Scott McLaughlin back on track in practice, Jamie Whincup runs off it


The DJR Team Penske star was driving a new Mustang after his high-speed crash on the streets of Surfers Paradise last month.

Despite that crash, McLaughlin comes into this weekend’s event knowing he can wrap up back-to-back championships if results go his way.

His nearest rival, Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Shane Van Gisbergen has to make up 163 points over McLaughlin this weekend to keep the championship alive.

Van Gisbergen began his weekend with the sixth-fastest time of the session, which came in tricky changeable conditions as showers crossed over the track.

Seven-time champion Jamie Whincup was a victim of the conditions, slipping off the wet track and bogging his Holden in a sand-trap midway through the session, forcing a red flag.

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Whincup was topping the timesheets before the incident but lost his fastest time for causing the red flag and ended the session ninth-fastest.

Ford’s Chaz Mostert, who also wrote off his car at last month’s Gold Coast event, posted the fourth-fastest lap of the session but ended it stuck in a sand-trap after he and Scott Pye both drifted off the track.

Earlier, in the first of two co-driver only practice runs, Van Gisbergen’s partner Garth Tander went fastest ahead of Nissan pair Bryce Fullwood and Dale Wood.

Friday’s action wraps up with another co-driver session before two short 60km races on Saturday and the main event, a 500km endurance race, on Sunday.



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