Victory for van Gisbergen in Race 12

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Saturday 26th April, 2014 - 2:58pm

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Shane van Gisbergen had Kiwi fans on their feet

Shane van Gisbergen had Kiwi fans on their feet

Shane van Gisbergen added his name to the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship winner’s list on a day where Mark Winterbottom took the series lead.

Van Gisbergen started the 100km race from fourth on the grid, beginning his charge by overtaking Winterbottom around the outside of Turn 4 on the opening lap.

The charging Kiwi passed Jamie Whincup for second shortly after an early Safety Car restart and was then immediately onto the back of his race leading countrymen Scott McLaughlin.

After a thrilling battle, the Tekno Holden took the lead on Lap 8 of 35 and showed the way for the duration.

“That was awesome,” said van Gisbergen.

“I had to get pretty aggressive at the start, as Scotty’s spaceship is so quick, I knew I had to get him,” said van Gisbergen.

“Mark was coming at the end, but so stoked for everyone especially the crowd.”

Winterbottom methodically cut through both Whincup and McLaughlin before closing to within just 0.3s of the winner at the flag.

“The car was really good, but it is so hard to pass; especially a Kiwi on home soil makes it even harder I can tell you,” said Winterbottom.

“A win in the first race today and second in that one; I can’t wait until tomorrow. The lead in the championship sounds good I’m happy with that.”

With Craig Lowndes finishing 10th, Winterbottom now leads the standings by two points heading into Sunday’s 200km encounter.

McLaughlin eventually held off Whincup in a close battle for third.

The pair had twice traded places while disputing the lead on the opening lap; the Red Bull Holden sweeping around the outside at Turn 1 before losing out to the Volvo into the chicane.

“If I couldn’t win, at least it was a Kiwi,” said McLaughlin.

“All these fans come to see a New Zealander have a crack and we put on a good show.”

Garth Tander and David Reynolds finished on the tail of the podium battle in fourth and fifth respectively.

Nick Percat continued his impressive run in seventh ahead of James Moffat, Scott Pye and Lowndes, who survived two mid-race off-track excursions on a difficult day for the three-time champion.

The Safety Car had been called at the end of the opeing lap after a dispute between Pye and Jason Bright through the opening corners ended with the Team BOC Holden in the Turn 4 exit wall.

Bright finished 23rd after pitting to fix bodywork damage. He fared one place better than Race 11 sparing partner Tim Slade, who dropped to the back with a puncture after the restart.

RESULTS: Race 12 – ITM 500 Auckland – Pukekohe Park

Position Car Driver Team Car
1  97  Shane van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF
2   5  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
3  33  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
4   1  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
5   2  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
6  55  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG
7 222  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF
8 360  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
9  16  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
10 888  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
11  14  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF
12  22  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
13  36  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
14  23  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF
15  15  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
16   6  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
17   4  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
18   9  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
19   7  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
20  21  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF
21  34  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
22  18  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG
23   8  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF
24  47  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Position Driver Points
1  Mark Winterbottom 791
2  Craig Lowndes 789
3  Fabian Coulthard 740
4  James Courtney 718
5  Jamie Whincup 697
6  Shane van Gisbergen 682
7  David Reynolds 538
8  Scott McLaughlin 513
9  Tim Slade 508
10  Lee Holdsworth 502
11  Jason Bright 490
12  Will Davison 476
13  Garth Tander 462
14  James Moffat 449
15  Russell Ingall 434
16  Michael Caruso 429
17  Rick Kelly 422
18  Chaz Mostert 398
19  Scott Pye 387
20  Jack Perkins 373
21  David Wall 370
22  Dale Wood 356
23  Nick Percat 314
24  Todd Kelly 313
25  Robert Dahlgren 201

 

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