Waters holds off van Gisbergen in last-corner Supercars thriller

Cameron Waters. Picture: Ross Gibb

Cameron Waters has survived last-corner contact from Shane van Gisbergen to win a Race 13 Repco Supercars Championship thriller at the Pizza Hut Winton SuperSprint.

A superior start and some stout defence, both after his compulsory pit stop and also on the final lap, was crucial as Waters guided his #6 Monster Energy Mustang home for Tickford Racing’s first victory of the season.

Pole-sitter Van Gisbergen spent all but the first two corners of the race in second position, officially or effectively, and took the chequered flag exactly 0.4000s back after 36 laps in the #97 Triple Eight Race Engineering entry.

However, his runner-up finish was not for lack of trying, with the hits at the last two corners breaking the left-hand steering arm in his Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore.

A fuel-starved David Reynolds got home in third in the #26 Penrite Mustang, collecting the five bonus points for the fastest lap, with the top five rounded out by Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert in the #25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore and Lee Holdsworth in the other Penrite Racing entry.

In the drivers’ championship, van Gisbergen leads by an enlarged 196-point margin over Anton De Pasquale.

When the lights went out, Waters made a good start from the outside of the front row, but Will Brown (#9 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) made an even better one from the outside of the second row.

The gap between Waters and van Gisbergen quickly closed, with Brown swiping the rear of the former’s #6 Mustang before slotting into second.

However, van Gisbergen criss-crossed him as they exited Turn 2 to regain one spot, leaving the Erebus Motorsport driver third, from Mostert and Holdsworth (#10 Mustang).

Reynolds got into the rear of De Pasquale’s #11 Shell V-Power Mustang on Lap 2, thought better of trying to go on with the pass, then made the overtake for sixth on Lap 3 as they ran from Turn 2 to Turn 3.

In doing so, he made room for Scott Pye (#20 Nulon ZB Commodore) and Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) to follow, with De Pasquale shuffled back to ninth.

Reynolds gained another spot when he passed team-mate Holdsworth on Lap 6, as Waters enjoyed a lead of around a second over van Gisbergen.

Mostert was the first of the top five to pit, for a set of rears on Lap 12, before Brown filed into the lane on Lap 13.

Erebus opted for working side tyres but dropped Car #9 before the new rear was fully fastened, apparently due to a clutch issue.

That led to a bigger drama, the wheel in question being pulled off when Brown tried to exit the box, and he would ultimately cop a drive-through penalty.

Van Gisbergen had made some ground on #6 before drifting back to more than a second behind when he came in for another set of rears on Lap 14, and Tickford responded by calling Waters in for the same stop a lap later.

Waters got back out just ahead and managed to hold on to the effective lead when he staved off van Gisbergen at Turn 3, while Mostert was circulating a position back from #97.

The Grove Mustangs pressed on all the way until Reynolds pitted at the end of Lap 24, taking working side tyres and resuming in an effective fourth.

Holdsworth peeled off a lap later and was fitted with fresh tyres on all corners of Car #10, although a snag on the left-rear made that an even longer stop than it should have been.

That marked the end of the cycle, with Waters leading van Gisbergen, Mostert, Reynolds, Pye, Brodie Kostecki, Holdsworth, De Pasquale, Andre Heimgartner (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore), and Feeney.

With fresher rubber, Reynolds picked off Mostert and Holdsworth got by Brodie Kostecki on Lap 27, as van Gisbergen continued to stalk Waters.

The Triple Eight steerer had a look on the final lap at Turn 7, then made contact in showing the nose at Turn 11, and again at Turn 12, the very last corner of the race.

Waters hung on for victory, meaning van Gisbergen took second, while Reynolds managed to finish third despite being told to save fuel in the closing stages.

Mostert ended up fourth and Holdsworth claimed fifth all-told, having gone underneath Pye on Lap 32 at Turn 3.

Behind Pye, the top 10 was rounded out by Brodie Kostecki in seventh, then De Pasquale, Heimgartner, and Feeney.

Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) finished 11th from 13th on the grid, while Nick Percat (#2 Mobil 1 NTI ZB Commodore) drove up to 14th from 22nd at the start.

Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) managed to salvage 21st despite an early electrical issue, while Brown ended up 27th in the 27-car field.

Drivers are back on-track tomorrow morning from 09:40 local time/AEST for Qualifying for Race 14 and then Qualifying for Race 15.

Results: Race 13, Pizza Hut Winton SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 36 49:10.3624
2 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:10.7624
3 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 36 49:13.3953
4 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:21.7089
5 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 36 49:26.2919
6 20 Nulon Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:28.4385
7 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:31.0739
8 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 36 49:33.1534
9 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:33.3050
10 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:35.8959
11 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 36 49:36.2614
12 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 36 49:43.5633
13 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 36 49:44.5376
14 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:55.2923
15 96 Automotive Superstore Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:55.4912
16 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 36 49:56.8912
17 27 Walkinshaw Andretti United Jayden Ojeda Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:58.9420
18 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 36 49:59.6793
19 76 PremiAir Subway Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 36 50:01.4647
20 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 36 50:01.8618
21 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 36 50:02.7103
22 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 36 50:06.2682
23 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 36 50:06.6145
24 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 36 50:07.0162
25 49 Joss & Dynamic Jordan Boys Holden Commodore ZB 36 50:07.5668
26 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 36 50:27.2986
27 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 36 50:40.2394

Fastest lap (bonus): David Reynolds, 1:19.9093s, Lap 4

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 1179
2 Anton De Pasquale 983
3 Will Davison 924
4 Cameron Waters 851
5 Chaz Mostert 825
6 David Reynolds 800
7 Broc Feeney 777
8 Brodie Kostecki 773
9 Tim Slade 697
10 James Courtney 683
11 Todd Hazelwood 642
12 Lee Holdsworth 604
13 Andre Heimgartner 594
14 Mark Winterbottom 581
15 Nick Percat 565
16 William Brown 548
17 Scott Pye 479
18 Macauley Jones 463
19 Bryce Fullwood 412
20 Thomas Randle 410
21 Chris Pither 398
22 Garry Jacobson 389
23 Jack Le Brocq 388
24 Jack Smith 370
25 Jake Kostecki 369
26 Jayden Ojeda 36
27 Jordan Boys 20

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97 Triple Eight Race Engineering 1956
2 11 17 Dick Johnson Racing 1907
3 5 6 Tickford Racing 1534
4 10 26 Grove Racing 1404
5 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 1360
6 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 1321
7 18 20 Team 18 1060
8 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 1030
9 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 1006
10 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 833
11 22 76 PremiAir Racing 787
12 55 56 Tickford Racing 779
13 3 Blanchard Racing Team 697
14 27 Walkinshaw Andretti United 36
15 49 Image Racing 20

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