20 Feb 2010

Van Gisbergen makes solid start to V8 Supercar season

2:10 pm on 20 February 2010

The New Zealand driver Shane van Gisbergen made a strong start to his 2010 V8 Supercar campaign at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi last night, setting a new lap record on his way to sixth in the first race of the season.

Earlier in the day the 20-year-old Stone Brothers driver followed up his quickest lap time in practice with the third fastest lap time in qualifying behind Holden drivers Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander.

The race was won by series' defending champion and now Holden driver Jamie Whincup from Team Vodafone teammate Craig Lowndes and Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom.

James Courtney was fourth, Lee Holdsworth fifth and van Gisbergen sixth.