IndyCar drivers get schooled at Bathurst

Scott mcLaughlin fastest in Penske Mustang
Scott McLaughlin fastest in Penske Mustang

Mount Panorama threw everything it had at Supercars teams and drivers today, with record breaking track conditions this morning before a storm front rolled through to provide a wet track for qualifying.

The day opened with a co-driver only session in Practice 4, with Alex Premat and Tony D'Alberto on track in the Shell V-Power Mustangs. Both co-drivers did an excellent job, working on race-pace before handing the cars back to Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard for Practice 5.

Both cars were fast in the cold, dry conditions with McLaughlin lowering his lap record even further to a 2m03.4813s to be a half-second clear of the field.

Temperatures plummeted and rain began to fall around the circuit in the hour before qualifying, with the full 40-minute session run in wet conditions.

McLaughlin was again fast in the trying conditions, sitting at the top of the time sheets for the majority of the forty-minutes. Conditions dried out a little late in the session, and timing became key with Coulthard losing out on best track conditions to be pushed out of the Top 10.

McLaughlin took provisional pole, and will start last in tomorrow afternoon's Top 10 Shootout that will decide the final places on the grid.

IndyCar drivers get schooled

Rossi in the #27 Andretti Holden next to last in the wet
Rossi in the #27 Andretti Holden next to last in the wet

Like in every practice session, the IndyCar drivers were at the back and out to lunch. Alexander Rossi qualified the Andretti Holden 4-seconds off the pace.

"It's a bit of a baptism of fire for us here," said Hinchcliffe.

"Alex and I were joking earlier it's kind of like drinking out of a fire hose.

"We have very little car knowledge, zero track knowledge and, obviously, this is one of the most daunting, challenging race tracks in the world.

"But man, it's beautiful. All the hype, it's everything everybody said it was and then some."

Provisional Qualifying Results

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Fastest lap Behind
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 2:27.6476 0.0000s
2 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 2:28.0484 0.4008
3 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 2:29.1880 1.5404
4 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 2:29.2431 1.5955
5 14 Freightliner Alliance Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 2:29.3889 1.7413
6 8 7-Eleven Mobil Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 2:29.4619 1.8143
7 888 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 2:29.6973 2.0497
8 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 2:29.7038 2.0562
9 18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 2:29.8025 2.1549
10 99 Penrite Racing Anton de Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 2:29.8288 2.1812
11 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 2:29.8573 2.2097
12 33 Boost Mobile Racing Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 2:29.9048 2.2572
13 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 2:30.1249 2.4773
14 2 Mobil 1 Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 2:30.1690 2.5214
15 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 2:30.2670 2.6194
16 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 2:30.2983 2.6507
17 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 2:30.5723 2.9247
18 22 Mobil 1 Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 2:30.6557 3.0081
19 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 2:30.7457 3.0981
20 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 2:30.7643 3.1167
21 3 Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 2:30.9051 3.2575
22 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 2:31.1510 3.5034
23 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 2:31.2474 3.5998
24 56 Team Arcoweld Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 2:31.5758 3.9282
25 27 NAPA Auto Parts Racing Alexander Rossi Holden Commodore ZB 2:31.6046 3.9570
26 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 2:33.8786 6.2310

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