Van Gisbergen fastest on Friday as Davison clouts wall

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen has set the fastest lap in Friday practice for the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 as Will Davison went hard into the wall with an apparent steering failure.

Van Gisbergen (#97 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore) prevailed in a final frenzy of quick laps to finish the 30-minute Practice 3 0.1455s clear of Scott McLaughlin (#17 Shell V-Power FGX Falcon).

Fabian Coulthard (#12 DJR Team Penske FGX Falcon) was third, from Jamie Whincup (#1 Triple Eight ZB Commodore) and Craig Lowndes (#888 Autobarn ZB Commodore).

The damage on the 23Red Falcon pic: Fox Sports

The session was marred by a sizeable shunt for Davison, who clouted the wall at the Front Chicane in the #230 Milwaukee FGX Falcon.

He had just touched the tyre bundle on the way into the chicane but it appeared that the upper steering arm failed when the 23Red Ford landed.

Davison ran headlong into the tyre wall as a result with the impact shifting the concrete wall behind the tyres.

“I lost all steering,” he reported from pit lane later in the session.

“I went into the first chicane and heard a big knock.”

Whincup had been on top at the time of the resulting red flag, which came in the seventh minute, with a 1:10.9197s.

It took around 10 minutes after the resumption for McLaughlin to knock that time off, before they exchanged top spot two more times.

Van Gisbergen threw his hat in the ring by lowering the benchmark to 1:10.3513s with five minutes remaining, only for McLaughlin to knock another tenth off that in the final minute.

Car #17 was therefore fastest when the chequered flag came out, but van Gisbergen found more pace to set a 1:10.0763s.

Coulthard’s best effort came almost as late to bump Whincup to fourth.

Lee Holdsworth in the #18 Preston Hire Racing ZB Commodore was best outside the Triple Eight/DJRTP quintet.

Rounding out the top 10 were Rick Kelly (#15 Castrol Nissan Altima), Chaz Mostert (#55 Supercheap Auto FGX Falcon), David Reynolds (#9 Erebus ZB Commodore), and Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy FGX Falcon).

Waters ended the session with the left-front guard peeling away after he swiped the tyre bundle exiting the Front Chicane at least four times.

Riche Stanaway crabbed back to the pits in the #56 Rabble.Club FGX Falcon having fired into the fence on driver’s right on his way out of the same complex, perhaps have been trapped by water unsettled from the tyre bundles by Davison’s crash.

He was 25th-fastest.

Armor All Qualifying for Race 26 starts tomorrow at 1005 local time/1105 AEDT.

Results: Practice 3

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Fastest lap Split
1 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:10.0763  
2 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.2218 0:00.1455
3 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.4199 0:00.3436
4 1 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:10.4788 0:00.4025
5 888 Autobarn Lowndes Racing Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore ZB 1:10.6396 0:00.5633
6 18 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore ZB 1:10.6936 0:00.6173
7 15 Castrol Racing R.Kelly/G.Jacobson Nissan Altima 1:10.7342 0:00.6579
8 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.7615 0:00.6852
9 9 Erebus Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Holden Commodore ZB 1:10.8028 0:00.7265
10 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.8425 0:00.7662
11 2 Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:10.8887 0:00.8124
12 23 Drive Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:10.9352 0:00.8589
13 25 Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1:10.9537 0:00.8774
14 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1:10.9645 0:00.8882
15 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.9870 0:00.9107
16 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1:11.0493 0:00.9730
17 8 Alliance Truck Parts Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:11.1655 0:01.0892
18 99 Erebus Motorsport A.De Pasquale/W.Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:11.2461 0:01.1698
19 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:11.2939 0:01.2176
20 19 Tekno Autosports Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:11.3945 0:01.3182
21 33 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore ZB 1:11.6117 0:01.5354
22 34 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Golding/R.Muscat Holden Commodore ZB 1:11.6147 0:01.5384
23 21 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore ZB 1:11.6626 0:01.5863
24 230 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.7949 0:01.7186
25 56 Racing Richie Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.9584 0:01.8821
26 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF2 1:12.4162 0:02.3399

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