Van Gisbergen storms to maiden Red Bull win

Friday 18th March, 2016 - 3:06pm

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Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen charged from fifth on the grid to score his first victory for Red Bull in the opening V8 Supercars heat at Albert Park.

The Kiwi snuck down the inside of Chaz Mostert at Turn 1, before making his way around a warring Fabian Coulthard and Mark Winterbottom later in the opening lap.

A Safety Car intervention followed to recover the Nissan of Todd Kelly, which pulled off on the front straight in a cloud of smoke.

Pole-sitter Jamie Whincup was able to fend off team-mate Van Gisbergen on the double-file restart, but proved unable to hang on for long.

Locking a left-front as he defended into Turn 13, Whincup ran fractionally wide, allowing Van Gisbergen to take the place.

Just 0.5s separated the Red Bull duo at the flag as Whincup tried his utmost to redeem his error in the closing stages.

The race was eventually called a lap short of its scheduled 12 lap duration due to the lengthy early Safety Car.

Mostert lost third to Coulthard on the restart, but regained the place with a clean move on his Ford rival into Turn 3 on lap 9.

Coulthard had earlier spun Mostert’s team-mate Winterbottom at the high speed Turn 11 as the pair battled for third on the opening lap.

Winterbottom found himself facing backwards after turning in on the DJR Team Penske Ford and eventually finished down in 21st.

Scott Pye drove from 10th on the grid to fifth having survived an opening turn tangle with Jason Bright that spun the Team BOC Holden, which was subsequently parked with damage.

Garth Tander carved his way from 15th to sixth ahead of Craig Lowndes, James Courtney, Scott McLaughlin and Cameron Waters.

The second of four V8 Supercars races for the weekend will take place from 1820 this evening.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 1, Albert Park

1
Red Bull Racing Australia
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:24.09
2
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:24.61
3
Supercheap Auto Racing
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
11
26:26.71
4
DJR Team Penske
Fabian Coulthard
Ford Falcon FG/X
11
26:27.73
5
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
11
26:28.63
6
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:29.15
7
Team Vortex
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:30.46
8
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:31.52
9
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
11
26:32.53
10
Prodrive Racing Australia
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG/X
11
26:33.14
11
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
11
26:33.57
12
Freightliner Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:33.93
13
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
11
26:35.40
14
Superblack Racing
Chris Pither
Ford Falcon FG/X
11
26:36.44
15
Preston Hire Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:36.86
16
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Will Davison
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:37.96
17
Erebus Motorsport Penrite
David Reynolds
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:40.07
18
Wilson Security Racing GRM
James Moffat
Volvo S60
11
26:42.38
19
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Nissan Altima
11
26:42.91
20
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:43.42
21
The Bottle-O Racing Team
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
11
26:43.82
22
LD Motorsports
Andre Heimgartner
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:46.64
23
Plus Fitness Racing
Aaren Russell
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:48.83
24
LD Motorsports
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
11
26:58.91
DNF
carsales Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
1
02:15.18
DNF
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF

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