Shane van Gisbergen (TEKNO Team VIP, Holden) continued to shine in practice for V8 Supercars Austin 400 at Circuit of the Americas, topping Practice 3 after being third quickest in Practice 1 and second in Practice 2. Van Gisbergen’s time of 1:34.5358 was roughly 0.31 sec off the fastest practice time of the two earlier sessions, posted by Scott McLaughlin (Fujitsu Racing GRM, Holden) in the second session.
Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden), the fastest driver in Practice 1, was second in this session 0.2414 sec back. Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford) was third fastest at 1:35.1143. David Reynolds (The Bottle-O FPR Ford) was fourth at 1:35.2025, and Davison’s teammate, Mark Winterbottom, fifth at 1:35.3716.
James Moffat (Norton 360 Racing) was the quick Nissan, turning in the sixth fastest time of the session. Tim Slade (Heavy Haulage Australia Racing) was again the fastest Mercedes, turning in a best lap of 1:35.71, 11th quickest overall.
A number of drivers spoke about their impressions of Circuit of the Americas following the first two practices. Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) currently third in the points standings behind teammate Jamie Whincup and Will Davison said: “It’s a great track, very much a European track in similar style to Abu Dhabi. It is fast and flowing, it is hard on the tires and we are limited with tires this weekend so I think you will see the times degrade from this point on unless someone is brave enough to use their second set.”
“Turn one is exciting,” Lowndes continued. “You get the negative Gs going up and up and up and you brake later and later and later and still get to the point where you can go further. We are still finding that point, but it’s a great feeling going up and then you have got to get the car stopped and then you go back down. The run down into turn two is so fast, you’re just pulling gears. It’s great!”