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Van Gisbergen happy with pace during tests


Though rain meant he didn't get to run brand-new tyres, young Kiwi ace Shane Van Gisbergen was happy with his pace in this week's V8 Supercar official test in Queensland.

Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen was happy with his pace during thjis week’s V8 Supercar official test session at Queensland’s Willowbank, even though rain cut short his stint at the wheel.

The teenager was ninth fastest in the SP Tools Racing Ford Falcon run by Stone Brothers racing (SBR$).

The rain meant he missed his chance to post a time on new rubber.

Stone Brothers Racing completed a full test day with both V8 Supercar Championship cars, also testing its Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series entry with Jonathon Webb at the wheel.

“The SP Tools team made small changes right throughout the day,” Van Gisbergen said. “We really started to get into it later in the afternoon and we were just about to throw new tyres at it when the weather packed it in.

“Even though the time today didn’t reflect it, everything went well. With new tyres I’m sure we would have picked up time and it was a good chance for me to settle in with the car and the team.”

Van Gisbergen said he spent a bit of time bedding in brakes and diffs during the morning.

“I tried some new things with my driving style, went from left foot to right foot braking with the new gearbox to see if we could pick up some time.”

Van Gisbergen’s fellow SBR driver, James Courtney, set the fastest time of the test, with a 1m 10.59s lap.

Photo caption: Van Gisbergen in the SP Tools Falcon in Queensland this week.

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