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Van Gisbergen dominates second practice

Tom Howard

Friday 4th December, 2015 - 12:58pm

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Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen maintained his blistering form in practice for the Coates Hire Sydney 500 as he dominated the second session at the challenging street circuit.

The Tekno Autosports driver sat at the top of the timesheets for the majority of the 30 minute hit-out finishing with an impressive 1:27.8s effort on his final lap.

Van Gisbergen, who topped opening practice, was the only driver to post a time in the 1:27s bracket with his nearest rival Jason Bright a full 0.7s adrift of the Kiwi.

Bright slotted into second spot as the chequered flag flew with Prodrive’s David Reynolds in third.

“We’ve obviously got a bit of a tyre advantage,” said Van Gisbergen of his pre-marked rubber.

“But the car’s fantastic. We’re on good tyres testing what we’re going to have for the race.

“It’s pretty promising, I like this place. You’ve got to be so committed on the limit and the car suits the track.”

A late surge saw Lee Holdsworth emerge in fourth spot in his Walkinshaw Holden, which was just fractionally ahead of the factory HRT entry of James Courtney, who topped the times earlier in the session.

Fabian Coulthard, James Moffat, Scott Pye, Michael Caruso and Todd Kelly filled positions sixth through to 10th.

Championship leader Mark Winterbottom, who suffered a crash in Practice 1, could only manage a time good enough for P19, while title rival Craig Lowndes was just outside the top 10 in P11.

Meanwhile, Jamie Whincup was lucky to avoid damage when he clattered into the tyre barrier at the Turn 2-3 chicane. The six-time champion ended the session in 13th spot.

Tim Blanchard joined the session late as his LDM crew were forced to frantically repair his car following a collision with the wall in first practice.

Result: V8 Supercars Coates Hire Sydney 500 Practice 2

1 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:27.8837
2 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:28.5932 0:00.709
3 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.7270 0:00.843
4 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:28.7612 0:00.877
5 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:28.8042 0:00.920
6 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:28.8110 0:00.927
7 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:28.8914 0:01.007
8 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.9543 0:01.070
9 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:29.0013 0:01.117
10 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:29.0975 0:01.213
11 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:29.1247 0:01.241
12 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:29.1609 0:01.277
13 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:29.1766 0:01.292
14 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:29.2264 0:01.342
15 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:29.3591 0:01.475
16 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:29.3881 0:01.504
17 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:29.4186 0:01.534
18 Repair Management Aust Racing Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:29.4942 0:01.610
19 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.5344 0:01.650
20 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:29.5625 0:01.678
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:29.9638 0:02.080
22 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.9691 0:02.085
23 Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.1430 0:02.259
24 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:30.7143 0:02.830
25 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:30.9328 0:03.049

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