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Van Gisbergen completes practice sweep

Tom Howard

Friday 4th December, 2015 - 2:38pm

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Shane van Gisbergen set the pace throughout the day

Shane van Gisbergen set the pace throughout the day

Shane van Gisbergen completed a clean sweep of Friday practice after topping the third hit-out at Sydney Olympic Park.

The New Zealander once again showed his class at the challenging street circuit as he fired in a 1:27.76s effort late in the 30 minute session.

Having dominated the first two practice outings, his rivals managed to close the gap with Brad Jones Racing’s Jason Bright just 0.08s adrift of the Tekno Autosports driver.

Jamie Whincup surged to the top of the timesheets as the session entered the final minutes but Van Gisbergen and Bright’s late efforts saw the six-time champion demoted to third.

Despite a late brush with the tyre wall, David Reynolds posted the fourth fastest time ahead of Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin, who enjoyed a spell at the top of the times.

James Courtney emerged as the top Walkinshaw runner in sixth ahead of Nissan’s Michael Caruso, who was one of a group drivers to head the times during the session.

Title contender Craig Lowndes finished the hit-out in eighth, while Scott Pye and Erebus Motorsport’s Will Davison rounded out the top 10.

Championship leader Mark Winterbottom ended Practice 3 in P11 although the Prodrive driver elected not to use a green set of tyres.

The session was littered with several incidents with the most serious involving Chris Pither.

The Super Black Racing driver clattered into the tyre wall at the chicane which brought out the red flags with 22 minutes remaining.

James Moffat also collected the tyre wall at the chicane once the session resumed causing significant damage to his Nissan Altima.

Both Pither and Moffat were forced to spend the remaining minutes in the garage.

Result: V8 Supercars Coates Hire Sydney 500 Practice 3

1 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:27.7652
2 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:27.8533 00.0881
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:27.8963 00.1311
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:27.9035 00.1383
5 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:27.9102 00.1450
6 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:28.0485 00.2833
7 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:28.0569 00.2917
8 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:28.2495 00.4843
9 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.2612 00.4960
10 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:28.3075 00.5423
11 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.3743 00.6091
12 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:28.3886 00.6234
13 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:28.4387 00.6735
14 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:28.5948 00.8296
15 Repair Management Aust Racing Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:28.6186 00.8534
16 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:28.7556 00.9904
17 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:28.8186 01.0534
18 Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.8588 01.0936
19 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:28.9116 01.1464
20 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:28.9218 01.1566
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:29.0583 01.2931
22 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:29.2733 01.5081
23 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.8998 02.1346
24 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:29.9693 02.2041
25 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:30.2094 02.4442

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