Cam Waters has beaten Shane van Gisbergen in a nail-biting finish in the Repco Supercars Championship Pizza Hit Winton SuperSprint opener. Waters took the lead off the line and was pressured all the way in the 36-lapper but held off the defending Champion to record his first win since of 2022.
“Qualifying was great today, it’s the best qualifying car I’ve ever had at Winton,” commented van Gisbergen. “We didn’t have a great Q2 but we obviously got through, but in Q1 and Q3 the car was great. I was super stoked to get pole here because it’s not our best qualifying track normally, so it was a really good result.
“I had another dud start in the race, unfortunately. I tried a different technique which we’ve been planning, but it didn’t quite work out. Going backwards in a race is never fun, and the race would have been different if we got a good start.
“Towards the end, I was kind of settled for second, but then Cam (Waters) gave me an invitation to pass, so I drove in and had a go, but then he cut across me at the last corner which I would have done as well, and that damaged our car. Sometimes I need to settle for second, but sometimes I can’t help myself.”
Van Gisbergen pushed Waters with everything he had and on the final corner made a bold dive, making contact with Water’s Monster Energy Mustang. Waters held off the SVG’s Red Bull #97 Commodore to claim his maiden victory at Winton, and Tickford Racing’s first win at the circuit since 2015.
David Reynolds almost ran out of fuel as he overhauled Chaz Mostert late on to secure the final spot on the podium.
Van Gisbergen now holds a 196 point Championship lead over Ford’s Anton De Pasquale heading into tomorrow’s two races.
Cars will return to the track on Sunday morning for dual ARMOR ALL Qualifying sessions.
TRACK SCHEDULE – Pizza Hit Winton SuperSprint – Local Time
Qualifying – Race 14 Sun 9:40 AM – 9:50 AM
Qualifying – Race 15 Sun 10:10 AM – 10:20 AM
Race 14 Sun 12:25 PM – 1:45 PM
Race 15 Sun 3:35 PM – 5:00 PM