SVG blitzes second practice at Barbagallo

Tom Howard

Friday 5th May, 2017 - 5:40pm

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Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen posted the fastest ever Supercar lap at Barbagallo Raceway to top the second practice session at the Perth Super Sprint.

The reigning Supercars champion saved this best for the final moments to jump from 23rd position the top with a blistering 54.77s effort.

Van Gisbergen’s time eclipsed the DJR Team Penske Falcon of championship leader Fabian Coulthard, who was the first to post a lap in the 54s bracket.

In the end, the New Zealanders were split by just 0.01s when the chequered flag flew after 45 minutes of running.

“Shippy (engineer Grant McPherson) should be called a gypsy,” said van Gisbergen.

“He gives me no tyres all day but we put some good ones on and we were flying.

“The car felt terrible but we were chipping away, bolted a new set on and found two seconds suddenly.”

Red Bull HRT’s Jamie Whincup came through in third having topped in the times late in the session.

Prodrive’s Mark Winterbottom saved his best for the final run to end up fourth in the #5 Falcon ahead of team-mate and Phillip Island Race 6 winner Chaz Mostert.

Craig Lowndes enjoyed a spell at the top of the times shortly after suffering a spin at Kolb corner.

Cameron Waters (Prodrive), Will Davison (Tekno Autosports), Todd Kelly (Nissan Motorsport) and Nick Percat (Brad Jones Racing) rounded out the top 10.

Opening practice pacesetter Garth Tander could only manage 19th, while DJR Team Penske Scott Mclaughlin was just outside the top 10 in 12th spot.

The session was brought to a halt at the halfway point when the Perth native Alex Rullo became stranded in the gravel trap at the final corner.

The 16-year-old locked up the brakes forcing the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport driver deep into the corner.

Rullo was involved in a closely fought skirmish with Whincup prior to the incident.

The Perth schoolboy ended the session in 24th ahead of Dale Wood and debutant Matthew Brabham in the #3 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport entry.

Supercars will contest a final 45 minute practice session on Saturday ahead of qualifying and Race 7 (120km).

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Perth Super Sprint Practice 2

1 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 0:54.7762RSS
2 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 0:54.7906rSS 00.0144
3 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 0:55.0457 SS 00.2695
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 0:55.0921 SS 00.3159
5 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 0:55.1330 SS 00.3568
6 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 0:55.2728 SS 00.4966
7 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 0:55.2952 SS 00.5190
8 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 0:55.2969 SS 00.5207
9 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 0:55.3588 SS 00.5826
10 BIANTE 1:1 Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 0:55.4570 SS 00.6808
11 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 0:55.4594 SS 00.6832
12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 0:55.4697 SS 00.6935
13 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 0:55.4764 SS 00.7002
14 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 0:55.5437 SS 00.7675
15 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 0:55.6524 SS 00.8762
16 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 0:55.7012 SS 00.9250
17 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 0:55.7573 SS 00.9811
18 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 0:55.8056 SS 01.0294
19 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 0:55.8181 SS 01.0419
20 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 0:55.9857 SS 01.2095
21 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 0:55.9857 SS 01.2095
22 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 0:56.1218 SS 01.3456
23 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 0:56.2181 SS 01.4419
24 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 0:56.4797 SS 01.7035
25 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 0:56.5990 SS 01.8228
26 Repair Management Aust Racing Matthew Brabham Holden Commodore VF 0:58.0622 SS 03.2860