Van Gisbergen dominant in wet V8 Supercars Race 3

Saturday 16th March, 2013


Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©

Van Gisbergen cuts through the gloom on the way to victory

Van Gisbergen cuts through the gloom on the way to victory

Shane van Gisbergen has again shown his affinity with wet track conditions by dominating the third race of the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge at Albert Park.

Starting ninth on the grid, Van Gisbergen cut his way to the lead by the start of the second lap.

A subsequent trip through the gravel just two corners later temporarily dropped the Tekno Holden to third.

The Kiwi’s speed saw him retake the top spot by the end of Lap 3 before charging away to a stunning 12.6s victory.

Lowndes was second ahead of Jonathon Webb, Fabian Coulthard, David Reynolds, Jason Bright, James Courtney, Will Davison, Michael Caruso and Todd Kelly.

Rain in the hour leading up to the race ensured all cars started on wet tyres.

Drizzle continued to fall for the most part before another heavy downpour on the final lap.

Van Gisbergen was lucky to survive this off on Lap 2

Van Gisbergen was lucky to survive this off on Lap 2

The use of wet tyres meant there were no compulsory pitstops in the 12 lap journey.

Much of the race’s action occurred between the four Nissan entries, with all four Altima drivers showing they were not afraid to swap paint with one another.

The intra-team battle was eventually won by Michael Caruso in ninth.

Jamie Whincup made steady progress from 25th on the grid to finish 13th, one place behind Mark Winterbottom, who lost ground with an off.

Scott McLaughlin was just 24th after his car failed to fire on the warm-up lap, necessitating a pitlane start.

Maro Engel and Garth Tander both failed to see the chequered flag due to electrical issues for the Mercedes and bent steering on the Holden.

Race 4 will take place tomorrow afternoon, with Coulthard and Bright to share the front-row based on cumulative points from the weekend so far.

See below for the Race 3 result

1TEKNO Team VIPShane Van GisbergenHolden Commodore VF1227:08.3375
2Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VF1227:20.9447
3Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VF1227:24.6820
4Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VF1227:29.4439
5The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG1227:30.1303
6Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VF1227:39.1943
7Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VF1227:40.2042
8Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG1227:40.5672
9Norton 360 RacingMichael CarusoNissan Altima1227:43.3884
10Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyNissan Altima1227:45.9803
11Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyNissan Altima1227:49.4087
12Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG1227:49.5513
13Red Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VF1227:51.7311
14Dodo Insurance RacingDean FioreHolden Commodore VF1227:53.1915
15Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VF1227:55.1531
16Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG1227:55.3884
17Norton 360 RacingJames MoffatNissan Altima1227:57.7304
18ekol RacingScott PyeHolden Commodore VF1227:57.9877
19Wilson Security RacingTim BlanchardFord Falcon FG1228:01.4769
20Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VF1228:06.3132
21Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoHolden Commodore VF1228:07.0538
22Wilson Security RacingJonny ReidFord Falcon FG1228:12.7951
23Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthMercedes E63 AMG1228:13.5836
24Fujitsu Racing GRMScott McLaughlinHolden Commodore VF1228:19.2211
25Heavy Haulage Australia RacingTim SladeMercedes E63 AMG1228:33.2895
DNFSP Tools RacingMaro EngelMercedes E63 AMG 818:57.2206
DNFHolden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VF 1 2:35.0498

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