Shane van Gisbergen tames wet Race 26

Wet weather greeted the field for Race 26

Wet weather greeted the field for Race 26

Tekno Autosports’ Shane van Gisbergen made light work of tricky wet conditions to take a comfortable victory in Race 26 at the Sydney Motorsport Park 400.

The Kiwi proved imperious in the slippery conditions as he surged from sixth on the grid to inherit the lead after capitalising on a mistake from Jamie Whincup.

The Holden driver stayed cool despite two Safety Car periods to take the chequered flag in the first wet V8 Supercars Championship race since 2011.

Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander produced an equally impressive drive to come home in second, having started from 14th on the grid, while Craig Lowndes pipped Red Bull team-mate Jamie Whincup to the final podium place.

Rain began to fall an hour before the start, leaving drivers facing treacherous track conditions.

Polesitter Whincup managed to get the power down at the start to lead the field into the first turn from Scott McLaughlin, while van Gisbergen surged from sixth to third with a lightening start.

Lowndes held firm in fourth while the Nissan’s of Rick Kelly and Michael Caruso struggle for traction at the start.

The slippery conditions claimed its first victim when the field reached Turn 3 as David Reynolds was tagged into a spin.

Slade's Holden took flight after clipping the stranded Reynolds

Slade’s Holden took flight after clipping the stranded Reynolds

The Ford Performance Racing runner was collected hard by Tim Slade with the impact sending the South Australian’s Commodore up onto two wheels. The incident brought out the Safety Car.

Whincup led from the restart but behind there was plenty of action as van Gisbergen slipped down the inside for McLaughlin for second, while Garth Tander moved into an impressive fifth.

However, by lap seven the conditions caught out Whincup as he ran wide and gifted the lead to van Gisbergen.

The reigning champion continued to slide down the field as McLaughlin and Lowndes both found a way passed the Red Bull driver.

Meanwhile, out in front van Gisbergen had built up a healthy lead from McLaughlin and seemed in control of the race.

Championship contender Mark Winterbottom was another driver struggling for speed languishing in 18th spot one place behind his qualifying position.

The Safety Car was deployed for a second time as the race reached the halfway mark when McLaughlin suffered an engine failure and parked his Volvo at Turn 2.

Winterbottom pitted under the Safety Car for a fresh set of wet tyres dropping three positions.

As a result, Lowndes moved into second while Whincup was forced to fend off Tander for third.

Tander’s glory drive continued on the restart by moving into second with slick passes on the Red Bull duo of Whincup and Lowndes.

Behind the battles in the midfield were frantic while Caruso began to size up Whincup for fourth spot.

There was no stopping van Gisbergen at the front as he took the race win from Tander and Lowndes.

Whincup came home in fifth ahead of Nissan Motorsport’s Caruso, Rick Kelly, Erebus Motorsport’s Will Davison, James Courtney and Jason Bright.

Dick Johnson racing’s Scott Pye 10th position from Lee Holdsworth on the start/finish straight.

Winterbottom’s pit stop proved to be a smart move from FPR as he scythed his way through the field to recover to 12th place.

Race 27 will begin at 4.30pm local time.

Race 26 Results

Position Team Driver Car Laps Time
1 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 25 47:54.8944
2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 25 48:04.0509
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 25 48:11.6177
4 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 25 48:15.3656
5 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 25 48:15.6817
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 25 48:16.8819
7 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 25 48:17.1025
8 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 25 48:18.7288
9 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 25 48:20.0693
10 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 25 48:27.9821
11 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 25 48:27.9918
12 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 25 48:30.7212
13 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 25 48:30.7463
14 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 25 48:31.6239
15 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 25 48:31.9995
16 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 25 48:32.1963
17 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 25 48:33.4957
18 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 25 48:33.7525
19 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 25 48:34.2502
20 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 25 48:34.4502
DNF Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 16 33:06.7341
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 16 33:31.3468
DNF Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 11 22:04.2723
DNF Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF  1  2:57.6916
DNF The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG  1  4:01.3141


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