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Verstappen stars as van Gisbergen does the double

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Wednesday 15th April, 2020 - 9:18pm

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Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbegen completed a clean sweep at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Round 2 of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries in a tightly fought contest with Max Verstappen.

The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver was a standout in his wildcard appearance, claiming three second-place finishes in his Eseries debut.

Race 6, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Shane van Gisbergen came out on top in Race 6 of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries in a dominant performance for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.

Initially, it was van Gisbergen who got the holeshot into Turn 1. However, Penrite Racing driver Will Brown was quickest away to surge through to second from fourth on the grid.

Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Scott McLaughlin was also quick away but spun on his own out of Turn 1 after clobbering the inside kerb.

Walkinshaw Andretti United driver Chaz Mostert was another victim of the Turn 1 chaos after what looked like contact with Verstappen.

Further afield, NED Racing driver Andre Heimgartner sought to make ground early on. He got to the inside of Bryce Fullwood at Turn 6 and gave the Walkinshaw Andretti United youngster a hip check.

Fullwood was cast wide and put into the gravel, but Heimgartner soon had dramas of his own as he spun at Turn 9 and took Monster Racing driver Cameron Waters with him towards the concrete wall.

Penrite Racing’s Anton De Pasquale managed to make it through the chaos and Fullwood followed him through.

At the end of Lap 1, Mark Winterbottom went wide out of the final corner but managed to recover.

Still, at the front of the field, it was van Gisbergen who led Verstappen. Brown was third with De Pasquale not far behind in fourth, though they soon swapped places.

The final stanza of the race was a relatively quiet affair at the front of the field. Ultimately, van Gisbergen claimed the win over Verstappen with De Pasquale third.

Mostert and McLaughlin recovered to claim 11th and 12th respectively.

Results: Race 6 (Provisional)

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Diff
1 Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB 8 Laps
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB +1.697s
3 Anton De Pasquale Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB +2.508s
4 Will Brown Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB +4.64s
5 Bryce Fullwood Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Holden Commodore ZB +5.674s
6 Nick Percat Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB +10.801s
7 Will Davison Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang +11.15s
8 Andre Heimgartner NED Racing Ford Mustang +11.526s
9 Cameron Waters Monster Energy Racing Ford Mustang +12.202s
10 Jake Kostecki Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB +14.185s
11 Chaz Mostert Mobil 1 Appliances Online Racing Holden Commodore ZB +16.567s
12 Scott McLaughlin Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang +22.2s
13 Garry Jacobson Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB +23.48s
14 Lee Holdsworth Truck Assist Racing Ford Mustang +25.321s
15 Rick Kelly Castrol Racing Ford Mustang +26.025s
16 Todd Hazelwood Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB +27.261s
17 Mark Winterbottom Irwin Racing Holden Commodore ZB +27.851s
18 Jack Le Brocq Supercheap Auto Racing Ford Mustang +36.764s
19 Macauley Jones Team CoolDrive Holden Commodore ZB +37.008s
20 Fabian Coulthard Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang +52.999s
21 Alex Davison Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB +56.851s
22 Zane Goddard Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB +57.524s
23 Scott Pye Team 18 Holden Commodore ZB +60.245s
24 Chris Pither Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB +83.065s
25 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB +1 Laps
26 Jack Smith SCT Logistics Holden Commodore ZB +1 Laps

Race 7, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Race 7 of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries saw yet another one-two for the Red Bull racers of Shane van Gisbergen and Max Verstappen.

Pole position winner Anton De Pasquale got the jump, but the long run down to Turn 1 allowed van Gisbergen to get a tow and slip down the inside on approach to the first turn.

The Kiwi completed a pass and just moments later De Pasquale spun on his own out of Turn 2.

Carnage ensued and saw Will Davison spin Chaz Mostert. Several more drivers were caught out in the incident, including Jack Le Brocq and Will Brown.

At the end of Lap 1, it was van Gisbergen who led Verstappen and fifth place starter Scott McLaughlin.

A handful of drivers who had Lap 1 dramas took to the pit lane to complete their mandatory pit stop, including De Pasquale.

While battling for sixth, Heimgartner copped a hit from fellow countryman Fabian Coulthard on Lap 3. The Kelly Racing driver half spun and quickly came to the pit lane.

Verstappen and McLaughlin were the first of the front-runners to pit on Lap 4. Waters and Coulthard followed suit a lap later.

Come Lap 6, van Gisbergen came to the pit lane. The effect of the undercut saw Verstappen take the lead while van Gisbergen slotted into second and McLaughlin maintained third.

Once the pit stop sequence shook out Waters was fourth and Will Davison fifth.

Jake Kostecki, Garry Jacobson, Fabian Coulthard, Andre Heimgartner, and Zane Goddard completed the top 10.

Come Lap 9, van Gisbergen got to the rear of Verstappen. Despite running wide out of the final corner, van Gisbergen got the tow down the straight and surged back into the lead at Turn 1.

Verstappen quickly dropped off the back of van Gisbergen and towards McLaughlin.

In the end, that was the way the positions stayed. Van Gisbergen claimed his second straight win with Verstappen second and McLaughlin third.

Brown managed to recover to 11th overall while his team-mate De Pasquale was 14th.

The Eseries is still provisionally led McLaughlin on 958 points, just five clear of van Gisbergen. Cameron Waters sits third with Anton De Pasquale and Andre Heimgartner fourth and fifth respectively.

Round 3 of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries continues on April 22 at 18:00 AEST.

Results: Race 7 (Provisional)

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Diff
1 Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB 11 Laps
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB +1.972s
3 Scott McLaughlin Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang +4.214s
4 Cameron Waters Monster Energy Racing Ford Mustang +11.114s
5 Will Davison Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang +13.388s
6 Jake Kostecki Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB +15.139s
7 Garry Jacobson Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB +15.964s
8 Andre Heimgartner NED Racing Ford Mustang +16.298s
9 Fabian Coulthard Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang +17.228s
10 Zane Goddard Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB +20.295s
11 Will Brown Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB +21.229s
12 Nick Percat Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB +23.539s
13 Lee Holdsworth Truck Assist Racing Ford Mustang +24.347s
14 Anton De Pasquale Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB +25.353s
15 Mark Winterbottom Irwin Racing Holden Commodore ZB +31.491s
16 Alex Davison Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB +33.364s
17 Jack Le Brocq Supercheap Auto Racing Ford Mustang +38.365s
18 Rick Kelly Castrol Racing Ford Mustang +39.002s
19 Chris Pither Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB +42.318s
20 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB +50.853s
21 Macauley Jones Team CoolDrive Holden Commodore ZB +66.46s
22 Chaz Mostert Mobil 1 Appliances Online Racing Holden Commodore ZB +94.993s
23 Scott Pye Team 18 Holden Commodore ZB +98.735s
24 Todd Hazelwood Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB +1 Laps
25 Bryce Fullwood Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Holden Commodore ZB +1 Laps
26 Jack Smith SCT Logistics Holden Commodore ZB +3 Laps

BP Supercars All Stars Eseries Points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott McLaughlin 501
2 Cameron Waters 446
3 Shane van Gisbergen 407
4 Andre Heimgartner 401
5 Chaz Mostert 385
6 Fabian Coulthard 351
7 Anton De Pasquale 351
8 Will Davison 349
9 Bryce Fullwood 316
10 Jake Kostecki 316
11 Nick Percat 313
12 Jack Le Brocq 311
13 Garry Jacobson 287
14 Zane Goddard 282
15 Mark Winterbottom 258
16 Max Verstappen 233
17 Lee Holdsworth 222
18 Todd Hazelwood 217
19 Scott Pye 214
20 Rick Kelly 196
21 Alex Davison 191
22 Will Brown 186
23 Jamie Whincup 176
24 Chris Pither 175
25 Macauley Jones 173
26 Jack Smith 143
27 David Reynolds 99

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