Two wins for van Gisbergen in Townsville

Shane van Gisbergen has bounced back from a disastrous opening race at the Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint on Saturday to take two race wins on Sunday. It was the 200th Supercars Championship race victory for his Triple Eight Team, becoming the first team to achieve that feat.

“It was awesome to contribute to Triple Eight’s 200th Supercars race win with a couple of my own today,” said van Gisbergen. “It’s so great for the team and cool to be a part of it. We made the most of yesterday’s dramas for today’s races. We had good tyres, and the strategy was perfect for the first race.

“We had really good pace at the start and managed to get the win. We ran really long in the second race before pitting, and we were fighting hard to get back on the podium and then the safety car came out which worked in our favour.

“It’s great to be able to close out the weekend with a Red Bull Holden one-two as well. It’s been an awesome weekend for us and I’m stoked to break #97’s drought, and to be able to get back-to-back wins was even better.”

In Saturday’s race, Van Gisbergen suffered a mechanical on lap 22 and after spilling oil over the track and was forced to make a second stop for repairs. He was given a black flag after he rejoined the race because his car continued to spill oil across the track. It was day-over for him.

Current championship leader Scott McLaughlin managed two podiums coming in second and third in Sunday’s races, having claimed the win on Saturday (Race 22).

#17 Scott McLaughlin

“It wasn’t too bad a day because we had a really fast car,” commented McLaughlin. “I think the first qualifying session today was good because I got P2 and I was happy with that. But in the second qualifying session, I got held up at the end of my lap which I think would have put me somewhere between 2nd and 4th. Instead, I got 10th.

“In Race 23, the car wasn’t exactly amazing, but we finished 2nd because of a good strategy call. We tuned up the car for Race 24, and it was mint. We pitted for tyres and some clean air, and the car looked after the tyres so well. We managed to bring it home in 3rd.”

After finishing fourth in Race 22 on Saturday, Jamie Whincup followed this up wit two podiums on Sunday and remains second overall on the points table.

“We managed to get P2 for the overall round result so I’m obviously happy with that, but unfortunately a few of the other teams found some real pace in between the two events,” commented Whincup. “At the same time, I’m pretty proud of what DC (David Cauchi, #88 race engineer) did with today’s race strategy. We took some big risks engineering the car and we certainly improved today – the car was much better.

“We’re just as quick as anyone else, but we’re just missing that last little bit which we’re going to need to find before Bathurst to be able to take it to car #17 and take some points away from them.

“It’s a fantastic weekend for Triple Eight as well; 200 race wins. That’s a massive milestone when you think of when we witnessed Lowndesy’s first win in 2005 back at Eastern Creek, so I’m very fortunate to have been able to contribute to that milestone.

“Of course, finishing the long four-week stint with a one-two is a really great feeling. We’re all a bit weary, quite fatigued and quite homesick so we’re really looking forward to going home.”

McLaughlin leads the Driver’s Championship by 143 over Whincup. Coulthard is still in P7. The Shell V-Power Racing Team leads the Teams’ Championship by 42 points over Red Bull Racing.

Race 23 Results

Class.DriverGap
1Shane van Gisbergen39 laps
2Scott McLaughlin8.395
3Jamie Whincup10.239
4Nick Percat13.567
5Cameron Waters14.807
6Scott Pye16.127
7Jack Le Brocq33.856
8Lee Holdsworth36.308
9Mark Winterbottom38.404
10Chaz Mostert42.978
11Rick Kelly43.192
12Bryce Fullwood43.421
13James Courtney44.404
14Todd Hazelwood48.110
15David Reynolds48.303
16Anton De Pasquale49.481
17Garry Jacobson52.138
18Macauley Jones52.505
19Alex Davison52.637
20Fabian Coulthard52.751
21Chris Pither56.057
22Jack Smith58.301
23Jake Kostecki58.784
24Andre Heimgartner1:03.752

Race 24 Results

Class.DriverGap
1Shane van Gisbergen39 laps
2Jamie Whincup0.993
3Scott McLaughlin3.031
4Chaz Mostert3.454
5Scott Pye6.836
6Todd Hazelwood7.659
7Nick Percat8.099
8Fabian Coulthard9.451
9James Courtney10.015
10Lee Holdsworth12.072
11David Reynolds12.077
12Cameron Waters13.085
13Mark Winterbottom14.137
14Jack Le Brocq14.711
15Alex Davison15.074
16Rick Kelly15.615
17Andre Heimgartner16.084
18Bryce Fullwood17.150
19Macauley Jones18.346
20Garry Jacobson19.361
21Jack Smith19.766
22Jake Kostecki20.366
DNFAnton De Pasquale
DNFChris Pither

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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