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Brown fastest, SVG causes red flag in final Adelaide practice

WILL Brown has topped final practice at the VAILO Adelaide 500, but all eyes were on the struggles of championship contender Shane van Gisbergen.

The Kiwi’s difficult preparation for the title decider continued, having yesterday declared himself uncomfortable with his car even after qualifying for the Top 10 Shootout.

Van Gisbergen ran down the escape road at Turn 4 on his first flying lap, and he did it again soon after – only this time, he was unable to flick-spin to return to the track.

In fact, battling to engage reverse, the red flags were shown with 23:31 on the clock.

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At that point, Brown was on top at 1:19.6755s, having just knocked off Practice 1 pacesetter Chaz Mostert.

It was only a short stoppage as marshals helped van Gisbergen get back pointing in the right direction, but SVG’s trouble continued once the session resumed.

As Brown and Thomas Randle traded fast times, the #97 Red Bull Ampol Camaro had been poised to lower the benchmark before another mistake at the final corner.

That left Mostert to reclaim the ascendancy, now on a 1:19.5364s.

As those proceeding to the Top 10 Shootout (12:05pm local/12:35pm AEDT) stepped up the intensity for one-lap rehearsals, it was Cam Waters who laid down the gauntlet with a 1:19.1444s five minutes from the finish.

Brown, Randle and David Reynolds all subsequently slotted in between Waters and Mostert, before Brown banged in the fastest lap of the weekend (1:19.0313s) after the chequered flag dropped.

Will Brown. Pic: Ross Gibb

“We did a race run and then got into a Shootout simulation,” Brown said.

“Really happy with the pace we had and hopefully we can get that right in the Shootout.

“It’s pretty tough to get Turns 1 and 2 right, the cars are getting quite loose under braking into there, so it’s about getting through there and then seeing where you end up in the lap.”

Waters added: “It’s a lot better than what it was yesterday. It was fighting us a lot yesterday, but I think we made it really nice overnight.

“Probably could have gone a bit quicker then, but I wanted to keep it in one piece for the Shootout.”

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Championship leader Brodie Kostecki was a low-key 16th but that was still better than van Gisbergen, who was 17th after kerb strikes scuppered his later runs.

While 15 drivers will now wait for race start at 2:50pm local time (3:20pm AEDT), there is a single-lap shootout to come first for the 10 fastest qualifiers yesterday.

The order for the Top 10 Shootout will be: James Golding, Waters, Mostert, Brown, Anton De Pasquale, Randle, van Gisbergen, Matt Payne, Reynolds and provisional polesitter Kostecki.

RESULTS: Practice 3, 2023 VAILO Adelaide 500

19Will BrownErebusChevrolet1:19.0313s
243Cam WatersTickfordFord+0.1131s
355Thomas RandleTickfordFord+0.1702s
426David ReynoldsGroveFord+0.3978s
525Chaz MostertWAUFord+0.5051s
611Anton De PasqualeDJRFord+0.5814s
78Andre HeimgartnerBJRChevrolet+0.6758s
820Scott PyeTeam 18Chevrolet+0.6836s
93Todd HazelwoodBRTFord+0.6894s
1019Matthew PayneGroveFord+0.6896s
1114Bryce FullwoodBJRChevrolet+0.7174s
125James CourtneyTickfordFord+0.7712s
1318Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Chevrolet+0.7719s
1417Will DavisonDJRFord+0.8835s
1556Declan FraserTickfordFord+0.9086s
1699Brodie KosteckiErebusChevrolet+0.9939s
1797Shane van GisbergenTriple EightChevrolet+1.1615s
1831James GoldingPremiAirChevrolet+1.1935s
1934Jack Le BrocqMSRChevrolet+1.2032s
2088Broc FeeneyTriple EightChevrolet+1.2995s
214Jack SmithBJRChevrolet+1.3108s
2296Macauley JonesBJRChevrolet+1.3115s
232Nick PercatWAUFord+1.3533s
2423Tim SladePremiAirChevrolet+1.4438s
2535Cameron HillMSRChevrolet+1.5191s
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