Van Gisbergen dominates final Sydney practice

28 Jul
Reigning champion nearly 0.2s clear ahead of qualifying

Shane van Gisbergen has completed a practice double at the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight with a dominant showing in Practice 2.

Van Gisbergen, who is racing in Triple Eight’s wildcard chassis this weekend, was nearly 0.2s clear at the top.

The #97 Red Bull Ampol Camaro appears the car to beat at Sydney Motorsport Park, with van Gisbergen fastest in Practice 1.

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Van Gisbergen was 0.42s ahead of his nearest rival midway through the 30-minute session, which was held under cloudy Western Sydney skies.

Later, van Gisbergen dropped in a 1:29.9131s — the fastest time of the day — in the dying seconds to improve his benchmark.

Brad Jones Racing’s Andre Heimgartner was second, turning in a 1:30.1086s as the chequered flag flew.

Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki (#99 Coca-Cola Camaro) and Matt Stone Racing’s Jack Le Brocq (#34 Truck Assist Camaro) completed a Camaro top four.

Tickford Racing's Cam Waters was best of the Fords in fifth with a 1:30.4768s in the #6 Monster Energy Mustang.

It was a different story across the Red Bull Ampol Racing garage, with Broc Feeney 25th and last due to car problems.

Feeney, who is third in the championship, hopped out of the #88 Red Bull Ampol Camaro midway through the session due to reported starter motor issues.

Kostecki dropped in a 1:30.6767s to be fastest after the first runs ahead of teammate Will Brown (#9 Coca-Cola Camaro) on a 1:30.7358s and Heimgartner on a 1:30.8087s.


Waters edged Kostecki with a 1:30.6513s in his second run, with Ford rival Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) going fourth on a 1:30.7544s.

Team 18 veteran Mark Winterbottom put the #18 DEWALT Camaro on top with a 1:30.5025s, with Bryce Fullwood (#14 Middy’s Camaro) second on a 1:30.5974s.

Van Gisbergen’s benchmark from Practice 1 — 1:30.4941s — remained unbeaten before the Kiwi himself put a margin on the field.

The two-time Bathurst winner powered to top spot with a 1:30.0832s with 10 minutes remaining.

Van Gisbergen reported more handling issues in his #97 Camaro, which is a different chassis — Triple Eight’s wildcard chassis — this weekend.

The entire field sans Feeney returned to the field for final runs, and Le Brocq improved to second on a 1:30.4540s.

Kostecki pushed Le Brocq to third with a 1:30.1934s, before Waters clocked a 1:30.4768s to rise to fourth.

Van Gisbergen improved to a 1:29.9131s to put more space between himself and his rivals, although Heimgartner improve to second by the flag.

Van Gisbergen managed to set his fast time after picking up a track limits violation at Turn 5.

Winterbottom was sixth ahead of Fullwood, Brown, Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) and Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus Mustang).

Knockout qualifying at 4:45pm local time/AEST will set the grid for the 51-lap Race 18, which will launch at 7:35pm.

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