Van Gisbergen crashes in Practice 3

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 05/10/2017
  • By Mitchell Adam

Reigning Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen joined the list of drivers to come unstuck at Mount Panorama during Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 practice.

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver crashed entering the Dipper during Thursday's third and final practice session.

While sitting third in the order, van Gisbergen locked the front-left tyre and ran wide on the entry, hitting the concrete wall with the left-hand side of his Commodore.

Van Gisbergen had already run off at Murray’s Corner, Hell Corner and The Chase in the first 30 minutes of the session.

“As we know it’s pretty unforgiving up there,” team manager Mark Dutton said. “It was only a very minor thing [mistake].

“The ironic thing is that he’s so happy with the car in this session compared to the first one.

“Obviously you start getting confidence and little mistakes can happen.

“We’ve got the people here to fix it, so we’re not too worried.”

“We’ve got the people, we’ve brought our chief [fabricator] to Bathurst because these things always happen.”

Brad Jones Racing’s Tim Slade crashed heavily at the Esses during the first practice session, with that car currently being repaired.

Alex Rullo collected the exit wall at Forrest’s Elbow in the same session, while Richard Muscat crashed in a similar manner to van Gisbergen in Practice 2 for co-drivers.

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