Whincup scrubbed, van Giz fastest at Yas

SP Tools Falcon driver Shane van Gisbergen on his way to the fastest lap on the opening day of practice at the Yas Marina Circuit

SP Tools Falcon driver Shane van Gisbergen on his way to the fastest lap on the opening day of practice at the Yas Marina Circuit

Jamie Whincup was the fastest man at the end of opening V8 Supercars practice at the Yas Marina Circuit – but his time was scrubbed post-session after he was found to have short-cut a corner on his flying lap.

The #1 TeamVodafone Commodore, shod with brand-new tyres for his final lap dash, topped the times until his lap was deemed illegal. His fastest legal time placed him in 10th.

SP Tools Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen thus finished on top in the first day of V8 Supercar racing for 2010, edging out Whincup’s team-mate Craig Lowndes and Orrcon Steel driver Mark Winterbottom.

Van Gisbergen also had his fastest lap taken off him for short cutting the course, but his second fastest lap was good enough to remain at the top of the pile. It made it a great start to the season for Stone Brothers Racing’s van Gisbergen, with his Irwin Racing team-mate Alex Davison finishing the session fourth.

“We had a great session,” he said.

“We tried to get the car tuned up, and we were pretty good when we put the second set of tyres on. The track temperature cooled off when the sun went down and everyone went faster.

“The surface is smooth, it’s nice and open it’s quite good on the tyres. The track is just amazing – awesome.

“At the end, it cooled down quickly. In the second last run, the sun was in my eyes and on the last lap, the lights were on. It’s amazing. I’ve never seen that anywhere else. Tomorrow night is going to be awesome.”

Quirky statistic of the final session; Seven of the top nine drivers in the session are or formally were Stone Brothers Racing drivers … Only Lowndes and Jason Bargwanna have not driven for the three-time champion team.

Second fastest driver Lowndes said that the tomorrow’s qualifying will present new challenges to the V8 field.

“When the temperature dropped, so did the lap times,” he said.

“No doubt tomorrow, qualifying is midday, the cars are going to be different, the track will be different and we’ll need to get our heads around it. The more laps we do around the circuit, it’s going to improve our knowledge and our speed.”

The only red flag in the session came when the engine on Tim Slade’s Wilson Security Racing Falcon FG blew.

Practice 3

1 Jamie Whincup Holden 1:59.5130R
2 Craig Lowndes Holden 1:59.6230r
3 James Courtney Ford 1:59.8930r
4 Michael Caruso Holden 1:59.9410r
5 Shane van Gisbergen Ford 1:59.9960r
6 Alex Davison Ford 2:00.2860r
7 Daniel Gaunt Holden 2:00.4990r
8 Paul Dumbrell Ford 2:00.5240r
9 Will Davison Holden 2:00.5520r
10 Steven Johnson Ford 2:00.6200r
11 Jason Bright Holden 2:00.6650r
12 Garth Tander Holden 2:00.7150r
13 Lee Holdsworth Holden 2:00.7600r
14 Jason Richards Holden 2:00.7750r
15 Todd Kelly Holden 2:00.7880r
16 Jason Bargwanna Holden 2:00.8040r
17 Mark Winterbottom Ford 2:00.8170r
18 Andrew Thompson Holden 2:00.8740
19 Jonathon Webb Ford 2:01.0280
20 Tim Slade Holden 2:01.0330
21 Tony D’Alberto Holden 2:01.1460
22 Steven Richards Ford 2:01.3770
23 Fabian Coulthard Holden 2:01.6410
24 Russell Ingall Holden 2:01.7180
25 Dean Fiore Ford 2:01.8690
26 Rick Kelly Holden 2:01.9010
27 Karl Reindler Holden 2:01.9990
28 Paul Morris Holden 2:02.2990
29 Tony Ricciardello Holden 2:03.6420

Practice 4

1 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford 1:58.2230R
2 Craig Lowndes Holden 1:58.3720r
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford 1:58.5260r
4 Alex Davison Ford 1:58.5600r
5 Jason Bright Holden 1:59.1360r
6 Jason Bargwanna Holden 1:59.3350r
7 Steven Richards Ford 1:59.3390r
8 Jonathon Webb Ford 1:59.3970r
9 James Courtney Ford 1:59.7090
10 Jamie Whincup Holden 1:59.7900
11 Michael Caruso Holden 1:59.8880
12 Lee Holdsworth Holden 1:59.9900
13 Garth Tander Holden 1:59.9970
14 Dean Fiore Ford 2:00.0890
15 Will Davison Holden 2:00.1340
16 Russell Ingall Holden 2:00.1360
17 Andrew Thompson Holden 2:00.1640
18 Steven Johnson Ford 2:00.1830
19 Rick Kelly Holden 2:00.1990
20 Tony D’Alberto Holden 2:00.2050
21 Jason Richards Holden 2:00.2410
22 Fabian Coulthard Holden 2:00.5140
23 Todd Kelly Holden 2:00.5320
24 Karl Reindler Holden 2:00.5630
25 Paul Dumbrell Ford 2:00.6600
26 Tim Slade Ford 2:01.3710
27 Paul Morris Holden 2:01.5440
28 Daniel Gaunt Holden 2:02.2120
29 Tony Ricciardello Holden 2:02.9280

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