Van Gisbergen, Stanway’s return charge

Shane van Gisbergen and Richie Stanaway will start the Sandown 500 from 19th position. Photo: Ross Gibb

Shane van Gisbergen and Richie Stanway have work to do in tomorrow’s Sandown 500 Enduro – and they know it.

SVG had been qualifying earlier in the day, finishing the race in 19th place after two laps were deleted due to track limit violations, and also found himself in the weeds at the exit of Turn 9.

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“It was not the best day for us unfortunately,” said Van Gisbergen, second in the championship.

“I feel sorry for everyone in my team for qualifying so poorly, but hopefully we can make some improvements for tomorrow’s race.

“Richie was amazing, his lap times were very impressive – he’s really fast so it’s a shame we didn’t start getting further up the grid.

“Our focus tomorrow is to have a clean race, and the rest will take care of itself.”

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“We still haven’t settled on what we’re going to do with the race setup tomorrow, but we’ll think carefully about it tonight and hopefully what we put out tomorrow will be fast over a long period,” Stanaway said. Being.”

There was also a tinge of disappointment for Red Bull’s other team Ampol Camaro, who finished fifth in the shootout top 10 after finishing in the top three in each of the previous five rounds.

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“Looking at the big picture, it was a good day,” Brock Finney said.

“We were quickest this morning, and finished third in qualifying, but the shootout was disappointing. P5 was our lowest result so far this weekend, but I think we were really competitive all weekend.

“Both Erebus cars were fast, so we’ll see how we go tomorrow.

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“Obviously we didn’t put a good lap together in the shootout, but we’re still starting on the third row for a 161-lap race, so we’ve got a long way to go.

“I’m very excited for tomorrow and I’ve been working for this race for a long time. It’s not known what the race will be like, but I’m looking forward to seeing how Jimmy (Wincup, navigator) goes and I hope it’s a good day for us.

Triple Eight’s main rival, Erebus Motorsport, secured the front row with Will Brown on pole.

The Triple Eight wildcard entry for Craig Lowndes and Zane Goddard will start 23rd of 27.

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