Red Bull HRT sets pace at The Bend

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen beat team-mate Jamie Whincup by half a second as they finished first and second in practice on the opening day of the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend.

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team duo and Practice 1 fast man Tim Slade were the only three drivers to drop under 1:50s bracket during their green tyre runs in the second 45-minute session of the day.

Van Gisbergen spent almost the entirety of Practice 2 in the lead having reeled out a 1:50.1652s on his first flyer.

That time stood up as the benchmark until the #14 Freightliner ZB Commodore took on new tyres and Slade clocked a 1:49.7093s.

Van Gisbergen was on his hot lap at the same time, however, and went nearly a second faster again with a 1:48.7499 in the #97 ZB Commodore.

Whincup then split them with a 1:49.3231s, 0.5732s slower than his team-mate.

Chaz Mostert was another half-second off Slade’s pace as he ended up the fastest Ford driver for the second session in a row in the #55 Supercheap Auto FGX Falcon.

“There’s still a fair bit left and obviously there is; there is no way we’re genuinely a second faster,” said van Gisbergen.

“The track’s tough, there’s probably people making mistakes. There’s probably half a second in driving and a fair bit left in car.

“We’ll see the evolution of that over the weekend.”

Nick Percat (#8 Mobil ZB Commodore) finished fifth but was the only driver in the top 15 to not improve in his final run.

Three Nissans followed in the form of Rick Kelly (#15 Castrol Altima), Simona de Silvestro (#78 Harvey Norman Altima), and Andre Heimgartner (#7 Plus Fitness Altima).

Mark Winterbottom (#5 The Bottle-O FGX Falcon) and Scott Pye (#2 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) rounded out the top 10.

Scott McLaughlin (#17 Shell V-Power FGX Falcon) ended up only 12th after sliding off the dirt exiting Turn 13 during his green tyre run.

Craig Lowndes was seen sliding or running off-road several times in the #888 Autobarn ZB Commodore on his way to 27th, nearly 3.7s off the pace.

There will be a third 45-minute practice session for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship field tomorrow at 1035 local time/1105 AEST.

Results: Supercars Practice 2

1  97  Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.7499RS
2   1  Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.3231rS 00.5732
3  14  Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.7093rS 00.9594
4  55  Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:50.2403 S 01.4904
5   8  X-Convenience – Mobil Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:50.3341 S 01.5842
6  15  Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:50.4181 S 01.6682
7  78  Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:50.4997 S 01.7498
8   7  Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1:50.5492 S 01.7993
9   5  The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:50.5599 S 01.8100
10   2  Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:50.5884 S 01.8385
11  21  Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore ZB 1:50.7163 S 01.9664
12  17  Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 1:50.8917 S 02.1418
13 230  Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Falcon FG/X 1:50.9424 S 02.1925
14  18  Preston Hire Racing L.Holdsworth/J.Bright Holden Commodore ZB 1:50.9834 S 02.2335
15   9  Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1:51.0158 S 02.2659
16  23  Drive Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:51.0391 S 02.2892
17  56 Racing Richie Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 1:51.0515 S 02.3016
18   4  DrillPro Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:51.0994 S 02.3495
19  35  Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 1:51.1867 S 02.4368
20  25  Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1:51.1909 S 02.4410
21   6  Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:51.2037 S 02.4538
22  99  Erebus Motorsport Anton de Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1:51.2070 S 02.4571
23  19  Tekno Autosport Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:51.8586 S 03.1087
24  33  Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore ZB 1:51.9310 S 03.1811
25  12  Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:52.0252 S 03.2753
26  42  Arcoplate Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 1:52.2995 S 03.5496
27 888  Autobarn Lowndes Racing Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore ZB 1:52.4465 S 03.6966
28  34  Wilson Security Racing GRM James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1:54.1096 S 05.3597

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