SVG leads record-breaking second practice at Barbagallo

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Reigning Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen came out on top in a frantic end to Friday practice at the Perth SuperSprint.

Times tumbled rapidly in the final moments of the 45 minute session, which ended with Van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard both under the previous practice benchmark.

Scott McLaughlin sat atop the order with five minutes remaining but was bumped back to 12th in the final flurry.

Jamie Whincup was the first to eclipse McLaughlin before Coulthard and finally Van Gisbergen took the top spot.

Van Gisbergen’s time of 54.78s, eclipsing Whincup’s previous practice benchmark from 2011 by 0.21s.

“Shippy (engineer Grant McPherson) should be called a gypsy,” Van Gisbegen quipped post-session, having been 10th in opening practice this morning.

“He gives me no tyres all day but we put some good ones on and we were flying.

“The car felt terrible but we were chipping away, bolted a new set on and found two seconds suddenly.”

Coulthard added that he was happy with his day’s work, despite being pipped at the chequered flag.

“We’re sticking to the plan, doing lots of laps and lots of running,” he said.

“We’ve got a little bit more to go but we’re making progress.”

Whincup ended up third, having narrowly avoided the sand trap earlier in the session when he out-braked himself at Turn 1.

Mark Winterbottom wound up fourth ahead of Chaz Mostert and Craig Lowndes, who had an unsual spin at Turn 6.

Cameron Waters made it three Prodrive Fords in the top seven ahead of Will Davison, Todd Kelly and Nick Percat.

Alex Rullo caused the only red flag. The 16-year-old made minor contact with the back of Whincup at Turn 6 before out-braking himself at the final corner and ending in the sand.

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team-mate Matthew Brabham rounded out the field, two palces and 1.5s adrift of Rullo.

SVG leads record-breaking second practice at Barbagallo

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