SVG cruises to Race 21 win at The Bend

Shane van Gisbergen

Red Bull Ampol Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen has extended his Repco Supercars Championship lead with victory in Race 21 of the season at The Bend Motorsport Park.

The New Zealander made two passes on the race track, hitting the front when he overtook pole-sitter Zak Best on Lap 11, and was not headed again given he was last to take his compulsory pit stop for two tyres.

The Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Will Davison used an undercut to emerge in second position once the pit cycle was done and that was where he remained until taking the chequered flag 2.2227s in arrears of van Gisbergen after 24 laps at a cloudy Tailem Bend.

Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert finished third in the #25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore after benefiting from an error from Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang).

The latter got home fourth, ahead of Tickford Racing team-mate Best in the wildcard #78 Mustang.

With Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) fading to ninth in the end, and van Gisbergen collecting the five bonus points for the fastest lap as well, the latter’s margin in the drivers’ standings is out to 323 points.

“The car was magic; thanks so much to the team,” said SVG.

“I’ve been struggling with my driving, but the car has been really good; just hard to drive, but when racing under the limit it was fine.”

On running long, he explained, “[The tyres] were still fine; I think Will had passed us, so we needed to make that speed to get back in front of him, and came out in front.

“Would have loved to have battled on track, but the guys did a great job and the pit stop was awesome too, so yeah, really stoked.”

At the start, both Waters and Mostert made good getaways from Row 2 but the former found his path blocked by Best as the latter went for a wide berth into the first corner.

Best retained first spot but Waters eventually wrested second place from van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) courtesy of the inside line into Turn 3, with Mostert fourth and Davison (#17 Mustang) gaining a position at the expense of De Pasquale to slot into fifth.

Best’s start was investigated but ultimately cleared as he got out to a 1.6s lead after just two laps, before Waters began to catch up.

However, van Gisbergen was doing so as well, and he nabbed second place with a lunge down the inside of the #6 Mustang at Turn 1 at the start of Lap 7.

The Triple Eight driver wasted little time putting Best under pressure, and the 20-year-old barely held on to first position when he pinched a brake at the Turn 6 hairpin on Lap 8 and ran wide.

Van Gisbergen did make the pass at Turn 3 on Lap 11, moments after Waters had pulled into the pits for fresh rear tyres.

With Davison having pitted on Lap 5 and De Pasquale on Lap 6, Waters merged between them before a bumping duel with the latter in which the Tickford steerer prevailed despite nearly being unloaded at Turn 3.

Best was into the lane on Lap 12 for rears and slotted behind Waters at Turn 1, then did his team-mate a favour when he saw off De Pasquale’s attack on the outside of Turn 3 which caused Car #11 to in fact lose a position, to Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore).

Running longer was hardly hurting van Gisbergen, who reset the fastest lap on both Laps 12 and 13 with a 1:50.1777s and a 1:50.1207s, while Mostert stopped on Lap 14 and rejoined behind Waters.

On Lap 17, Waters locked up and ran through the gravel at Turn 1.

He was still officially fifth and effectively third when he re-entered the circuit at Turn 3, but then ceded the spot when Mostert got underneath him around at the Turn 14 left-hander.

Van Gisbergen finally stopped at the end of Lap 20 for rears and was 1.5s to the good once he came back up to speed, before putting the exclamation mark on the victory with another fastest lap, a 1:50.1133s, as he took the chequered flag.

Behind Davison and Mostert was a distant Waters, who marked a tyre in the aforementioned lock-up, with Best just tenths further back in fifth position.

Brodie Kostecki retained the effective sixth position which he took from De Pasquale, who was later passed also by Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore) and David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang) in the closing stages.

That was thus the top nine while Andre Heimgartner finished 10th in the #8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore, with all 27 starters finishing on the lead lap.

Supercars action at the OTR SuperSprint continues tomorrow morning from 09:35 local time/10:05 AEST with for Qualifying for Race 22 and then Qualifying for Race 23.

Results: Race 21, OTR SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:08.7762
2 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 24 45:10.9989
3 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:12.8650
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 24 45:19.2315
5 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Mustang GT 24 45:19.6394
6 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:20.2044
7 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:20.5405
8 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 24 45:22.0698
9 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 24 45:22.4995
10 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:23.2574
11 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 24 45:25.8930
12 20 Nulon Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:26.9340
13 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:28.9132
14 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 24 45:29.5170
15 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 24 45:29.7944
16 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:33.4895
17 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:33.8255
18 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:33.8775
19 31 Subway PremiAir Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:34.6623
20 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:40.0799
21 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:40.9984
22 96 TRG Transport Solutions Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:41.0567
23 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 24 45:41.8092
24 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:43.9194
25 49 Joss & Dynamic Jordan Boys Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:44.2059
26 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 24 45:47.5071
27 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 24 46:14.0968

Fastest lap (bonus): Shane van Gisbergen, 1:50.1133s, Lap 24

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 1986
2 Anton De Pasquale 1663
3 Cameron Waters 1631
4 Will Davison 1613
5 Chaz Mostert 1388
6 Broc Feeney 1321
7 David Reynolds 1294
8 Andre Heimgartner 1210
9 Brodie Kostecki 1171
10 Tim Slade 1107
11 James Courtney 1059
12 Mark Winterbottom 1033
13 Lee Holdsworth 1006
14 Nick Percat 968
15 William Brown 934
16 Todd Hazelwood 932
17 Jack Le Brocq 793
18 Scott Pye 746
19 Bryce Fullwood 742
20 Macauley Jones 731
21 Thomas Randle 721
22 Jake Kostecki 687
23 Chris Pither 647
24 Jack Smith 598
25 Garry Jacobson 513
26 Jayden Ojeda 150
27 Zak Best 130
28 James Golding 110
29 Jordan Boys 82

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97   Triple Eight Race Engineering 3307
2 11 17   Dick Johnson Racing 3276
3 5 6   Tickford Racing 2690
4 2 25   Walkinshaw Andretti United 2326
5 10 26   Grove Racing 2300
6 9 99   Erebus Motorsport 2105
7 8 14   Brad Jones Racing 1952
8 18 20   Team 18 1779
9 34 35   Matt Stone Racing 1725
10 55 56   Tickford Racing 1408
11 4 96   Brad Jones Racing 1329
12 22 31 (76) PremiAir Racing 1270
13 3     Blanchard Racing Team 1107
14 27     Walkinshaw Andretti United 150
15 78     Tickford Racing 130
16 49     Image Racing 82

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