Scott McLaughlin of the Shell V-Power Racing team.
Scott McLaughlin of the Shell V-Power Racing team. DARREN ENGLAND

McLaughlin leads way in Supercars practice as Fords dominate

MOTORSPORT: Fords have shown the way at the second practice session for the Sydney SuperSprint, with championship leader Scott McLaughlin topping the pack.

The Shell V-Power Falcon of McLaughlin clocked 1min 28.85sec, ahead of Prodrive trio Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters.

McLaughlin spent much of the 40-minute practice session on a long run before completing two short runs, nailing his best lap with a minute remaining.

"We worked on that (tyre life) at the end of P1 and then at the start of P2 we did a long run," he said.

"It was okay, but until we get into the race tomorrow we don't know. For me the car felt good but degradation wise we've got to work on it.

"It's a bit eye-opening to then go four seconds quicker (on new tyres), it's hard to get your brain around that."

Nissan's Michael Caruso - who topped practice one - was fifth in the second session, ahead of Craig Lowndes and Tim Slade.

Fabian Coulthard, Jamie Whincup and Rick Kelly rounded out the top 10.

Earlier, the first practice session was dominated by the wind.

Top speeds were knocked down by about 15kmh by strong headwinds, much to the drivers' shock when they started the session.

"The wind around here's crazy, particularly on my very first lap," Caruso said.

The Nissan driver headed McLaughlin by almost four-tenths, with Jamie Whincup rounding out the top three in a largely uneventful session.

Practice three is from 11.25am on Saturday, with qualifying from 1.35pm and Race 17 of the Supercars series at 4.25pm.

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