SVG doubles up as Whincup, McLaughlin hit trouble
Shane van Gisbergen claimed a deserved Adelaide 500 double victory after early contenders Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin hit trouble.
The pole-sitter was forced to follow Whincup for the first half of the race before a gearbox drama for Car #1 saw van Gisbergen inherit the lead on lap 31.
Van Gisbergen briefly lost the advantage after the second round of pit stops to Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds before retaking the lead at Turn 9 as the race entered the final third.
Reynolds stayed in touch with van Gisbergen with the lead hovering around the second mark until the chequered flag.
Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Garth Tander, who started eighth, completed the podium with 3.6s covering a Holden ZB Commodore one-two-three.
A puncture for McLaughlin took the Shell V-Power Racing Ford out of third on lap 26 and he was left to fight back to 10th, after being forced into a three stop race.
Whincup reacted best at the start to lead pole-sitter van Gisbergen to the Senna chicane, while McLaughlin followed with Mark Winterbottom in fourth.
The reigning champion seemed to have the edge over his team-mate van Gisbergen and rejoined in the lead with a 10 second advantage after the first round of pit stops.
Van Gisbergen ducked into the pits early in the race along with Winterbottom, James Courtney and Will Davison, the latter two pitted on the first lap having been languishing in the mid pack.
Despite a messy stop, van Gisbergen emerged ahead of Winterbottom and Courtney in a net second position.
McLaughlin held third after taking service but his race was soon dealt a blow when the Kiwi suffered a right front puncture at Turn 9, believed to have been caused by debris.
The issue fell well before the critical lap for refuelling to get home.
However, worse was to unfold for the race leader when Whincup suddenly slowed with a transmission issue.
He managed to crawl back to the pit lane before combination of marshals and team crew pushed the car back to the garage.
Amazingly, it proved to be his first retirement in 137 Supercars races.
“Fast car, we were under control. Gearbox temp was going up and up and up,” said Whincup.
“We could see it coming but nothing you can do, you just got to keep pressing on and then bang, no drive.
“Unfortunate, it’s the one that got away but that’s motorsport I guess.”
This handed team-mate van Gisbergen the lead from Winterbottom, Courtney, Reynolds and Tander.
Reynolds briefly emerged in the lead after the final round of stops but it was short-lived as van Gisbergen dived underneath the Erebus driver, who offered little in response, to grab the effective lead at Turn 9.
The pair were hotly pursued by Tander, who jumped Winterbottom after his final stop.
However, Winterbottom was the next of the lead group to hit trouble after he incurred a pit lane penalty for kerb hopping, much to the bemusement of the driver and team.
He rejoined the race in 13th spot after the visit to pit lane, where he would ultimately finish.
Van Gisbergen came under pressure from Reynolds in the final laps but refused to buckle under the pressure on the way to the chequered flag.
Tander followed the pair home in third ahead of Tickford Racing’s Chaz Mostert, who spent the majority of the race inside the top 10.
Tickford Racing team-mate Cameron Waters took fifth while Courtney (Walkinshaw Andretti United) completed a solid drive to sixth.
Craig Lowndes produced an impressive recovery from 17th to seventh, with the top 10 rounded out by Scott Pye (Walkinshaw Andretti United), Michael Caruso (Nissan Motorsport) and McLaughlin.
Fabian Coulthard’s difficult weekend in the #12 Shell Ford ended in 16th position.
The Supercars Championship will continue at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix from March 22-25.
Results: Race 2, Adelaide 500
|1||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:02.0912|
|2||9||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:02.9159|
|3||33||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:05.7234|
|4||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||1:48:08.0475|
|5||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||1:48:13.3618|
|6||25||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:16.0416|
|7||888||Autobarn Lowndes Racing||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:16.7742|
|8||2||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:18.9771|
|9||23||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||78||1:48:19.3629|
|10||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||1:48:27.1774|
|11||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:27.8893|
|12||230||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||1:48:32.3259|
|13||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||1:48:32.8185|
|14||15||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||78||1:48:37.0146|
|15||8||Blackwoods Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:37.6686|
|16||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||1:48:44.2760|
|17||99||Erebus Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:48:46.1367|
|18||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima||78||1:48:53.9375|
|19||34||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||78||1:49:05.2937|
|20||56||Tickford Racing||Richie Stanaway||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||1:49:08.4458|
|21||35||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Ford Falcon FG/X||77||1:48:25.9974|
|22||19||Tekno Autosports||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||77||1:48:28.4788|
|23||21||CoolDrive Racing||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore ZB||71||1:48:14.9109|
|24||18||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:49:21.6532|
|25||7||Nissan Motorsport||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||61||1:48:37.2417|
|DNF||1||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||30||41:22.4356|
|1||Shane van Gisbergen||300|
|16||Anton De Pasquale||102|
|17||Simona de Silvestro||102|
|22||Jack Le Brocq||84|