Double victory for Van Gisbergen at Albert Park
Shane van Gisbergen made it two wins from two starts by holding out Craig Lowndes in Race 2 of the MSS Security Challenge at Albert Park.
Lining up on pole thanks to his Race 1 success, the Tekno Autosports Holden driver made the best of the double-file rolling start to retain the lead into the opening corner.
He fought off the advances of Scott McLaughlin for the first half-lap, before the Volvo driver slipped to fifth by running wide at Turn 11.
Lowndes then took up the challenge, tracking Van Gisbergen before eventually having to settle for second.
Fabian Coulthard, Michael Caruso, McLaughlin, Garth Tander, Jamie Whincup and Jason Bright filled third through eighth after the opening lap shuffle and held station until the chequered flag.
Whincup had been forced to start seventh after copping a five-place grid penalty for forcing McLaughlin onto the grass in Race 1.
Chaz Mostert, Will Davison and Rick Kelly greeted the flag in ninth through 11th after all benefiting from a late-race James Moffat off at Turn 13.
The second Norton Nissan had run as high as sixth at the end of the opening lap before running wide while battling Tander’s Holden.
Tander again proved to be the only competitive Walkinshaw runner, with team-mates James Courtney, Nick Percat and Tim Slade finishing 15th through 17th.
Scott Pye endured a difficult afternoon. The DJR Ford driver received a post-race time penalty for spinning David Reynolds in Race 1, ensuring his lined up last.
A start motor failure on the grid then required a change and a pitlane start. He eventually finished a lap down in last place.
A further two 12 lap V8 Supercar races will take place across Saturday and Sunday.
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||12||23:58.7720|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||12||23:59.3239|
|3||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:00.6313|
|4||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||12||24:01.4437|
|5||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||12||24:02.3916|
|6||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:07.4400|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:07.8754|
|8||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:08.3106|
|9||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:08.9104|
|10||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||12||24:11.4890|
|11||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||12||24:11.6833|
|12||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||12||24:14.3771|
|13||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||12||24:15.9313|
|14||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:16.2829|
|15||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:16.8329|
|16||Walkinshaw Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:17.4177|
|17||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:18.1631|
|18||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:21.3360|
|19||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||12||24:21.8656|
|20||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||12||24:24.5714|
|21||Team ADVAM / GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:25.2420|
|22||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:25.7990|
|23||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:27.1393|
|24||Jeld-wen||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:30.4325|
|25||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||11||24:35.3782|