Van Gisbergen fastest in Practice 2 as Pye hits wall

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen has set the pace in Practice 2 for the Superloop Adelaide 500 as Scott Pye came to grief in a significant way.

Pye caused a red flag when he thumped the outside wall entering Bartels Road with just over seven minutes remaining.

Scott Pye pic: Fox Sports

The Team 18 driver appeared to suffer a right-front component failure when he hit the kerb as he apexed, which caused the #20 DeWalt ZB Commodore to understeer across the race track.

“I’m all good,” said Pye.

“I think maybe we broke a shock or something. I’m not entirely sure.

“I went into the apex and the front-right broke and it turned hard left. I missed that tyre wall and hit the concrete barrier.

“Hopefully the car’s not too bad.”

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup finished first and third at 0.1435s apart, split by Milwaukee Racing’s Will Davison despite the #23 Mustang driver causing the first of two red flags.

Both Shell V-Power Racing Team entries, both Penrite Racing entries, and Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert were among the others to make the top 10 cut-off which determines who earns a bye to Part 2 of Saturday’s qualifying proceedings.

After a kerb hop on what should have been his first timed lap of the session, Whincup laid down a 1:20.2109s in the #88 ZB Commodore which left him almost four tenths clear of the field at the conclusion of the opening runs.

Scott McLaughlin (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) sat second on a 1:20.6089s having also recorded a hop first up, while Nick Percat (#8 X-Convenience ZB Commodore) and Lee Holdsworth (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) were third and fourth.

Davison, who was ninth at the time, disrupted the start of the second runs when he locked the inside-front of his Ford and ended up beached at Turn 11 in the 11th minute of what was to have been a half-hour session.

McLaughlin and then van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) took over top spot on the second runs proper, the latter on a 1:20.0116s, before Whincup reclaimed it with a 1:19.9514s.

David Reynolds (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore) went fastest to the second sector before moving up to fourth at 0.0988s off the pace.

Pye’s red flag came as a number of drivers were moving onto their third proper runs, but the delay in proceedings saw officials extend the session by five minutes on top of the extra 10 minutes that had been exhausted.

That left around nine minutes of green flag running on the clock, and Triple Eight Race Engineering kept Whincup in the lane for the duration.

Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) strengthened his grip on a top 10 place when he moved up to second with around four minutes to go, before van Gisbergen moved up two spots with a 1:19.8079s which would not be beaten.

Davison made his qualifying bye safe when he jumped from ninth position with a 1:19.8974s in the final minute, and Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) similarly climbed four spots to fifth just before the chequered flag.

That meant that Waters finished up fourth, while Reynolds was sixth, then DJR Team Penske duo McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard (#12 Mustang) in seventh and eighth respectively.

Anton De Pasquale (#99 Erebus ZB Commodore) and Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) rounded out the top 10, the latter having bumped Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Mustang) out during the final five minutes.

Heimgartner wound up 11th while Team Sydney’s James Courtney (#19 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) was 17th at 0.9973s off the pace.

Whincup, on the aerodynamic changes, said post-session, “It’s making It harder for the drivers for sure. The cars are moving around a little bit more.

“How close are the times? It’s crazy competitive. There’s no cars half a second up the road anymore; you’ve just got to grind it out.”

Practice 3 is due this evening at 18:00 local time/18:30 AEDT, while Qualifying for Race 1 will commence tomorrow at 11:55 local time/12:25 AEDT.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.8079
2 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:19.8974 0:00.0895
3 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.9514 0:00.1435
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:19.9969 0:00.1890
5 25 Mobil 1 TM Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.0131 0:00.2052
6 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.0456 0:00.2377
7 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1:20.0483 0:00.2404
8 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1:20.0875 0:00.2796
9 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.1240 0:00.3161
10 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.2124 0:00.4045
11 7 NED Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:20.2665 0:00.4586
12 5 Truck Assist Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:20.2921 0:00.4842
13 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Ford Mustang GT 1:20.3189 0:00.5110
14 8 X Convenience Mobil Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.3615 0:00.5536
15 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:20.4455 0:00.6376
16 2 Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.6432 0:00.8353
17 19 Team SYDNEY James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.8052 0:00.9973
18 14 Plus Fitness Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.8321 0:01.0242
19 34 UNIT Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.9394 0:01.1315
20 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:21.0015 0:01.1936
21 35 Yellow Cover Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:21.1202 0:01.3123
22 3 Team Cooldrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:21.1426 0:01.3347
23 4 SCT Motor Sports Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:21.2798 0:01.4719
24 22 Team SYDNEY Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1:21.8375 0:02.0296

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