Whincup breaks van Gisbergen streak in T8 one-two

Jamie Whincup

Shane van Gisbergen’s winning streak has come to an end as he finished second to Triple Eight team-mate Jamie Whincup in Race 7 of the Supercars Championship at Symmons Plains.

Whincup grabbed the effective race lead from Cameron Waters with a pass down the back straight midway through the 44-lap encounter, and van Gisbergen made his way by the Tickford Racing entry a few laps later.

In doing so, he allowed Will Davison to move into an effective third and that was where the Dick Johnson Racing pilot would stay, with Waters home in fourth and Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown fifth.

The victory is Whincup’s first in 2021, and indeed the first for anyone other than van Gisbergen this year, with those two now separated by 145 points at the head of the championship.

Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) led the field into Turn 2 from pole position, ahead of Whincup (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore), Brown (#9 Ozland ZB Commodore), Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang), and van Gisbergen (#97 Shell V-Power Mustang).

Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) bagged it up when the lights went out and dropped from third on the grid to sixth, before he was unloaded by Jack Le Brocq (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) when they arrived at the Hairpin for the first time.

Le Brocq would be given a 15-second penalty, but not before he was turned into the fence by Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Mustang), and Jake Kostecki (#34 Unit ZB Commodore) fired into the weeds to avoid them, in the chaos which ensued.

Van Gisbergen nabbed fourth from Davison as the standing lap came to an end and, while the top five ran together initially, it soon became apparent that the championship leader was being held up by Brown.

Van Gisbergen made his move on Lap 9 as they ran up the back straight, at which time Whincup was around 1.7s up the road and still tailing Waters.

That remained the case until Tickford called Waters into the pits on Lap 13, with Brown following him down the lane as van Gisbergen closed in on Whincup.

Davison stopped a lap later and emerged ahead of Brown, while Whincup peeled off with a lead of almost 0.7s on van Gisbergen at the end of Lap 19.

Whincup rejoined the race track just behind Waters but grabbed the effective lead on Lap 25 when he showed the nose at the Hairpin and completed the pass at the other end of the back straight, with a bump or two along the way.

Van Gisbergen pressed on until Lap 27 and reportedly took another pair of used rear hoops, despite suggestions Triple Eight might change the working side due to a possible mark on a tyre.

He got out just behind Davison as the DJR driver stalked Waters, who had already lost almost two seconds relative to Whincup since the pass.

Van Gisbergen went under the #17 Mustang at the Hairpin on Lap 30 and forced it wide to ensure that he could make the move for an effective third position stick.

A lap later, he had a bigger lunge at Waters which took both very wide, and not only did #97 go past #6, so did Davison in #17.

Whincup was more than three seconds to the good at that point, and 2.7s when the compulsory pit stop cycle completed on Lap 33.

That margin continued to fall steadily but there was no major threat from behind, with #97 taking the chequered flag 1.0032s in arrears.

“Good feeling to get the win of course,” said Whincup, before quipping, “The bloke beside me has had a shocker, he’s come second.

“Car was great, didn’t quite get the start I would have liked and we had slightly better tyre life than Cam so was able to get past.

“Then SVG was coming at the end but just had enough to hang on.”

Davison was more than five seconds further back from the Triple Eight duo in third at the very end, ahead of Waters and Brown.

Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) took sixth, and the five bonus points for the fastest lap, from Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang), Scott Pye (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore), and Heimgartner.

Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore) climbed to 11th from 20th on the grid while De Pasquale ended up 13th.

The final race of the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint is set to kick off at 16:25 local time/AEST.

Results: Race 7, Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:58.0841
2 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:59.0873
3 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 44 39:04.5798
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 44 39:09.9892
5 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:12.0861
6 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:13.9005
7 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:14.0568
8 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 44 39:15.0804
9 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:15.9997
10 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 44 39:16.8651
11 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:17.3415
12 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 44 39:17.5425
13 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 44 39:20.3392
14 14 Scandia Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:20.5195
15 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:26.7544
16 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:27.7593
17 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:29.0497
18 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:32.5485
19 22 Team SYDNEY Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:33.8159
20 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:43.7366
21 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 43 39:08.1215
22 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 41 39:22.6659
NC 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 6 16:09.8652
NC 4 SCT Motor Sports Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1 1:03.0643

Fastest lap (bonus): Chaz Mostert 0:51.8897, Lap 20

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 797
2 Jamie Whincup 652
3 Chaz Mostert 595
4 Cameron Waters 583
5 Mark Winterbottom 539
6 Will Davison 537
7 David Reynolds 414
8 Andre Heimgartner 404
9 Brodie Kostecki 403
10 William Brown 390
11 Nick Percat 387
12 Scott Pye 386
13 Anton De Pasquale 370
14 Jack Le Brocq 360
15 Todd Hazelwood 357
16 Bryce Fullwood 343
17 James Courtney 324
18 Jake Kostecki 304
19 Zane Goddard 286
20 Fabian Coulthard 224
21 Jack Smith 222
22 Tim Slade 218
23 Garry Jacobson 199
24 Macauley Jones 196

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97   Triple Eight Race Engineering 1449
2 2 25   Walkinshaw Andretti United 938
3 18 20   Team 18 925
4 11 17 100 Dick Johnson Racing 907
5 6 44   Tickford Racing 907
6 7 26   Kelly Grove Racing 818
7 9 99   Erebus Motorsport 793
8 8 14   Brad Jones Racing 744
9 34 35   Matt Stone Racing 590
10 19 22   Team Sydney 423
11 4 96   Brad Jones Racing 418
12 5     Tickford Racing 360
13 3     Blanchard Racing Team 218

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