Van Gisbergen holds out Coulthard in Race 4

Sunday 20th March, 2016 - 12:58pm

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Coulthard swept to second at Turn 1

Coulthard swept to second at Turn 1

Shane van Gisbergen secured weekend honours for the Coates Hire V8 Supercars Challenge at Albert Park after fending off a determined Fabian Coulthard in Race 4.

Van Gisbergen controlled the double-file rolling start from pole and led every one of the 12 laps to take his third race win of the weekend.

While the previous two heats had been all Triple Eight affairs at the front, Coulthard and DJR Team Penske proved the wildcard in today’s battle.

Coulthard swept around the outside of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes into Turn 1 on the opening lap to settle into second.

The Detroit backed Ford driver kept the pressure on his countryman for the bulk of the race before Van Gisbergen edged away in the closing stages.

“Yesterday we tried something that didn’t really work, so we tried another thing today to keep up with the track,” said Van Gisbergen.

“In the first few laps I thought we were in a bit of trouble. It took me a while to get the bars right but once the tyres came up I was able to drive away.

“Fabian was really pacey in those first couple of laps. I was enjoying holding him off. It was a good fight.”

Lowndes finished third after Whincup was forced to pull off the road at Turn 11 in the early laps with a mechanical issue.

James Courtney came home fourth after a spirited battle with Michael Caruso. The pair rubbed panels at Turn 1 on the final lap in a move that saw the Holden Racing Team driver take the place.

Garth Tander, Scott Pye, Rick Kelly, Chaz Mostert and Tim Slade completed the top 10.

Tander and Mostert were shuffled back when they made contact at Turn 4 on the second lap after the HRT driver attempted a lunge on Whincup for fourth.

Trying to make the most of Tander’s resulting loss of momentum, Mostert dived to the inside, resulting in side-to-side contact and a wild slide for the Ford.

Along with Whincup, David Reynolds was the race’s other retirement, pitting after contact with Chris Pither at Turn 1 on the opening lap.

“I held my line and he turned in hard from the outside,” said Reynolds.

“The impact broke a wheel and bent several things on the car.  There was nothing to gain staying out there”

Result: V8 Supercars Race 4, Albert Park

1
Red Bull Racing Australia
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
23:53.83
01:58.47
2
DJR Team Penske
Fabian Coulthard
Ford Falcon FG/X
23:55.09
01:58.53
3
Team Vortex
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
23:56.62
01:58.56
4
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
23:57.84
01:58.67
5
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
23:58.37
01:58.50
6
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
24:00.24
01:58.54
7
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:01.12
01:58.63
8
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
24:01.52
01:58.57
9
Supercheap Auto Racing
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:03.87
01:58.51
10
Freightliner Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
24:04.22
01:58.91
11
The Bottle-O Racing Team
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:05.69
01:58.93
12
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
24:07.69
01:58.98
13
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Will Davison
Holden Commodore VF
24:08.11
01:59.27
14
Prodrive Racing Australia
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:10.27
01:59.43
15
LD Motorsports
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
24:15.01
01:59.63
16
Wilson Security Racing GRM
James Moffat
Volvo S60
24:18.88
01:59.25
17
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
24:19.46
01:59.81
18
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Nissan Altima
24:20.31
01:59.85
19
Preston Hire Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
24:20.83
01:59.68
20
carsales Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
24:21.43
01:59.97
21
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
24:22.11
02:00.00
22
LD Motorsports
Andre Heimgartner
Holden Commodore VF
24:22.49
02:00.16
23
Superblack Racing
Chris Pither
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:23.19
01:59.77
24
Plus Fitness Racing
Aaren Russell
Holden Commodore VF
24:29.73
02:00.57
DNF
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
04:03.17
01:59.24
DNF
Erebus Motorsport Penrite
David Reynolds
Holden Commodore VF

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