Fresh from testing an IndyCar in America, current Virgin Australia Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin is back behind the wheel of a tin-top this weekend.
“Great to get back on the track,” said McLaughlin, “I had a bit of nervous anticipation about it, but it ended up being a really productive session, where we learned a lot.
“These sessions early in the season are going to be all about learning. I definitely learned a lot as a driver. We’ve got a direction, whether it’s the right one we will see but tomorrow is important as we need to be in the Top 10 for the qualifying sessions on Saturday.”
Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds (1:20.6864) topped opening practice at the Superloop Adelaide 500, ahead of Shane van Gisbergen (1:20.6962).
A red flag was flown with two minutes remaining, after Lee Holdsworth and Garry Jacobson came together at Turn 3. The session was not restarted. McLaughlin finished sixth (1:20.9710) and Coulthard seventh (1:20.9994).
Practice 1 was held in mild, overcast conditions. Practice sessions in 2020 will be a little different to previous years, with green tyres available for teams to run all weekend. This will give a better indication of real pace across the feel. Practice 2 is tomorrow at 2:05pm.
McLaughlin has tested with the Team Penske IndyCar squad with a view to competing in the Indy Grand Prix in May.