Van Gisbergen edges Heimgartner in Practice 2 at Tasmania
Saturday 26th March, 2022 - 12:29pm
Shane van Gisbergen has gone fastest in Practice 2 for the Ned Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint by a margin of two hundredths of a second over Andre Heimgartner.
Van Gisbergen laid down a 0:50.4473s in his late-session qualifying simulation in the #97 Red Bull Ampol Racing entry, a tenth of a second away from Will Davison’s new practice lap record from earlier in the day when the weather was several degrees cooler at Symmons Plains.
Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) ended up fourth in Practice 2 for the Repco Supercars Championship field on a 0:50.6426s, behind Andre Heimgartner (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore) in second and Todd Hazelwood (#35 Truck Assist ZB Commodore).
The Practice 1 fast man had been on top again after the initial flyers on a 0:51.1885s, but van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) held sway at the end of the first runs on a 0:50.6570s.
Davison had not long moved the benchmark to a 0:50.6426s when a red flag was called in the 11th minute due to Jake Kostecki stopping on the back straight with a suspected electrical problem in Tickford Racing’s #56 Tradie Mustang.
With the session underway again, Jack Le Brocq (#34 Truck Assist ZB Commodore) moved up to third with just under four minutes remaining, clocking a 0:50.8101s before the rest went for their qualifying simulations.
Le Brocq’s team-mate Hazelwood then reset the fastest lap with a 0:50.6395s, before Heimgartner clocked a 0:50.4675s and then van Gisbergen the 0:50.4473s in the last two minutes before the chequered flag.
Hazelwood improved again, to a 0:50.6055s, as Davison set a new fastest first sector but ultimately broke the beam in a time of 0:50.6681s, two hundredths shy of his personal-best.
David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang) ended up fifth, from Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang), Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore), championship leader Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore), and Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Mustang) in 10th.
Nick Percat was 12th again in the #2 Mobil 1 NTI ZB Commodore while Tickford’s best was Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) in 14th.
Scott Pye had a wild moment in the early minutes when he drove his #20 Seiko 5 ZB Commodore into the infield at Turn 1 and ran through the gravel.
He got as high as seventh-fastest, just after the red flag, and ultimately ended up 20th on the timesheet.
Qualifying for Race 3, a three-part knockout session, is due to get underway at 13:50 local time/AEDT.
Results: Practice 2
|1||97||Red Bull Ampol Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.4473|
|2||8||R&J Batteries Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.4675||0:00.0202|
|3||35||Truck Assist Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.6055||0:00.1582|
|4||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.6426||0:00.1953|
|5||26||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.6691||0:00.2218|
|6||11||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Anton De Pasquale||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.6802||0:00.2329|
|7||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.6869||0:00.2396|
|8||88||Red Bull Ampol Racing||Broc Feeney||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.7177||0:00.2704|
|9||25||Mobil 1 Optus Racing||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.7390||0:00.2917|
|10||3||CoolDrive Auto Parts||Tim Slade||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.7663||0:00.3190|
|11||14||Middy’s Electrical Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.7980||0:00.3507|
|12||2||Mobil 1 NTI Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.7983||0:00.3510|
|13||34||Truck Assist Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.8101||0:00.3628|
|14||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.8764||0:00.4291|
|15||5||Opposite Lock Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.8804||0:00.4331|
|16||96||Automotive Superstore||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.8906||0:00.4433|
|17||99||Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.9117||0:00.4644|
|18||10||Penrite Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||0:50.9592||0:00.5119|
|19||9||Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus||William Brown||Holden Commodore ZB||0:50.9751||0:00.5278|
|20||20||Team 18 Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.0102||0:00.5629|
|21||55||Castrol Racing||Thomas Randle||Ford Mustang GT||0:51.0413||0:00.5940|
|22||76||PremiAir Subway Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.0602||0:00.6129|
|23||22||PremiAir Coca Cola Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.0668||0:00.6195|
|24||4||SCT Logistics Racing||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||0:51.1973||0:00.7500|
|25||56||Tradie Racing||Jake Kostecki||Ford Mustang GT||0:51.6756||0:01.2283|