SVG scores Holden’s 500th win in Race 4

Shane van Gisbergen celebrates victory

Shane van Gisbergen celebrates victory

Shane van Gisbergen chalked up Holden’s 500th ATCC/V8 Supercars race victory in a dominant display for Triple Eight at Symmons Plains.

Van Gisbergen beat home team-mate Jamie Whincup and customer Triple Eight runner Will Davison in the 120km sprint race, taking the championship lead in the process.

Pole-sitter Mark Winterbottom led the early stages but saw his chances of victory evaporate when he overshot the pit box during his stop on lap 8 of 50.

Winterbottom rejoined in a net seventh and, although able to make his way back around a struggling Fabian Coulthard, fell to ninth in the closing stages while fighting those on better rubber.

Seventh-placed starter Whincup meanwhile headed in the opposite direction, taking Rick Kelly and Lee Holdsworth on the opening lap before pitting as soon as the window opened at the end of lap four.

A quick stop and strong pace enabled the six-time champion to emerge from the pitstop cycle with the effective lead of the race.

His advantage didn’t last long, however, with Van Gisbergen pulling off an inside move on his team-mate at the Turn 4 hairpin on lap 18.

Van Gisbergen had earlier made a clean move on his other team-mate Lowndes for second in the opening laps, underlining the blistering form he showed at Albert Park two weeks ago.

The Kiwi slid his way to the flag a second clear of Whincup, who found himself fending off a fast-finishing Davison.

Lowndes had appeared on course for third after the stops but lost positions to Davison and an impressive Rick Kelly in the closing stages.

Brad Jones Racing went long on strategy, subsequently allowing drivers Jason Bright and Tim Slade to charge through to sixth and eighth respectively while on fresh rubber.

Cameron Waters split the duo in seventh, while Prodrive team-mate’s Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert were ninth and 10th respectively.

Coulthard plummeted to an eventual 18th as he struggled with brakes on his Ford, four places behind DJR Team Penske team-mate Scott Pye.

Lee Holdsworth failed to repeat his fourth place qualifying result in 12th, while Scott McLaughlin fared worst of all, suffering engine problems from the outset.

The V8 Supercars will return to the track tomorrow for qualifying and the 200km Race 5.

Result: V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint Race 4

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 50 44:25.1871
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 50 44:26.1259
3 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 50 44:26.3216
4 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 50 44:32.7025
5 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 50 44:35.3083
6 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 50 44:38.1988
7 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 50 44:40.5019
8 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 50 44:42.4744
9 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 50 44:42.8105
10 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 50 44:43.3541
11 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 50 44:45.5248
12 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 50 44:45.9401
13 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 50 44:48.8363
14 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 50 44:49.9038
15 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 50 44:50.0851
16 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 50 44:54.7583
17 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 50 44:55.7998
18 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 50 44:56.8497
19 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 50 44:56.8785
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 50 44:57.0655
21 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 50 44:57.3561
22 Team GB Galvanizing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 50 44:57.6257
23 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 50 45:03.6872
24 ARBO/Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 50 45:03.9425
25 ABRO/Repair Management Aust Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 50 45:12.4932
26 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 40 45:01.9393

Championship Standings

1 Shane Van Gisbergen 347
2 Jamie Whincup 345
3 Rick Kelly 291
4 Cameron Waters 280
5 Will Davison 267
6 Michael Caruso 264
7 Craig Lowndes 264
8 Jason Bright 261
9 Garth Tander 259
10 James Courtney 252
11 Mark Winterbottom 249
12 Todd Kelly 229
13 David Reynolds 223
14 Scott McLaughlin 216
15 Nick Percat 204
16 Scott Pye 199
17 Fabian Coulthard 178
18 Tim Blanchard 164
19 Tim Slade 162
20 Lee Holdsworth 159
21 Chaz Mostert 155
22 James Moffat 141
23 Andre Heimgartner 119
24 Dale Wood  86
25 Chris Pither  79
26 Aaren Russell  45

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