Shane van Gisbergen has gone fastest in final practice for the Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint, reclaiming top spot from Scott McLaughlin right at the end.
The Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s drivers ended up first and fourth in Practice 2 at Sydney Motorsport Park, separated by the Shell V-Power Racing Team duo.
Van Gisbergen’s best was a 1:28.6503s with the chequered flag out, while McLaughlin (#17 Mustang) went slightly faster than he had done as the Practice 1 fast man in setting a 1:28.9105s in the second half-hour session of the day.
Fabian Coulthard (#12 Mustang) clocked a late 1:29.0095s while Jamie Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) got as quick as a 1:29.1223s.
Van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) had been slowest in Practice 1 when he ran only hard tyres but was on the pace immediately with a 1:29.0089s on softs.
Lee Holdsworth got close once he completed a run in the #5 Truck Assist Mustang, clocking a 1:29.1696s, while McLaughlin was fastest of those starting on the hard tyres with a 1:31.8704s on his first flyer.
When the latter did get a set of softs bolted onto Car #17, he moved to fourth with a 1:29.6166s, one spot behind Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang).
Whincup was a late starter to the session and ran initially on hard tyres before jumping to second on softer rubber, 0.1134s slower than van Gisbergen.
McLaughlin had been shuffled to sixth by the time he set his fastest lap of the session, before team-mate Coulthard came up 10 spots to third.
Van Gisbergen then went fastest in all three sectors around the 3.91km Western Sydney Circuit to put #97 back in first position.
“I think other people and Jamie were doing full quali runs but it feels OK,” said the New Zealander.
“It’s a little bit different track, a lot more sun than last time we were here, so trying to keep up with it.
“My first lap on the soft was two-and-a-half, three seconds quicker so the time difference is a lot more than I thought it was going to be. I think there’s going to be a lot of people running the soft twice to win a race and then screw the rest of the weekend. The time difference between the tyres is massive.
“Hopefully we qualify up front and then we can decide our tyres. Ideally you want to finish on a soft but if you’re on the hard and you’re two seconds a lap slower, even the slowest cars are quicker than you so you’ll get beaten up.”
Holdsworth wound up fifth, from Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), David Reynolds (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore), Waters, Anton De Pasquale (#99 Penrite ZB Commodore), and Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore).
De Pasquale had an off at Moffat Corner (Turn 1) early in the piece on hard tyres but the session ran uninterrupted.
Qualifying and a Top 15 Shootout to set the starting grid for Race 10 of the season take place from 15:10 local time/AEST.
Results: Practice 2
|1||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:28.6503||S|
|2||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:28.9105||S||0:00.2602|
|3||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.0095||S||0:00.3592|
|4||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.1223||S||0:00.4720|
|5||5||Truck Assist Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.1696||S||0:00.5193|
|6||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.1863||S||0:00.5360|
|7||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.1948||S||0:00.5445|
|8||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.1955||S||0:00.5452|
|9||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.2728||S||0:00.6225|
|10||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.4549||S||0:00.8046|
|11||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.5031||S||0:00.8528|
|12||3||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.5342||S||0:00.8839|
|13||14||Brut Military Grade||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.5676||S||0:00.9173|
|14||7||NED Whisky Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.5871||S||0:00.9368|
|15||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.6097||S||0:00.9594|
|16||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.7267||S||0:01.0764|
|17||44||Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.8388||S||0:01.1885|
|18||8||Dunlop Super Dealer Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.8665||S||0:01.2162|
|19||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.9715||S||0:01.3212|
|20||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||1:30.0403||S||0:01.3900|
|21||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:30.3136||S||0:01.6633|
|22||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:30.4279||S||0:01.7776|
|23||34||UNIT Racing||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:30.4334||S||0:01.7831|
|24||19||Local Legends Racing||Alex Davison||Holden Commodore ZB||1:30.6746||S||0:02.0243|