The Red Bull Holden Racing Team have put Shane van Gisbergen’s ZB Commodore into P2 on completion of practice at the Townsville 400 as the squad look to climb back onto the top step of the podium in Far North Queensland this weekend.
Van Gisbergen set a cracking lap time of 1:12.6904s on his final flyer to slot himself into second position for the day, just one spot behind Lee Holdsworth and ahead of Scott McLaughlin.
“In the second session we had a whole heap to cram in because we missed practice one really (due to the wet session).” Van Gisbergen said.
“I think on both cars we learnt a lot, so that was good and we had some speed. I think we made progress and we understood a lot. The car wasn’t nice to drive, but it was fast, so now we just need to make it comfortable.”
The next best placed Holden was that of David Reynolds in his Penrite Commodore with his teammate Anton de Pasquale close behind in sixth.
Mark Winterbottom to his IRWIN Tools ZB Commodore to seventh with Scott Pye (#2 Mobil 1 Mega ZB Commodore) ninth and Tim Slade (#14 Freightliner ZB Commodore) rounding out the top-10.
Earlier in the day Practice 1 brought on the first ever wet Supercars session in Townsville 400 history.
That session saw Winterbottom finish with the second quickest time behind the wheel of his IRWIN Racing Holden while Nick Percat took his Elite Roads Holden to third place in the wet.
“Wet session, never in the nine years I’ve been here and done a wet session here,” said Winterbottom.
“It’s really slippery, surprisingly one of the slipperiest wet tracks I’ve ever driven on.
“The car felt reasonably nice to drive; you seen cars spearing off and (nearly) in the fence and in the dirt and stuff. It was tricky conditions.”
Tomorrow will see a third practice session in the morning before a 20 minute qualifying session to be followed by a 200km feature race at 3.10pm local time.
Results: Practice 2
|1||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.6772|
|2||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.6904||0:00.0132|
|3||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.6974||0:00.0202|
|4||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.7545||0:00.0773|
|5||6||Monster Energy Racing Team||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:12.8590||0:00.1818|
|6||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.8967||0:00.2195|
|7||18||Irwin Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:12.9118||0:00.2346|
|8||333||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:13.0246||0:00.3474|
|9||2||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.0300||0:00.3528|
|10||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.0537||0:00.3765|
|11||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:13.1170||0:00.4398|
|12||22||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.1853||0:00.5081|
|13||100||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:13.1855||0:00.5083|
|14||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||1:13.2353||0:00.5581|
|15||8||Elite Roads Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.2418||0:00.5646|
|16||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.2856||0:00.6084|
|17||7||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||1:13.3514||0:00.6742|
|18||35||Unit Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.4554||0:00.7782|
|19||19||Truck Assist TEKNO Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.4659||0:00.7887|
|20||3||RABBLE.club Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||1:13.8821||0:01.2049|
|21||33||Boost Mobile Racing||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.8963||0:01.2191|
|22||34||Boost Mobile Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1:13.9189||0:01.2417|
|23||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1:13.9365||0:01.2593|
|24||21||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:14.0927||0:01.4155|