that it was unable to join the session early, with an electrical sensor issue preventing the engine from turning over. The team pulled it back into the garage to rectify the issue and were able to get the car back out with 16-minutes left in the session.
Both cars continued to improve their times across the session, with balance for both cars still being tuned. With the new-for-2019 surface, the circuit is very fast as demonstrated by every car in the Top 10 being under the existing Supercars lap record.
The next on-track session is Practice 3 at 11:20am local time.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “Practice 1 was a bit of a non-event, I only really got one dry lap at the end there, so with limited tyres here it’s difficult to waste a set in changeable conditions. Practice 2 wasn’t bad, the car is there or thereabouts. We can fine tune me up a little bit, and make the car a little bit nicer but I think we’re pretty close.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “It’s been a bit of a challenging day, the car has been quite snappy and then we lost some time in the second session when the engine didn’t start. The boys did a great job, got it fixed and we got back out there to do some laps so well done to them. Those two laps I did in that session I was holding on, as I didn’t really know what the car was going to be doing. Plenty to build on for the weekend, but the track is fast so it’s going to be good.”