Shane van Gisbergen beats Jamie Whincup to Adelaide victory

Shane van Gisbergen has taken his first win in a Holden

Shane van Gisbergen has taken his first win in a Holden

Shane van Gisbergen has handed Tekno Autosports its maiden V8 Supercars Championship race victory in front of a record crowd at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

The Kiwi won a race-long battle with the Red Bull Racing Australia Holden of Jamie Whincup, eventually adding the victory and the fastest lap to the pole position he won earlier in the day.

The victory is the first for a team other than Red Bull (formerly Vodafone) or Ford Performance Racing since November, 2011.

An early first stop allowed Whincup to jump Van Gisbergen and lead the middle stages of the race, but the four-time champion could do nothing to prevent his rival retaking the advantage at the second and final stops.

Van Gisbergen then survived a Safety Car restart with 11 laps to go to hold on for a 2.2s victory.

Whincup took second despite some late squabbling with team-mate Craig Lowndes and Russell Ingall, who eventually secured third and fourth respectively.

Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison, James Courtney, Tony D’Alberto, Scott McLaughlin and Jonathon Webb rounded out the top 10.

The two Ford Performance Racing drivers had been challenging for the podium before both losing time with wheel nut problems in their second stops.

The race had been largely devoid of action until a crash from Alex Davison at Turn 8 brought out the late Safety Car.

There was carnage behind the front-runners after the restart, with Jason Bright – who had taken on a third set of tyres under yellow in order to charge through the pack – taking out Rick Kelly at the Turn 14 hairpin. The cars of Garth Tander and Todd Kelly sustained heavy damage in the resulting melee.

That incident will be investigated after the race, as will a late bump from Courtney on McLaughlin that dropped the Fujitsu Holden from seventh to ninth in the waning laps.

Just 17 cars saw the chequered flag, with front-runners Alexandre Premat (power steering failure) and Fabian Coulthard (who slid into the Turn 8 wall on fluid dropped by Premat) both dropping out in the early stages.

David Reynolds also appeared to be a victim of Premat’s fluid as he knocked the left-rear of his FPR Falcon at Turn 8 shortly afterward.

Throttle problems accounted for the Mercedes entries of Maro Engel and Tim Slade, while a cool suit failure and eventual gearbox issue made it a day to forget for Nissan’s Michael Caruso.

Craig Lowndes now leads the championship standings by 12 points over team-mate Whincup heading into the second event at Symmons Plains on April 5-7.

See below for the full Race 2 result

1 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 78 01:51:52.4116
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 78 01:51:54.6309
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 78 01:51:56.2409
4 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 78 01:51:59.4847
5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 78 01:51:59.8002
6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 78 01:52:00.3817
7 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 78 01:52:01.3142
8 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 78 01:52:04.9307
9 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 78 01:52:06.7343
10 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 78 01:52:07.0574
11 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 78 01:52:10.4526
12 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 78 01:52:11.2161
13 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 78 01:52:12.3697
14 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 78 01:52:45.8593
15 Advam Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 77 01:52:11.5809
16 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 77 01:52:14.4730
17 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 77 01:52:15.8762
DNF Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 68 01:38:12.1103
DNF Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 68 01:38:12.5067
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 68 01:38:18.1708
DNF Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 63 01:29:08.4869
DNF Wilson Security Racing Jonny Reid Ford Falcon FG 52 01:36:44.2877
DNF Heavy Haulage Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 32    58:06.0966
DNF Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 27    40:53.4961
DNF SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 17    33:19.3323
DNF Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF  7    42:25.6309
DNF The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG  6     8:37.8568
DNF Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF  3    11:59.0374

See below for the updated championship standings

1 Craig Lowndes 279
2 Jamie Whincup 267
3 Will Davison 240
4 Russell Ingall 198
5 James Courtney 192
6 Scott McLaughlin 186
7 Jonathon Webb 168
8 Tony D’Alberto 159
9 Shane Van Gisbergen 150
10 Scott Pye 138
11 Rick Kelly 135
12 James Moffat 129
13 Alexandre Premat 120
14 David Wall 114
15 Mark Winterbottom 111
16 Dean Fiore 111
17 Tim Blanchard 111
18 Lee Holdsworth 108
19 Garth Tander  96
20 Alex Davison  84
21 Tim Slade  60
22 Fabian Coulthard  48
23 David Reynolds  45
24 Jason Bright  39
25 Michael Caruso  36
26 Maro Engel  33
27 Jonny Reid   0
28 Todd Kelly   0

See below for Speedcafe.com’s live Twitter feed (@speedcafe) from Race 2

Warm-up lap underway for Race 2 of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship on the streets of Adelaide

Van Gisbergen on pole from Winterbottom, Whincup, Davison, Coulthard, Premat, McLaughlin, Lowndes, Ingall and Courtney

Winterbottom takes the lead from Van Giz into the first chicane #V8SC

Engel pitted at the end of the formation lap with a continuation of his throttle problems from this morning #V8SC

Lap 1 order: Winterbottom, Van Giz, Whincup, Davison, Coulthard, Premat, Ingall, Lowndes, McLaughlin, Courtney #V8SC

Premat has had a major failure in his GRM Holden and is being told to stop #V8SC

Premat is crawling back to pitlane but says the steering is too heavy to turn the car. Van Giz meanwhile retakes the lead #V8SC

For the second day in a row Bright pits for fuel on Lap 2 #V8SC

Van Giz took the lead from Winterbottom at Turn 9 on Lap 2 but now reports he has no dash #V8SC

Whincup takes second from Winterbottom on Lap 3 #V8SC

“We’re all good here mate just press on,” Van Gisbergen is told by engineer Blake Smith. SVG says he has shift lights at least #V8SC

Coulthard has pitted on Lap 5 having hit the Turn 8 wall. This will be a lengthy stop #V8SC

Courtney and Reynolds also brushed the Turn 8 fence but have continued. Fluid from Premat’s car a likely cause of those moments #V8SC

Reynolds has now pitted and, like Coulthard, has a left-rear issue following his Turn 8 wall contact #V8SC

Lowndes meanwhile takes Ingall for fifth on Lap 8 #V8SC

Reynolds, Coulthard and Premat all still in pitlane #V8SC

Lap 10 order and gaps: Van Giz 2.1s Whincup 1s Winterbottom 2.1s Davison 2s Lowndes 1s Ingall #V8SC

Tander is running ninth and will pit this lap #V8SC

Tander is limping with a bent left-front #V8SC

Lowndes has been in and rejoins behind Bright, who stopped on Lap 2 #V8SC

Tander has been given new tyres and rejoins. He’s told to push on to get back onto the lead lap #V8SC

Replays show that Tander’s left-front went flat after a rub with McLaughlin #V8SC

First round of stops continue to unfold with Whincup pitting from second on Lap 16 #V8SC

Winterbottom pits on Lap 17 while Van Gisbergen continues at the front #V8SC

Lowndes has jumped both FPR Falcons after pitting earlier in those stops #V8SC

Van Gisbergen will pit this lap #V8SC

Van Gisbergen takes four tyres and 16s worth of fuel, rejoining behind Whincup, who has less fuel on board #V8SC

Webb and Moffat pit handing Whincup the lead. Whincup’s gap over Van Giz is 3.3s #V8SC

Top 10 on Lap 22 Whincup, Van Giz, Bright, Lowndes, Holdsworth (0 stops), Wintebottom, Davison, McLaughlin, Ingall, Reid #V8SC

Webb says he was pushed off the track by Courtney and wants it looked into. Webb is currently 16th after his recent stop #V8SC

Whincup and Van Giz are trading the fastest lap of the race early in this tyre set #V8SC

Bright meanwhile, who pitted on Lap 2 and has jumped to third, is holding up Lowndes #V8SC

A train consisting of Lowndes, Winterbottom and Davison is beginning to form behind Bright #V8SC

Courtney runs wide at Turn 9 after a lock-up while trying to pass Rick Kelly for 12th #V8SC

Winterbottom takes fourth from Lowndes at Turn 6 on Lap 28 #V8SC

A cool suit-less Michael Caruso has pitted due to the heat #V8SC

Fifth placed Lowndes is now 14s down on race leader Whincup after 30 laps #V8SC

Van Giz is just 1.2s behind Whincup and is the fuel-corrected leader #V8SC

Winterbottom takes Bright for third on Lap 32. Gap to SVG is 12.2s #V8SC

As we saw in the first stint, SVG’s Triple Eight chassis appears happier relative to Whincup’s the longer the stint progresses #V8SC

Slade is in the pits describing throttle problems with his Mercedes. #V8SC

Lowndes moves by Bright for fourth on Lap 35. Bright’s tyres are now 33 laps old #V8SC

Davison takes Bright for fifth on Lap 36. Winterbottom survives a lock-up just up the road to hold off Lowndes #V8SC

Whincup has eased the lead out to 2.2s. Second stops about to begin #V8SC

Lap 40 order: Whincup, Van Giz, Winterbottom, Lowndes, Davison, Bright, McLaughlin, Ingall, Pye, Davison #V8SC

Bright pits for the second time on Lap 40 – proving that this could have been a one-stop race without the CPS rules #V8SC

Whincup pits from the lead on Lap 42 #V8SC

Tekno covers Whincup by pitting SVG a lap later #V8SC

Van Gisbergen rejoins with a comfortable lead over Whincup #V8SC

Will Davison lost significant ground with a left-rear wheel nut issue in his second stop. Reid meanwhile is crawling to the pits #V8SC

Winterbottom pits from the lead on Lap 45. Like Davison, he also endures a long wheel nut delay #V8SC

Replays show that Reid suffered damage thanks to contact with Moffat at Turn 9

R.Kelly led a lap for Nissan due to running a long first stint. SVG has now made his way by and leads Whincup by 5.4s #V8SC

Lap 50 order: SVG 6.2s Whincup 13.7s Lowndes 3.8s Ingall 5.4s McLaughlin 0.8s W.Davison 2.7s Bright 3.9s Winterbottom #V8SC

Lap 55 Van Gisbergen is holding his lead over Whincup at 7s. Not much action on track

Winterbottom takes seventh from Bright at Turn 4. Holdsworth meanwhile pits from 17th for his second drink of fuel #V8SC

Holdsworth is now 21st and last, with the other two Mercedes entries in the garage #V8SC

Several top runners are being casually reminded to be careful on fuel to ensure they make it home #V8SC

Gap at the front between Van Gisbergen and Whincup is 6.5s with 15 laps to go #V8SC

Alex Davison crashes at Turn 8 on Lap 65. Safety Car coming #V8SC

Davison had been trying to follow R.Kelly through on Scott Pye for 12th #V8SC

Safety Car finally called. SVG’s seven second margin disappears #V8SC

A double-file restart would have been interesting at this point of the day! #V8SC

Bright pits for a fresh set of tyres. Todd Kelly is running the same strategy #V8SC

Restart could hurt FPR with team reporting gearbox issues currently in its W.Davison (6th) and Winterbottom (7th) cars #V8SC

We had run 143 laps under green across Races 1 and 2 before A.Davison’s crash #V8SC

Race restarts on Lap 68 of 78 #V8SC

Van Gisbergen gets a quick gap as Whincup and Lowndes have to negotiate the lapped David Wall #V8SC

Whincup drops to fourth and then moves back up to second again in the space of three corners. Ingall now third ahead of Lowndes #V8SC

Lowndes had dived up the inside of Whincup into Turn 6, knocking Whincup wide. Ingall took second at Turn 8, but had Lowndes bowl him wide at Turn 9 #V8SC

Carnage at the final corner sees heavy damage to several cars including that of Tander and T.Kelly #V8SC

Replays show Bright spun R.Kelly at Turn 14, with Tander and T.Kelly saw joining the shunt #V8SC

Top 10 on Lap 70: Van Giz, Whincup, Lowndes, Ingall, Davison, Winterbottom, McLaughlin, Courtney, D’Alberto, Webb #V8SC

Winterbottom takes Davison at Turn 4. McLaughlin fending off Courtney for seventh #V8SC

Courtney bumps McLaughlin wide at Turn 11. Fujitsu Holden drops behind JC and D’Alberto to ninth #V8SC

Van Gisbergen leads Whincup by 2.3s with six laps to go #V8SC

Winterbottom has closed on Ingall in the battle for fourth #V8SC

Race Control observing damage on front of Ingall’s car #V8SC

Gap between Van Gisbergen and Whincup is 1.8s with two to go #V8SC

Van Gisbergen begins the last lap with an unchanged 1.8s margin #V8SC

Van Gisbergen takes his third V8 Supercars Championship race victory and the first for Tekno Autosports #V8SC

Whincup finishes 2.2s adrift in second with Lowndes rounding out the podium #V8SC

SVG sweeps pole position, fastest lap and the race victory #V8SC

Result: Van Giz, Whincup, Lowndes, Ingall, Winterbottom, Davison, Courtney, D’Alberto, McLaughlin, Webb #V8SC

Remaining finishers: Pye, Fiore, Moffat, R.Kelly, Blanchard, Wall, Holdsworth #V8SC

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