Van Gisbergen fastest in the West

SHANE VAN GISBERGEN broke the practice lap record – Barbagello – Photo: Darin Mandy

SHANE VAN GISBERGEN broke the practice lap record in the final lap of practice on day one of the Perth SuperSprint today.

Van Gisbergen said that despite his lap record, he was frustrated with his car today.

“It was a tough day for us always is around here,” he said.

“You are trying to feel changes and there is just zero grip. You have to judge where the grip is so it’s pretty tough as a driver but probably tougher for the engineers because there’s not much feedback we can give them because we just can’t feel anything.

The defending champion said he’s hoping for strong results over the weekend to get his season back on track after poor results in Tasmania and Phillip Island.

“I’m pretty frustrated with my year so far,” Van Gisbergen said.

“Apart from Adelaide the other rounds have been pretty crazy. Stupid penalties at Phillip Island and the crazy race at Tassie which was nobody’s fault.

“I’m pretty frustrated and feel disappointed but we are second so it’s not all bad but it shows we have high standards from last year.

“We just have to put it together and be consistent again because that was our strength in the championship last year.”

The Holden ace finished the second practice session with the quickest lap time ahead of new championship points leader Fabian Coulthard, and Red Bull Holden Racing teammate Jamie Whincup.

Coulthard spent today with team owner and international motorsport legend Roger Penske who is in Perth for this weekend’s SuperSprint.

“I know it’s early days but to be leading the championship and have Roger come to town is perfect timing,” Coulthard said.

“He is rapt with how things are going and the progress the team is making but we have a long way to go. Its Only early in championship but it’s nice to have a competitive car.”

Homegrown hero Garth Tander was the quickest in practice one but fell off the pace with the Red Bull and Shell V-Power Racing teams in practice two.

Another West Australian product, 16-year old Alex Rullo, showed that he won’t be a pushover after going door-to-door with Whincup during this afternoon’s practice at Barbagallo Raceway.

Rullo’s teammate for this weekend Matt Brabham, grandson of Formula 1 legend Sir Jack Brabham will head into tomorrow’s qualifying session confident after his first day in a Supercar ended without incident.

There will be a final practice session this morning before qualifying begins. In 2016 less than half a second separated the top 21 drivers in qualifying. Drivers who have claimed pole position have won just six out of the last 19 races at Barbagallo Raceway.

PRACTICE TIMES
1 Shane Van Gisbergen (Red Bull Holden Racing Holden Commodore VF) 54.7762
2 Fabian Coulthard (Shell V-Power Racing Ford Falcon FG/X) 54.7906
3 Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Holden Racing Holden Commodore VF) 55.0457
4 Mark Winterbottom (Bottle-O Racing Ford Falcon FG/X) 55.0921
5 Chaz Mostert (Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG/X) 55.1330
6 Craig Lowndes TeamVortex Holden Commodore VF) 55.2728
7 Cameron Waters Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG/X) 55.2952
8 Will Davison (TEKNO Woodstock Holden Commodore VF) 55.2969
9 Todd Kelly (carsales Racing Nissan Altima) 55.3588
10 Nick Percat (Biante 1:1 Holden Commodore VF) 55.4570
11 Jason Bright (MEGA Racing Ford Falcon FG/X) 55.4594
12 Scott McLaughlin (Shell V-Power Racing Ford Falcon FG/X) 55.4697
13 David Reynolds (Erebus Penrite Holden Commodore VF) 55.4764
14 Lee Holdsworth (Preston Hire Holden Commodore VF) 55.5437
15 Garth Tander (Wilson Security Racing GRM Holden Commodore VF) 55.6459
16 Tim Slade (Freightliner Holden Commodore VF) 55.6524
17 Tim Blanchard (Team CoolDrive Holden Commodore VF) 55.7012
18 James Moffat (Wilson Security Racing GRM Holden Commodore VF) 55.7573
19 Scott Pye Mobil 1 HSV Holden Commodore VF) 55.8056
20 James Courtney (Mobil 1 HSV Holden Commodore VF) 55.8361
21 Rick Kelly (Sengled Nissan Altima) 55.8775
22 Simona De Silvestro (Team Harvey Norman Nissan Altima) 55.9857
23 Dale Wood (Erebus GB Galvanizing Holden Commodore VF) 56.0063
24 Michael Caruso (Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima) 56.2181
25 Alex Rullo (Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF) 56.4797
26 Matthew Brabham (Repair Management Aust Holden Commodore VF) 57.4584


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