SVG quickest, Holdsworth crashes in Practice 4

Holdsworth inspects the damage after his crash

Holdsworth inspects the damage after his crash

Shane van Gisbergen made the best of a late scramble to finish almost half a second clear of the field in final practice at the NRMA Sydney 500.

The first red flag of the weekend, brought out due to a crash for Lee Holdsworth, saw the session stopped with four minutes remaining.

Van Gisbergen had been atop the order at the time of the incident, before being temporarily displaced by Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin and Scott Pye in quick succession after the restart.

The Tekno Autosports Holden was however one of several cars to get two laps in on his green tyres, with the Kiwi’s second effort of 1:27.63s a full 0.42s clear of the field.

Van Gisbergen won last year’s Sunday race in Sydney and has strong form across the street circuits this year, but was typically downplaying his pace ahead of qualifying.

“I don’t think everyone got the best run with the red flag,” he said.

“We crossed the line with a second to go for that last lap. We’ll see what happens when everyone gets a good go at it in qualifying.”

Pye, David Reynolds, McLaughlin and Whincup completed the top five.

The Friday pace-setting Walkinshaw Holdens slipped down to sixth (Tim Slade), seventh (James Courtney) and 10th (Garth Tander) in Practice 4.

Erebus Motorsport meanwhile has a heavily damaged Mercedes to repair before qualifying.

Holdsworth made heavy right-front contact with the concrete at Turn 5 after suffering a mechanical failure while on a warm-up lap.

Marcos Ambrose’s challenging V8 Supercars return meanwhile continued, with the Xbox Ford ending the session at the bottom of the order.

The two-time champion’s best lap proved 0.2s than he had managed on Friday, but was still 1.7s away from Van Gisbergen’s hot pace.

The first of two back-to-back qualifying sessions for Races 36 and 37 will get underway at 1115 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Practice 4, Sydney

1
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:27.63
2
Wilson Security Racing
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.05
00:00.42
3
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.11
00:00.47
4
Valvoline Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:28.18
00:00.55
5
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.19
00:00.56
6
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.19
00:00.56
7
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.22
00:00.59
8
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.26
00:00.63
9
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.32
00:00.69
10
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.36
00:00.73
11
Walkinshaw Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.39
00:00.76
12
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.45
00:00.82
13
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.47
00:00.84
14
Norton Hornets
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:28.68
00:01.05
15
Jack Daniel's Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:28.75
00:01.12
16
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:28.77
00:01.14
17
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:28.88
00:01.25
18
Jack Daniel's Racing
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:28.88
00:01.25
19
Erebus Motorsport V8
Lee Holdsworth
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:28.94
00:01.31
20
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.94
00:01.31
21
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:29.07
00:01.44
22
Repair Management Aust Racing
Russell Ingall
Holden Commodore VF
01:29.10
00:01.47
23
Wilson Security Racing
David Wall
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.12
00:01.48
24
Valvoline Racing GRM
Robert Dahlgren
Volvo S60
01:29.12
00:01.49
25
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.36
00:01.73
26
XBOX Racing DJR
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.40
00:01.77

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