Shane van Gisbergen was declared the winner of shortened Race 3 at the Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint.
The Triple Eight driver led home team-mates Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes across the line when the race conducted one final lap under Safety Car following a huge multiple crash that saw officials suspend the race for 50 minutes.
The incident was triggered by initial contact involving Fabian Coulthard (DJR Team Penske) and Rick Kelly, which then sparked further contact between Cameron Waters (Prodrive) and Garth Tander (GRM).
Tander’s Commodore, which was broadside on the run to Turn 4, resulted in a crash involving 12 cars.
Will Davison, Tim Slade, Nick Percat, Tim Blanchard, James Moffat, Scott Pye, James Courtney, Alex Rullo, Taz Douglas and Simona De Silvestro were also involved in the ensuing carnage.
“First and foremost it’s good to hear everyone is okay,” said van Gisbergen.
“That’s a hard one. On that first lap I followed Chaz to the hairpin. The sun was out, there was a lot of spray, and I could hardly see – and that was only one car. I can see it wouldn’t have bene easy to avoid.
“I don’t really care about (winning the shortened race). I just hope we can have a good field tomorrow, everyone can fix their cars, and everyone is okay. I’m not sure what will happen points-wise, it’s not high on the prioirty list.”
Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds finished fourth ahead of Chaz Mostert, Jason Bright, Mark Winterbottom, Dale Wood, Todd Kelly and Cameron Waters.
Championship points were awarded.
Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Tyrepower Tasmania Race 3
|1||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||4||54:29.0032|
|2||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||4||54:29.3984|
|3||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||4||54:29.7262|
|4||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||4||54:30.2673|
|5||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||4||54:30.7402|
|6||MEGA Racing||Jason Bright||Ford Falcon FG/X||4||54:31.1528|
|7||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||4||54:31.7045|
|8||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||4||54:32.9691|
|9||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||4||54:33.5117|
|10||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||4||54:34.1698|
|11||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||4||54:34.8962|
|12||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||4||54:35.3686|
|13||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||4||54:35.9839|
|14||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||4||54:36.5567|
|15||Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||4||54:57.4336|
|DNF||Sengled Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1||1:09.8932|
|DNF||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:10.2892|
|DNF||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:10.8185|
|DNF||BIANTE 1:1||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:11.2354|
|DNF||Team CoolDrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:11.7532|
|DNF||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:11.8879|
|DNF||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:12.6933|
|DNF||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:12.9604|
|DNF||Repair Management Aust Racing||Alex Rullo||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:13.3546|
|DNF||TEKNO Woodstock Racing||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:14.3490|
|DNF||Repair Management Aust Racing||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VF||1||1:15.0123|
|1||Shane Van Gisbergen||450|
|17||Simona De Silvestro||144|