Van Gisbergen takes two poles at wet Sandown
Sunday 21st March, 2021 - 11:18am
Shane van Gisbergen has survived a scare in rainy conditions to qualify on pole for both Race 4 and Race 5 at the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint.
Both 10-minute sessions produced Red Bull Ampol Racing front row lockouts but it could have been different given van Gisbergen’s error in the latter minutes of Qualifying for Race 4.
The Race 3 winner had not long set what would stand as the fastest lap of the session when he lost control at Turn 2 but he managed to avoid a red flag.
As such, Jamie Whincup ended up second on both occasions, and Cameron Waters’ streak of front row starts came to an end with results of fourth and then 10th in the #6 Monster Energy Mustang.
Said van Gisbergen after the two sessions, “It was awesome to drive.
“It was just learning the lines and trying to follow the train tracks but yeah, the car was awesome in both sessions.”
The conditions should also ease the load on his broken left collarbone, with the 2020 Bathurst 1000 winner commenting, “Normally I don’t like the rain but today it’s not a bad thing.”
Qualifying for Race 4
A red flag was called three minutes into the earlier of the back-to-back sessions, with no driver having quite completed a lap, after Jake Kostecki beached his #34 Unit ZB Commodore at Turn 1 due to a hanging throttle.
Light rain became heavier as the 23 remaining steerers were finally able to put a proper lap time on the board, at which time Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) was quickest on a 1:18.5666s.
Van Gisbergen then improved from his initial 1:18.9970s to a 1:18.3270s before he survived a serious scare inside the final three minutes.
The New Zealander lost the rear end of his #97 ZB Commodore through Turn 2 but managed to keep it off the barriers as he skated across the race track.
The next task was to clear the area and therefore save a red flag which would have seen him stripped of his fastest lap, which he managed to do so.
With the rain getting heavier, the usual pattern of more pace coming as tyre temperatures increase did not come to pass.
Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) did move up with the chequered flag out, but only one position to third, behind the Triple Eight Race Engineering duo of van Gisbergen and Whincup.
That put Waters back to fourth, with the rest of the top 10 being Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Mustang), James Courtney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang), Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang), Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang), David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang), and Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore).
The top eight were within a second of pole, while Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) was 1.1169s off the pace in 11th.
Qualifying for Race 5
Qualifying for Race 5 was an uninterrupted stanza which followed a more normal pattern for a wet session.
Heimgartner was quickest through the first flyers with a 1:19.2608s as van Gisbergen straight-lined the esses at the end of the back straight.
Van Gisbergen hit back with a 1:18.6065s next time around, then a 1:18.2490s, a 1:18.0214s, and a 1:18.0065s on the laps which followed.
His final two laps saw no improvement, but no one else could get close, with Whincup’s best a 1:18.3631s.
Davison moved to third, just before the chequered flag, on a 1:18.4101s, just after Reynolds had set a 1:18.5488s which saw him end up fourth.
Rounding out the top 10 were Heimgartner, Winterbottom, Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore), De Pasquale, Mostert, and Waters.
Race 4 is due to start at 13:30 local time/AEDT, with 36 laps the journey.
Results: Qualifying for Race 4, Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint
|1||97||Red Bull Ampol Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:18.3270|
|2||88||Red Bull Ampol Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:18.5666||0:00.2396|
|3||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:18.8071||0:00.4801|
|4||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:18.9939||0:00.6669|
|5||7||NED Whisky Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.1109||0:00.7839|
|6||44||Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.1448||0:00.8178|
|7||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.2648||0:00.9378|
|8||11||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Anton De Pasquale||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.2839||0:00.9569|
|9||26||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.4163||0:01.0893|
|10||8||R&J Batteries||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.4375||0:01.1105|
|11||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.4439||0:01.1169|
|12||3||CoolDrive Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.4529||0:01.1259|
|13||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.7178||0:01.3908|
|14||2||Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.7371||0:01.4101|
|15||14||Cub Cadet Mowers||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.7588||0:01.4318|
|16||5||Truck Assist Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.7871||0:01.4601|
|17||9||Erebus Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.0046||0:01.6776|
|18||4||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.0293||0:01.7023|
|19||19||Local Legends||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.1339||0:01.8069|
|20||22||Team SYDNEY||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.4812||0:02.1542|
|21||96||Coca-Cola Racing||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.6302||0:02.3032|
|22||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.8418||0:02.5148|
|23||99||Erebus Boost Mobile Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.8419||0:02.5149|
|24||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB|
Results: Qualifying for Race 5, Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint
|1||97||Red Bull Ampol Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:18.0065|
|2||88||Red Bull Ampol Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:18.3631||0:00.3566|
|3||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:18.4101||0:00.4036|
|4||26||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||1:18.5488||0:00.5423|
|5||7||NED Whisky Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:18.7168||0:00.7103|
|6||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:18.7528||0:00.7463|
|7||99||Erebus Boost Mobile Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:18.8355||0:00.8290|
|8||11||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Anton De Pasquale||Ford Mustang GT||1:18.8625||0:00.8560|
|9||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:18.9124||0:00.9059|
|10||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:18.9771||0:00.9706|
|11||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.1730||0:01.1665|
|12||19||Local Legends||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.2455||0:01.2390|
|13||8||R&J Batteries||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.2857||0:01.2792|
|14||96||Coca-Cola Racing||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.3808||0:01.3743|
|15||44||Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.3860||0:01.3795|
|16||14||Cub Cadet Mowers||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.4008||0:01.3943|
|17||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.4550||0:01.4485|
|18||3||CoolDrive Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Mustang GT||1:19.5054||0:01.4989|
|19||9||Erebus Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.5532||0:01.5467|
|20||2||Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6709||0:01.6644|
|21||22||Team SYDNEY||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.9024||0:01.8959|
|22||5||Truck Assist Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:20.0522||0:02.0457|
|23||4||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.2752||0:02.2687|
|24||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.5826||0:02.5761|