SVG tops Supercars Practice 2 at The Bend despite late off

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen has set the pace in Repco Supercars Championship Practice 2 at The Bend Motorsport Park despite a late off.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver looked set to improve on his 1:48.2602s with the chequered flag out in the second session at the OTR SuperSprint but found the green stuff in the #97 ZB Commodore.

Still, van Gisbergen finished the session 0.1037s clear of his nearest rival in the title race, the Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Anton De Pasquale (#11 Mustang), with Cameron Waters similarly third in the drivers’ standings and third on the Practice 2 timesheet.

Conditions were much the same as earlier in the day at Tailem Bend, in regional South Australia, with the mercury low and the wind high.

Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) was quickest straight out of the box with a 1:49.0951s, before Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) went top with a 1:48.4782s on his second run.

The Tickford Racing steerer was still almost four tenths of a second to the good until van Gisbergen usurped him with a 1:48.2602s with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore) on a 1:48.4152s and then De Pasquale on a 1:48.3639s subsequently went to second place ahead of the final runs.

Despite an abundance of new soft compound tyres for the end of proceedings, the pointy end would remain the same, although that was not for lack of trying.

Van Gisbergen set the fastest first sector but then understeered off on the run from the long Turn 15 left-hander into the Turn 16 switchback.

Waters snuck into third with a late 1:48.3791s, ahead of Mostert and Thomas Randle (#55 Castrol Mustang) on a 1:48.4664s in the second of the Tickford entries.

Mostert’s fourth came despite a mid-session front anti-rollbar issue, although it had apparently been fixed quickly according to the man himself.

Brodie Kostecki ended up sixth, ahead of Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) and Practice 1 fast man Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore).

Zak Best was third in Practice 1 and despite torching a tyre early in the second session, he suggested his earlier effort was hardly a fluke when he finished ninth in Practice 2 on a 1:48.7547s in the #78 Tickford Mustang.

Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) finished 10th, one spot ahead of Nick Percat (#2 Mobil 1 NTI ZB Commodore).

Qualifying for Race 21 of the season, a three-part knockout session, starts at 13:30 local time/14:00 AEST.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.2602
2 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:48.3639 0:00.1037
3 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:48.3791 0:00.1189
4 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.4152 0:00.1550
5 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 1:48.4664 0:00.2062
6 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.5744 0:00.3142
7 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.6390 0:00.3788
8 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.6814 0:00.4212
9 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Mustang GT 1:48.7547 0:00.4945
10 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:48.7779 0:00.5177
11 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.7782 0:00.5180
12 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:48.8395 0:00.5793
13 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.8437 0:00.5835
14 20 Nulon Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.9102 0:00.6500
15 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:48.9238 0:00.6636
16 31 Subway PremiAir Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.9336 0:00.6734
17 49 Joss & Dynamic Jordan Boys Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.9642 0:00.7040
18 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:48.9855 0:00.7253
19 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.0024 0:00.7422
20 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 1:49.0743 0:00.8141
21 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.0795 0:00.8193
22 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.0822 0:00.8220
23 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:49.1400 0:00.8798
24 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.1450 0:00.8848
25 96 TRG Transport Solutions Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.6444 0:01.3842
26 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.7272 0:01.4670
27 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.7489 0:01.4887

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