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Van Gisbergen sets early pace in Townsville

Friday 4th July, 2014 - 10:55am

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Shane van Gisbergen set the fastest time in Practice 1

Shane van Gisbergen set the fastest time in Practice 1

Tekno Autosports Holden driver Shane van Gisbergen has set the pace in opening practice for the Castrol Townsville 500.

Just a week after settling an 18 month legal dispute over his move to Tekno, the Kiwi made the most of what he later described as a “good set” of pre-marked tyres to clock a best time of 1:14.06s.

“We still need to do some work on the car,” said Van Gisbergen post-session.

“It’s not perfect but to be on top is definitely a good start.

“We had a fast car here last year so we know what a good car feels like.

“If we can get the same I’m sure we can go even quicker.”

Van Gisbergen ended up with the four best times of the 20 minutes, with his quickest a full 0.33s clear of second-placed Garth Tander.

James Courtney and Tim Slade added to Walkinshaw Racing’s strong start to the weekend in third and fourth respectively, while the Melbourne-based squad’s fourth car was sixth in the hands of Nick Percat.

Todd Kelly’s Nissan was best of the non-Holdens in fifth, with seventh through 10th was filled by Scott McLaughlin, Mark Winterbottom, David Reynolds and Jason Bright.

Red Bull duo Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup made a quiet start to their weekends in 11th and 16th respectively.

Fellow title contender Fabian Coulthard was just 23rd; 1.24s away from Van Gisbergen’s pace.

The session ran green for its duration, with a spin at the final corner for Lee Holdsworth the only notable incident.

The day’s second 20 minute practice hit-out will get underway at 1140 local time.

See below for full practice 1 results

1

Team Tekno VIP Petfoods

 Shane Van Gisbergen

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.0553

2

Holden Racing Team

 Garth Tander

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.3860

0:00.3307

3

Holden Racing Team

 James Courtney

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.4486

0:00.3933

4

Supercheap Auto Racing

 Tim Slade

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.5162

0:00.4609

5

Jack Daniel’s Racing

 Todd Kelly

 Nissan Altima

1:14.5343

0:00.4790

6

Walkinshaw Racing

 Nick Percat

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.6055

0:00.5502

7

Valvoline Racing GRM

 Scott McLaughlin

 Volvo S60

1:14.6114

0:00.5561

8

Ford Pepsi Max Crew

 Mark Winterbottom

 Ford Falcon FG

1:14.6565

0:00.6012

9

The Bottle-O Racing Team

 David Reynolds

 Ford Falcon FG

1:14.6600

0:00.6047

10

Team BOC

 Jason Bright

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.6721

0:00.6168

11

Red Bull Racing Australia

 Craig Lowndes

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.6837

0:00.6284

12

Erebus Motorsport V8

 Lee Holdsworth

 Mercedes E63 AMG

1:14.6983

0:00.6430

13

Erebus Motorsport V8

 Will Davison

 Mercedes E63 AMG

1:14.7023

0:00.6470

14

Repair Management Aust Racing

 Russell Ingall

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.7031

0:00.6478

15

Wilson Security Racing

 Scott Pye

 Ford Falcon FG

1:14.7503

0:00.6950

16

Red Bull Racing Australia

 Jamie Whincup

 Holden Commodore VF

1:14.7620

0:00.7067

17

Norton Hornets

 Michael Caruso

 Nissan Altima

1:14.8512

0:00.7959

18

Wilson Security Racing

 David Wall

 Ford Falcon FG

1:14.9927

0:00.9374

19

Ford Pepsi Max Crew

 Chaz Mostert

 Ford Falcon FG

1:15.1071

0:01.0518

20

Norton Hornets

 James Moffat

 Nissan Altima

1:15.2018

0:01.1465

21

Valvoline Racing GRM

 Robert Dahlgren

 Volvo S60

1:15.2364

0:01.1811

22

Jack Daniel’s Racing

 Rick Kelly

 Nissan Altima

1:15.2589

0:01.2036

23

Lockwood Racing

 Fabian Coulthard

 Holden Commodore VF

1:15.2903

0:01.2350

24

Team JELD-WEN

 Jack Perkins

 Ford Falcon FG

1:15.5032

0:01.4479

25

Team Advam/GB

 Dale Wood

 Holden Commodore VF

1:15.6351

0:01.5798

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