Lowndes record broken: Tasmania speed breakdown

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 20/04/2021
  • By James Pavey

The pace at the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint was hot, with Shane van Gisbergen setting a new Symmons Plains qualifying benchmark.

For the second event running in 2021, following Chaz Mostert’s Sandown speed, a new lap record was set.

Van Gisbergen’s remarkable pole lap for Saturday’s Race 6 sprint, a 50.492s, dipped below two familiar names.

The championship leader not only broke Craig Lowndes’ 50.579s qualifying record from 2019, but dipped below Jamie Whincup’s practice/qualifying 50.508s marker set in 2019 practice.

Hot times across the weekend were set predominantly in two sessions, being qualifying for Race 8, and Saturday’s 44-lap Race 6 sprint.

Van Gisbergen’s razing run to Race 6 pole aside, six of the top 10 quickest practice/qualifying laps of the weekend were set in the final qualifying session of the weekend.

The event featured an all-new split qualifying format, which defined the Sunday afternoon race’s grid; seven of the top 10 qualifiers for Race 8 ran in the first group of the split session.

However, it was Saturday’s Race 6 which proved the most definitive with regards to pace; 18 of the top 20 quickest race laps were logged in the race, which was won by van Gisbergen.

Saturday’s Race 6 and Sunday’s Race 8, which was won by Chaz Mostert, both commenced in cooler conditions at 4:25pm local time, with Race 7 starting at 1:35pm.

Whincup, who won Race 7 on Sunday, scored the fastest lap bonus points for Saturday’s race.

The seven-time champion’s 51.498s flyer, set on the fifth lap of the race as he chased van Gisbergen and Cameron Waters, was the fastest race lap of the weekend.

However, it fell short of Mark Winterbottom’s race lap record of a 51.227s, which the Team 18 driver set early in the Sunday race in 2019.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to The Bend Motorsport Park for the OTR SuperSprint across May 8-9.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and 7 Plus.

Fastest practice/qualifying laps

Session Driver Time
Q6 (Q3) Shane van Gisbergen 50.492
Q8 Cameron Waters 50.562
Q8 Chaz Mostert 50.580
Q8 Anton De Pasquale 50.670
Q8 Zane Goddard 50.693
Q8 Jamie Whincup 50.714
Q8 Shane van Gisbergen 50.716
P2 Cameron Waters 50.724
P2 Anton De Pasquale 50.745
Q6 (Q1) Shane van Gisbergen 50.748

Fastest race laps

Session Driver Time
R6 Jamie Whincup 51.498 (lap 5)
R6 Chaz Mostert 51.507 (lap 24)
R6 Shane van Gisbergen 51.538 (lap 3)
R6 Scott Pye 51.572 (lap 35)
R6 Will Davison 51.601 (lap 6)
R6 James Courtney 51.603 (lap 30)
R6 Cameron Waters 51.629 (lap 8)
R6 Anton De Pasquale 51.707 (lap 4)
R6 Fabian Coulthard 51.726 (lap 34)
R6 Mark Winterbottom 51.755 (lap 4)

Key: Practice (P); Qualifying (Q); Top Ten Shootout (TT); Race (R)

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