"The car felt good on both compounds which is important with this format. It was good, I've always liked this track, simple on paper but technical when you get out there - it's pretty cool," McLaughlin said.
"My biggest problem is the bumps as well. When you tip it into one there's a big bump and it can help you but it can hinder you as well. You have to make sure you get through there quickest and it worked well then."
The Prodrive Racing Australia Falcons held the top spots for a time, but the highest placed FG X was Chaz Mostert, with DJR Team Penske's Scott Pye close behind in fifth.
Todd Kelly and his Nissan Altima were sixth, and with Lee Holdsworth the first of the Holdens home, he ensured all five manufacturers were represented in the top 10.