Albert Park: Shane Van Gisbergen qualifying report

VAN GISBERGEN IS BIG IMPROVER AT F1 GP MEETING IN MELBOURNE New Zealand racing driver Shane Van Gisbergen was the big improver amongst the V8 Supercar drivers at Melbourne's Albert Park Formula 1 circuit yesterday, eventually posting the 14th ...

VAN GISBERGEN IS BIG IMPROVER AT F1 GP MEETING IN MELBOURNE

New Zealand racing driver Shane Van Gisbergen was the big improver amongst the V8 Supercar drivers at Melbourne's Albert Park Formula 1 circuit yesterday, eventually posting the 14th quickest qualifying time for the first V8 Supercar Manufacturers' Challenge support race today.

The purpose-built 5.3km F1 circuit is a far cry from the shorter, narrower tracks the V8 Supercars usually run on and after being back in 24th place in the practice session earlier in the day the 18-year-old Kiwi who drives the #9 SP Tools Ford Falcon knew he had some work to do

"You hope that you will make a big improvement in the next session and we were able to do that today, " he said. "Out of every corner here you accelerate into another corner and you have to get the power down. We started to do that and got faster and faster through every sector. That will continue over the weekend."

Van Gisbergen's Stone Brothers Racing teammate James Courtney (JELD-WIN Motorsport #4 Ford Falcon) struggled with a handling issue in the practice session and will start the first race from P13 on the grid after a red flag stopped the qualifying session and he was forced to abandon his flying lap, the break causing the team to miss their window on their new tyres.

Today's schedule includes a Top ten Shootout at 12.45pm (Aust time) and the first of three weekend races at 3.55pm.

-credit: svg

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