Symmons Plains Supercars: Van Gisbergen ends Friday on top

Shane van Gisbergen topped the second Friday practice with a new unofficial lap record, as times continued to tumble in Tasmania.

Symmons Plains Supercars: Van Gisbergen ends Friday on top

The Kiwi went for a green tyre run right at the end of the session, the first of a two-lap burst sifting him into second spot with a 50.9552s before he went quickest with a 50.800s, which eclipses the practice lap record teammate Jamie Whincup set earlier today.

“We put a good set [of tyres] on at the end,” said van Gisbergen.

“We weren’t fully happy [with the car], but we’ve got tomorrow to sort that. We progressed a lot, learned a lot about these tyres, and I feel pretty good.”

Fabian Coulthard ended up second with a green tyre run of his own at the end. He set PB best sectors across the board on his final lap, but fell 0.08s short of toppling van Gisbergen.

“I’m pretty happy,” said Coulthard. “We rolled the car out pretty good. Our cars were terrible here last year, so to be competing where we are at the moment, at this point of the weekend, we’re heading in the right direction.”

Coulthard’s DJR Team Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin was quickest with a few minutes to go, opting to jump out of the car after setting a 50.955s. The time didn’t stand up to those late laps from van Gisbergen and Coulthard, but it was good enough to leave him third.

Jamie Whincup was fourth, not quite matching his time from Practice 1, with Will Davison fifth in the Tekno Commodore.

Nick Percat and Lee Holdsworth, both in rebuilt chassis after their massive crash at Albert Park, were sixth and seventh, ahead of Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes, and Cam Waters.

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore VF 50.8008  
2 12 new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG-X 50.8862 0.0854
3 17 new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG-X 50.9552 0.1544
4 88 australia  Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VF 51.0428 0.2420
5 19 australia  Will Davison  Holden Commodore VF 51.0636 0.2628
6 8 australia  Nick Percat  Holden Commodore VF 51.0752 0.2744
7 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth  Holden Commodore VF 51.0926 0.2918
8 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG-X 51.1006 0.2998
9 888 australia  Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore VF 51.1194 0.3186
10 6 australia  Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG-X 51.1260 0.3252
11 22 australia  James Courtney  Holden Commodore VF 51.1302 0.3294
12 14 australia  Tim Slade  Holden Commodore VF 51.1322 0.3314
13 33 australia  Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VF 51.1581 0.3573
14 9 australia  David Reynolds  Holden Commodore VF 51.3017 0.5009
15 34 australia  James Moffat  Holden Commodore VF 51.3151 0.5143
16 2 australia  Scott Pye  Holden Commodore VF 51.3220 0.5212
17 7 australia  Todd Kelly  Nissan Altima 51.3370 0.5362
18 23 australia  Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 51.3645 0.5637
19 55 australia  Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG-X 51.3988 0.5980
20 15 australia  Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 51.4272 0.6264
21 56 australia  Jason Bright  Ford Falcon FG-X 51.4779 0.6771
22 99 australia  Dale Wood  Holden Commodore VF 51.5040 0.7032
23 21 australia  Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore VF 51.5794 0.7786
24 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 51.7551 0.9543
25 62 australia  Alex Rullo  Holden Commodore VF 51.8482 1.0474
26 3 australia  Taz Douglas  Holden Commodore VF 51.8884 1.0876

 

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