Reigning series champion Shane van Gisbergen was the fastest on Friday practice at Symmonds Plains in Tasmania today.

The Kiwi edged Shell V Power and fellow New Zealander Fabian Coulthard by just 0.08s in posting the fastest ever practice and qualifying lap at the venue.

"We put a good set (of tyres) on at the end there but we have another practice to sort it out," said van Gisbergen.

"We were not fully happy but it was a great day and we progressed a lot."

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Coulthard's teammate Scott McLaughlin was third fastest to complete a Kiwi trio atop the standings.

The second Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore of Jamie Whincup was fourth.

Qualifying and race 1 will headline Saturday's action.