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Flying Kiwi Shane Van Gisbergen has set multiple podiums
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:14:55 AM »
Flying Kiwi Shane Van Gisbergen has set multiple podiums as the minimum benchmark going forward if he is to realise his goal of being competitive in the V8 Supercar Championship.


SP Tools’ Van Gisbergen won the Friday ‘Grand Prix’ in practice at today’s SkyCity Triple Crown at Hidden Valley in Darwin where tyres, or lack thereof, meant no real read could be made into the day’s results.


He finished in front of Tekno Autosport’s Jonathon Webb and Team BOCs Jason Bright. Championship front-runners Will Davison (8th) Mark Winterbottom (12th) and Jamie Whincup (13th) spent the day fine tuning.


Winterbottom is struggling with a heavy viral infection and has been kept in cotton wool ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying and 120km race.


The SP Tools Racing driver ended the day with a best of 1m09.5893s as the top nine all lapped under the 1:10s barrier. All except five cars lapped within one second of the fastest time as an indicator of just how competitive – and unpredictable – the Darwin event will be this year.


Van Gisbergen cited the 2012 form of Davison as where his team needs to be, believing they will ultimately get there.


“The next step is what FPR and Triple Eight have been doing,” Van Gisbergen said of the proven consistent form of Davison and Whincup in particular.


“Will Davison has only been of the podium twice this year. It really proves what you have to do to be at the top in this sport and be successful. We need to keep doing what we did at Phillip Island three weeks ago.


“We were top of the points that weekend with a second and a fourth. We are definitely getting there.”


Van Gisbergen said the soft and hard tyre compounds being used this weekend would be the critical element, one that helped him with the first race in Darwin last year.


The V8 Supercars will return to the circuit tomorrow for qualifying for Race 12 of 2012 at 11.00am local time with a Top 10 Shootout and 42-lap race to complete the day.


The hot conditions experienced today are expected to continue, a top of 31 degrees forecast.

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