Van Gisbergen takes Race 4 pole before crash with Slade

Tim Slade off the road after he and Shane van Gisbergen came together. Picture: Fox Sports

Shane van Gisbergen has one pole position and a potentially damaged #97 ZB Commodore after a clash with Tim Slade in the second of the morning’s qualifying sessions at the Ned Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint.

Van Gisbergen led Broc Feeney in achieving a Red Bull Ampol Racing front row lockout for Race 4 of the Repco Supercars Championship, and was on for back-to-back poles when he and Slade made significant contact at Turn 6 in Qualifying for Race 5 at Symmons Plains.

It meant that the Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Will Davison held onto top spot on the grid for the final race of the weekend after gambling on running with his last remaining set of new tyres at the start of the session.

Pending any penalties, van Gisbergen will be third on the grid for Race 5, with Matt Stone Racing’s Jack Le Brocq making the front row in the #34 Truck Assist ZB Commodore.

Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert missed the top 10 in both sessions.

Qualifying for Race 4

Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) was fastest at the end of the opening runs of the first 12-minute session of the morning, setting a 0:50.7779s on used tyres.

Unsurprisingly, few had gone out on new tyres to that point, and Feeney (#88 ZB Commodore) would be the first to move the benchmark when he clocked a 0:50.6360s in the final minute before the chequered flag.

However, Feeney had van Gisbergen in the tow and the 2021 champion quickly knocked him off with a 0:50.4884s, making for an all-Triple Eight Race Engineering top two.

Feeney had no more time in him, but van Gisbergen consolidated top spot on his next lap when he went slightly quicker again in laying down a 0:50.4840s.

Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) ended up third on a 0:50.6480s and will share Row 2 with the man he spun in Race 3, David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang), who went as fast as a 0:50.7128s.

Slade (#3 CoolDrive Mustang) took fifth on a 0:50.7423s and Davison (#17 Mustang) sixth on a 0:50.7513s, with the top 10 rounded out by Scott Pye (#20 Seiko 5 ZB Commodore), De Pasquale, Nick Percat (#2 Mobil 1 NTI ZB Commodore), and Todd Hazelwood (#35 Truck Assist Mustang).

Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) was 12th on a 0:50.8577s and Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore) ended up all the way back in 16th on a 0:50.9256s, 0.4416s off the pace.

Qualifying for Race 5

The cloud cover was picking up at the start of the latter 12-minute session, and the pace was up straight away.

Davison opted to use his last set of new tyres at the beginning, and punched out a 0:50.5515s on a single flyer before parking the #17 Mustang for the balance of the session.

That time was slightly faster than van Gisbergen’s initial 0:50.6184s effort, before Le Brocq went second-quickest on a 0:50.6155s at the start of the second runs.

Van Gisbergen was then fastest to the second sector when he came up on Slade at the end of the back straight.

The championship leader looked to go down the inside of Car #3 but then they made side-to-side contact which forced Slade off the track and pulled a tyre off the right-rear rim at the very least for van Gisbergen.

The Triple Eight driver was, however, able to immediately drive into the pits, and Slade also left the scene of the incident under his own power.

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The session was red flagged in the 11th minute and would not restart, leaving Davison on pole and Le Brocq alongside on the front row.

For now, van Gisbergen is third courtesy of his first-run banker, from Hazelwood, De Pasquale, Reynolds, Feeney, Waters, Slade in ninth, and Lee Holdsworth (#10 Penrite Mustang) rounding out the top 10, while Mostert was 19th-fastest.

The van Gisbergen-Slade crash is under investigation.

UPDATE: Slade penalised

Race 4, a 44-lapper, starts at 13:00 local time/AEDT.

Results: Qualifying for Race 4, Ned Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.4840
2 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.6360 0:00.1520
3 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.6480 0:00.1640
4 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 0:50.7128 0:00.2288
5 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 0:50.7423 0:00.2583
6 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 0:50.7513 0:00.2673
7 20 Team 18 Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.7737 0:00.2897
8 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 0:50.7779 0:00.2939
9 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.7956 0:00.3116
10 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.8244 0:00.3404
11 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.8245 0:00.3405
12 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 0:50.8577 0:00.3737
13 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.8687 0:00.3847
14 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.8761 0:00.3921
15 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9146 0:00.4306
16 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.9256 0:00.4416
17 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9410 0:00.4570
18 5 Opposite Lock Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9807 0:00.4967
19 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.9828 0:00.4988
20 76 PremiAir Subway Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0086 0:00.5246
21 96 Automotive Superstore Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0123 0:00.5283
22 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0228 0:00.5388
23 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0491 0:00.5651
24 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0639 0:00.5799
25 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 0:51.0971 0:00.6131

Results: Qualifying for Race 5, Ned Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 0:50.5515  
2 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.6155 0:00.0640
3 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.6184 0:00.0669
4 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.6506 0:00.0991
5 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 0:50.6726 0:00.1211
6 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 0:50.7336 0:00.1821
7 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.8472 0:00.2957
8 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 0:50.8568 0:00.3053
9 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9107 0:00.3592
10 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9253 0:00.3738
11 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.9388 0:00.3873
12 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9522 0:00.4007
13 20 Team 18 Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.9523 0:00.4008
14 5 Opposite Lock Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 0:51.0072 0:00.4557
15 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 0:51.0235 0:00.4720
16 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0553 0:00.5038
17 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0715 0:00.5200
18 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1049 0:00.5534
19 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1101 0:00.5586
20 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1138 0:00.5623
21 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1593 0:00.6078
22 76 PremiAir Subway Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1760 0:00.6245
23 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1934 0:00.6419
24 96 Automotive Superstore Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.8297 0:01.2782
25 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.9091 0:01.3576

 

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