Van Gisbergen continues hot streak with Race 6 victory

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen has taken a sixth win from as many races so far in the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship, at Symmons Plains.

Despite dropping from pole to third on the opening lap, the Red Bull Ampol Racing driver quickly reclaimed the ascendancy and ultimately led Jamie Whincup to a one-two in the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint opener.

The team-mates were separated by 4.7420s when the chequered flag flew after 44 laps, with the Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Anton De Pasquale almost another five seconds further back in third spot.

Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert took fourth, ahead of the second Dick Johnson Racing Mustang of Will Davison, and early leader Cameron Waters in the #6 Tickford Racing entry.

Rounding out the top 10 were Team 18 duo Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) and Scott Pye (#20 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), and Erebus Motorsport team-mates Will Brown (#9 Ozland ZB Commodore) and Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore).

Under grey skies, Waters got the jump from the outside of the front row and the Monster Energy Mustang led the field into Turn 2, where Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) went around the outside to take second place from van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore).

Whincup held the spot only as far as the end of the back straight, when van Gisbergen went down the inside, and the championship leader needed little time to wipe out the few tenths of margin that Waters had managed to establish.

Van Gisbergen stalked the #6 Mustang until he went down the inside on Lap 9 at Turn 6, and stretched his lead beyond a second in just two laps.

Waters, meanwhile, was coming under pressure from Whincup and Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore).

It was Lap 13 when Whincup put virtually the same move as his team-mate had done on Waters, and Mostert followed him down the inside despite the smoke signals that he sent under brakes.

DJR team-mates Davison (#17 Mustang) and De Pasquale (#11 Mustang) had run fifth and sixth until pitting on Laps 11 and 14 respectively, a slow stop for the former resulting in them swapping positions relative to each other.

Whincup was around 3.6s behind van Gisbergen when he took service on Lap 17 for rears, Waters was into the lane on Lap 21 for working side tyres, and Mostert peeled off a lap later for the same change.

When they came out, it was Whincup heading De Pasquale, Davison, Mostert, and Waters, while van Gisbergen pressed on in the lead until Lap 24.

He took another set of rears and resumed almost two seconds up the road from Whincup once he came up to speed, before Mostert passed Davison for an effective fourth on Lap 27 at Turn 6.

When Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Mustang) pitted on Lap 36, the cycle was done, by which time van Gisbergen had grown his advantage over Whincup to 2.99s.

Over four seconds separated the two Triple Eight Race Engineering entries on Lap 41, and the margin crept up until van Gisbergen formally wrapped up a sixth straight win in 2021, and seventh dating back to the 2020 Bathurst 1000.

“It was a bad one [start] and then Jamie pulled a nice move and got me,” said the New Zealander, whose championship lead is now 153 points over Whincup.

“Did some big bombs at the end of the straight and got them back; it was fun racing at the start.

“Then just tried to build a gap so we could manage it but burnt up our rears, which puts us in a bit of a spot for tomorrow.

“Our car is awesome, it’s really cool to be a part of it.”

Whincup took the fastest lap bonus points as he finished well clear of De Pasquale, who did not appear to come under serious threat from Mostert in the latter stint.

Just outside the top 10 were the other two Tickford cars, James Courtney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang) 11th and Jack Le Brocq (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) 12th.

A stall entering his pit box and starter motor drama were costly for David Reynolds, who ended up 16th in the #26 Penrite Mustang having run inside the top 10.

All 24 cars finished, although Nick Percat was eight laps down in the end after an early incident, unseen on television, ultimately saw the #8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore smack the fence at the Turn 4 Hairpin.

The next sessions are Qualifying for Race 7 and Qualifying for Race 8, which take place back-to-back tomorrow morning from 10:45 local time/AEST.

Results: Race 6, Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:39.9334
2 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:44.6754
3 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 44 38:49.6433
4 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:50.1353
5 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 44 38:50.8377
6 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 44 38:52.8731
7 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:54.3089
8 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:54.4619
9 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:58.9927
10 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:02.5619
11 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 44 39:02.9151
12 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 44 39:04.7899
13 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:05.4280
14 14 Scandia Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:09.6027
15 4 SCT Motor Sports Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:14.3770
16 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 44 39:15.1270
17 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 44 39:17.0318
18 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:18.1274
19 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:18.5299
20 22 Team SYDNEY Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:21.3468
21 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:21.6201
22 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 43 38:57.1846
23 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 43 39:08.9998
24 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 36 39:29.7848

Fastest lap (bonus): Jamie Whincup 0:51.4986, Lap 5

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 705
2 Jamie Whincup 552
3 Chaz Mostert 522
4 Cameron Waters 503
5 Mark Winterbottom 475
6 Will Davison 451
7 Brodie Kostecki 365
8 David Reynolds 354
9 Andre Heimgartner 352
10 Nick Percat 339
11 Jack Le Brocq 332
12 Scott Pye 330
13 Anton De Pasquale 326
14 William Brown 316
15 Todd Hazelwood 315
16 Bryce Fullwood 307
17 James Courtney 298
18 Jake Kostecki 264
19 Zane Goddard 252
20 Fabian Coulthard 224
21 Jack Smith 222
22 Tim Slade 172
23 Garry Jacobson 167
24 Macauley Jones 166

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97 Triple Eight Race Engineering 1257
2 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 829
3 18 20 Team 18 805
4 6 44 Tickford Racing 801
5 11 17 100 Dick Johnson Racing 777
6 7 26 Kelly Grove Racing 706
7 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 681
8 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 654
9 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 516
10 19 22 Team Sydney 391
11 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 388
12 5 Tickford Racing 332
13 3 Blanchard Racing Team 172

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