Van Gisbergen wins Supercars Race 13 in Darwin

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen has taken an effective lights-to-flag victory in Race 13 of the Repco Supercars Championship at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver qualified second but got the jump on pole-sitter Will Davison at the start and those two would remain positions, compulsory pit stop cycle aside, for the remainder of the 38-lap encounter at Hidden Valley Raceway.

The battle for the final step on the podium, on the other hand, was only resolved in the final four laps when Jamie Whincup made a pass on Chaz Mostert which decided who of those two sits second in the championship for at least the next handful of hours.

Mostert ended up fourth and Mark Winterbottom fifth, while a pit stop mishap played a big part Anton De Pasquale’s result of sixth.

For van Gisbergen, the result still does not completely wipe out the disappointment of his own costly pit stop drama, while leading, on the afternoon prior.

“It was awesome, got another good start which was great and Red Bull Ampol Racing, our car was awesome,” he said.

“We just needed to get things right today; pit stop was great and just managed the race at the end. Awesome. But it hasn’t made up for yesterday yet and we’ve still got this arvo to go.”

He added, “We move on with things quick. We analysed last night what happened and put procedures in place to make sure it doesn’t happen today, and a fallback plan if it does, and it didn’t.”

Back at the start of Race 13, van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) made a slightly better secondary launch than Davison and was able to cover the #17 Shell V-Power Mustang on the run to the first corner.

Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) and Whincup (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore) both went deep on the outside at Turn 1, going three-wide with van Gisbergen.

However, the former got loose and that delayed both he and Whincup, meaning they exited the corner behind Dick Johnson Racing team-mates Davison and Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang), respectively.

Behind, Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) settled into sixth one he wrested that position from Will Brown (#9 Ozland Group Solutions ZB Commodore).

The rest of the top 10 towards the end of Lap 1 was Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) in eighth, from Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore) and Jack Le Brocq (#5 Truck Assist Mustang).

Van Gisbergen led by more than a full second after six laps, and more than two seconds after 10 laps.

Mostert and Brown, among others, pitted on Lap 9, before De Pasquale peeled off from third, at a 2.9s deficit to the lead, on Lap 10.

However, De Pasquale would be held up when the button reportedly fell out of the rattle gun which was being used to change the right-rear, and he was passed by Mostert as he rejoined the race track.

With fresh rears, Mostert reset the fastest lap, which had been held by van Gisbergen, on Lap 11 and again on Lap 12.

Davison pitted from almost 2.5s behind van Gisbergen on Lap 12 and was followed into the lane by Winterbottom, with Mostert splitting them on exit to effectively take third position off #18.

Van Gisbergen made his compulsory pit stop at the end of Lap 14 and still had almost three seconds on Davison when he popped back out.

However, that margin fell over the laps which followed, as van Gisbergen reportedly complained of some sort of noise coming from Car #97, and Triple Eight Race Engineering got another tyre ready.

Whincup and Percat were officially first and second when they pitted on Lap 20 and the former was able to get out between Mostert and Winterbottom, meaning #88 was up to an effective fourth position.

When Scott Pye (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore) took service on Lap 27, the cycle was done.

Van Gisbergen led at that point by 1.3s over Davison, who had shaken Mostert after coming under pressure from the Race 12 winner for a number of laps.

Mostert instead had to worry about the presence of Whincup in his own mirrors, with fifth onwards being Winterbottom, De Pasquale, Waters, Brown, James Courtney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang), and Percat.

Whincup showed the nose at the Turn 6 hairpin on Lap 34 but it was not until the next lap that the move got done.

Even then, it took several corners, with the seven-time champion going very deep at Turn 1 and only making third position his own for sure at Turn 5.

Van Gisbergen won by an official margin of 1.5327s, with Davison just over five seconds up on Whincup at the chequered flag.

Mostert grabbed the five bonus points for the fastest lap and is thus still only three points behind Whincup in the championship, but the latter is now 207 points adrift of his team-mate.

Fifth onwards in Race 13 was Winterbottom, De Pasquale, Waters, Brown, Percat, and Courtney.

Race 14, the weekend finale, is set to get underway at 15:25 local time/15:55 AEST.

Results: Race 13, Merlin Darwin Triple Crown

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 38 43:32.7437
2 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 38 43:34.2764
3 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 38 43:39.4230
4 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 38 43:41.7860
5 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 38 43:42.2763
6 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 38 43:42.5542
7 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 38 43:45.0865
8 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 38 43:49.3608
9 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 38 43:49.8887
10 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 38 43:54.4247
11 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 38 43:55.1448
12 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 38 43:57.7387
13 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 38 43:58.2502
14 14 Pizza Hut Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 38 44:01.2509
15 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 38 44:02.4255
16 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 38 44:02.8519
17 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 38 44:03.1392
18 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 38 44:03.6520
19 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 38 44:04.1197
20 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 38 44:10.3675
21 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 38 44:13.3630
22 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 38 44:21.6144
23 27 Walkinshaw Andretti United Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 38 44:28.1991
24 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 37 44:06.9442
25 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 31 44:38.9127
NC 22 Team SYDNEY Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 18 36:34.6219

Fastest lap (bonus): Chaz Mostert 1:06.9171, Lap 12

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 1261
2 Jamie Whincup 1054
3 Chaz Mostert 1051
4 Cameron Waters 1004
5 Will Davison 995
6 Mark Winterbottom 797
7 Nick Percat 759
8 Andre Heimgartner 722
9 Anton De Pasquale 716
10 Brodie Kostecki 715
11 William Brown 684
12 James Courtney 670
13 Scott Pye 652
14 Bryce Fullwood 621
15 David Reynolds 612
16 Jack Le Brocq 594
17 Todd Hazelwood 553
18 Jake Kostecki 528
19 Zane Goddard 508
20 Tim Slade 506
21 Fabian Coulthard 372
22 Jack Smith 356
23 Macauley Jones 348
24 Garry Jacobson 319
25 Thomas Randle 212
26 Kurt Kostecki 186

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97   Triple Eight Race Engineering 2315
2 11 17 100 Dick Johnson Racing 1711
3 6 44   Tickford Racing 1674
4 2 25   Walkinshaw Andretti United 1672
5 18 20   Team 18 1449
6 9 99   Erebus Motorsport 1399
7 7 26   Kelly Grove Racing 1334
8 8 14   Brad Jones Racing 1226
9 34 35   Matt Stone Racing 1036
10 4 96   Brad Jones Racing 704
11 19 22   Team Sydney 691
12 5     Tickford Racing 594
13 3     Blanchard Racing Team 506
14 55     Tickford Racing 212
15 27     Walkinshaw Andretti United 186

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