NEWCASTLE 500: VAN GISBERGEN MOVES FROM LAST TO FIRST IN TOP 10 SHOOTOUT

SATURDAY 1:40

ARMOR ALL TOP TEN SHOOTOUT RACE 31
Shane van Gisbergen has put in a last-to-first effort, sensationally clinching pole for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team in the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout.
Here’s how everybody finished:
1. Shane van Gisbergen 01:10.1747
2. Scott McLaughlin +0.0627
3. Jamie Whincup +0.107
4. Cameron Waters +0.1547
5. Anton de Pasquale +0.194
6. Fabian Coulthard +0.2846
7. David Reynolds +0.3734
8. James Courtney +0.3806
9. Tim Slade +0.6074
10. Lee Holdsworth +0.6296

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FRIDAY 4.15

SUPERCARS PRACTICE SESSION 2

Day one of the Supercars is done and dusted with Jamie Whincup holding bragging rights  rights ahead of qualifying tomorrow. Whincup was fastest in the Second Practice Session, 2019 champion Scott McLaughlin quickest on the East End track in this morning’s First Practice Session.

Here’s how they finished in the second session.

1. Jamie Whincup 1.10.3173
2. Cameron Waters +0.006
3. Shane van Gisbergen +0.061
4. Scott McLaughlin +0.067
5. David Reynolds +0.106
6. Mark Winterbottom +0.108
7. James Courtney +0.128
8. Fabian Coulthard +0.130
9. Todd Hazlewood +0.211
10. Lee Holdsworth +0.255

 

Earlier the Aussie Racing Cars session was cut short after local entrant Cody McKay found the wall with two minutes remaining. The Merewether driver lost control coming around Newcastle Beach, in his race debut

Fellow Novocastrian Charlotte Poynting qualified 20th.

 

 

FRIDAY 12.15 –

SUPERCARS PRACTICE SESSION 1

The first practice session has just finished and championship winner Scott McLaughlin is the fastest so far.

Here’s how they finished:

1.Scott McLaughlin 1.10.6092
2. David Reynolds +0.012
3. Jamie Whincup +0.103
4. Todd Hazlewood +0.303
5. Mark Winterbottom +0.384
6. Shane Van Gisbergen +0.399
7. Anton De Pasquale +0.452
8. Chaz Mostert +0.477
9. Lee Holdsworth +0.572
10. Rick Kelly +0.594

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The 2019 Drivers Championship may have already been decided, but there’s still plenty to race for in this weekend’s Newcastle 500.

Scott McLaughlin steered his Ford Mustang GT to ninth place in the last round at Sandown, to wrap up his second Supercars crown on the trot.

McLaughlin’s team, DJR Penske, will be looking for more silverware at the weekend though, with the teams’ championship to be settled on the streets of the East End for the second time in three visits.

DJR Team Penske, which won the title in 2017, leads Triple Eight Race Engineering by 116 points with a total of 576 on the line.

The Triple Eight garage has history on its side though, having won eight of the last nine team’s championships.

The ECB Utes will be first on track from 9.30 while the Supercars Practice Session 1 starts at 11.30.

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