Cool Kiwi Smashes Lap Record in Sydney

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen has started the Coates Hire Sydney 500 in perfect style, smashing the lap record in hot conditions during practice at Sydney Olympic Park.

The young Kiwi driver is looking to claim his first ever Supercars title at this weekend’s season finale on the streets of Sydney.

“It’s a hell of a lot better than where we were at in New Zealand, but completely different tracks. For whatever reason I’ve had a half decent run at Homebush," Slade said.

“We’re pretty happy with where we started so fingers crossed it carries through to tomorrow."

Van Gisbergen leads six-time Champion Jamie Whincup by 191 points with 300 points up for grabs across this weekend’s two 250 kilometer races.

Temperatures climbed into the mid-30s C today, forcing drivers to take a number of precautionary measures to fight the intense heat. Despite the hot conditions, six drivers finished under the lap record at Homebush.

Whincup and Tim Slade also set impressive times in today’s practice as did Scott McLaughlin ahead of his final event in a Volvo this weekend before he moves to a DJR Team Penske Ford next year.

This weekend’s event will also be the last for Walkinshaw Racing as the official factory backed Holden Racing Team. It will also be three-time Bathurst champion Garth Tander’s final race for the team.

The first 250 kilometer race will be held tomorrow ahead of the final 250 kilometer race on Sunday.

Results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Lap Of
1 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 01:27.0734 0.0000s 16 19
2 Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 01:27.0944 0.0211 16 17
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 01:27.2414 0.1680 17 18
4 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 01:27.2467 0.1734 15 16
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 01:27.2583 0.1850 13 14
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 01:27.3348 0.2614 14 14
7 Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 01:27.4151 0.3417 14 15
8 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 01:27.4770 0.4036 13 14
9 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 01:27.6239 0.5505 17 17
10 Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 01:27.6634 0.5900 14 15
11 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 01:27.6692 0.5958 15 16
12 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 01:27.7839 0.7105 17 18
13 Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 01:27.8687 0.7954 16 17
14 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 01:27.8810 0.8076 12 15
15 Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 01:27.9932 0.9198 15 16
16 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 01:28.0309 0.9575 11 17
17 Dale Wood Nissan Altima 01:28.2227 1.1493 13 16
18 David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 01:28.2292 1.1559 9 14
19 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 01:28.2309 1.1575 16 17
20 Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 01:28.3045 1.2312 16 17
21 James Moffat Volvo S60 01:28.3657 1.2924 15 15
22 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 01:28.7232 1.6498 2 4
23 Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 01:28.9214 1.8481 16 19
24 Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 01:29.0653 1.9920 14 16
25 Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 01:30.3625 3.2891 1 1
26 Shae Davies Holden Commodore VF 01:47.7523 20.6789 1 9

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