Van Gisbergen beats Whincup to Race 36 win

Sunday 6th December, 2015 - 5:56pm

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Van Gisbergen signed off at Tekno with victory

Van Gisbergen signed off at Tekno with victory

Shane van Gisbergen sent a message to future team-mate Jamie Whincup with a commanding drive to victory in the season finale at Sydney Olympic Park.

On his last drive for Tekno Autosports, Van Gisbergen survived a Safety Car restart with four laps to go to beat Whincup to the chequered flag by just 0.4s.

The final sprint came at the end of a gruelling 250km contest in hot conditions to bring the curtain down on the V8 Supercars season.

James Courtney made the most of pole position to lead the early stages, but immediately found himself under attack from the aggressive Van Gisbergen.

A dive from the Kiwi at Turn 9 on lap four tipped the HRT Commodore into a half-spin, sustaining right-rear panel damage against the tyre wall.

The wounded Courtney dropped places to Van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom, Whincup and Scott McLaughlin before making an early first stop to repair the damage.

A small mistake from Winterbottom at the Turn 2 chicane then let Whincup through to second, just as the Safety Car was called for a crash from Tim Slade.

The Supercheap Holden made heavy head-on contact with the concrete at the penultimate corner on lap 11 after suffering a stuck throttle.

That triggered the first round of stops for the majority of the front-runners and set up a tense battle between Van Gisbergen and Whincup for the following 20 laps.

Whincup proved the first to blink, dropping 10 seconds behind when he ran down the escape road at Turn 8 as the second stops approached.

The deficit was six seconds after the final stops and remained stagnant until Steve Owen’s Falcon stopped on track with broken right-front suspension, triggering the final yellow.

Rick Kelly took a fine third for Nissan as his team farewelled long-time primary sponsor Jack Daniel’s.

The former champion breifly split the two Holdens following Whincup’s mistake, but fell back to third in the second stops.

McLaughlin appeared set for fourth until pitting the #33 Volvo with steering problems with just over 20 of the 74 laps remaining.

That moved new champion Winterbottom and stablemate David Reynolds up to fourth and fifth respectively.

Lowndes sealed the teams’ championship for Red Bull with sixth, completing the Holden squad’s late season charge.

With Courtney 12th after being forced into a three-stop strategy due to his damage, Lee Holdsworth proved the top Walkinshaw runner in seventh.

Michael Caruso, Scott Pye and Fabian Coulthard completed the top 10, with the Kiwi ending his stint at Brad Jones Racing on a quiet note.

Team-mate Jason Bright vaulted into the top five thanks to an early first stop and the subsequent timing of the Safety Car, but eventually finished 21st after a wheel failure.

Chris Pither joined Owen and Slade on the retirements list after a late clash with David Wall, who was just 17th after running among the top 10 for much of the race.

Result: V8 Supercars Coates Hire Sydney 500 Race 36

1 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 74 01:59:24.7481
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 74 01:59:25.1539
3 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 74 01:59:27.4882
4 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 74 01:59:28.4260
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 74 01:59:29.1568
6 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 74 01:59:30.2107
7 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 74 01:59:31.5100
8 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 74 01:59:32.1633
9 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 74 01:59:32.7974
10 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 74 01:59:33.4411
11 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 74 01:59:38.1313
12 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 74 01:59:40.2687
13 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 74 01:59:41.0666
14 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 74 01:59:42.1219
15 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 74 01:59:42.9939
16 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 74 01:59:47.6496
17 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 74 01:59:54.6731
18 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 73 01:59:51.7820
19 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 69 01:59:43.7482
20 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 69 01:59:43.9611
21 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 69 01:59:48.9819
DNF Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 72 01:57:06.4806
DNF Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 52 01:44:29.2699
DNF Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF  9    14:18.0701
EXC Repair Management Aust Racing Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF

Championship Standings

1 Mark Winterbottom 3246
2 Craig Lowndes 3008
3 David Reynolds 2910
4 Shane van Gisbergen 2712
5 Jamie Whincup 2647
6 Garth Tander 2584
7 Fabian Coulthard 2542
8 Scott McLaughlin 2205
9 Rick Kelly 2154
10 James Courtney 2110
11 Chaz Mostert 2017
12 Michael Caruso 1898
13 Tim Slade 1764
14 Lee Holdsworth 1699
15 Will Davison 1672
16 Jason Bright 1671
17 Todd Kelly 1664
18 James Moffat 1643
19 Scott Pye 1589
20 Dale Wood 1322
21 Tim Blanchard 1272
22 Nick Percat 1204
23 David Wall 1118
24 Andre Heimgartner 1068
25 Ash Walsh 769
26 Jack Perkins 747
27 Warren Luff 747
28 Dean Canto 733
29 Steve Owen 706
30 Jonathan Webb 699
31 Steven Richards 681
32 Cameron Waters 595
33 Luke Youlden 516
34 David Russell 492
35 Alex Premat 492
36 Tony D’Alberto 462
37 Alex Davison 427
38 Sebastien Bourdais 423
39 Taz Douglas 416
40 Russell Ingall 414
41 Paul Dumbrell 410
42 Dean Fiore 399
43 Marcos Ambrose 395
44 Andrew Jones 345
45 Macauley Jones 327
46 Karl Reindler 288
47 Alex Buncombe 276
48 Chris Pither 264
49 Oliver Gavin 258
50 Ant Pedersen 185
51 Jack Le Brocq 144
52 Aaren Russell 108
53 Drew Russell 108
54 Simona de Silvestro 84
55 Renee Gracie 84

V8 Supercars Teams Championship Standings

1 Red Bull Racing Australia 5690
2 Pepsi Max Crew PRA 5554
3 Holden Racing Team 5191
4 Brad Jones Racing 4288
5 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Motorsport 3818
6 Nissan Motorsport 3591
7 Wilson Security Racing GRM 3323
8 The Bottle-O Racing PRA 2910
9 Team Darrell Lea STIX Tekno Autosports 2737
10 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 2676
11 Erebus Motorsport 2621
12 Supercheap Auto Racing 1779
13 DJR Team Penske 1754
14 Walkinshaw Racing 1699
15 GB Galvanizing Racing 1367
16 Super Black Racing 1231
17 Novocastrian Motorsport 108
18 Harvey Norman Supergirls 84

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