Bathurst Supercars: Van Gisbergen completes victory clean sweep at Mount Panorama 500…

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Shane van Gisbergen completed a Bathurst clean sweep by comfortably winning the second heat of the Mount Panorama 500.

Starting from pole, the Kiwi ceded critical track position by being out-dragged by Cam Waters into Turn 1.

Van Gisbergen was clearly able to match the leading Tickford Mustang for pace, but, facing aero wash, was unable to find a way through.

That made the stops crucial, van Gisbergen opting to take his first service on Lap 14. Waters followed suit a lap later but his Tickford crew unable to get him out fast enough to stop van Gisbergen from charging into the lead.

Once in front it was a flawless display from van Gisbergen, who pulled 4.2s over Waters across the second stint.

He and Waters then pitted together on Lap 23, before van Gisbergen eased his advantage out 6.1s by the finish.

Speaking post-race, van Gisbergen said the middle stint was one of the best he’s ever done – as well taking a cheeky jab at Waters’ Monster Energy backing.

“It’s a team win, a strategy win,” said van Gisbergen.

“Unfortunately you can’t battle on track so we had to try to win it in the pitlane, and we did.

“That middle stint was just insane, it was so good to have such a good car and just push in clean air. It was qualifying laps the whole time and I was watching a sub-par energy drink get smaller in the mirror. It was awesome.”

Chaz Mostert made it two podiums for the weekend with a well-crafted third place. The Walkinshaw Andretti United driver had to pass a pair of Dick Johnson Racing entries along the way, charging by Will Davison in the first stint.

He then pressured Anton De Pasquale into a mistake on his out-lap after his first stop, a moment at The Chase on cold tyres for the DJR driver opening the door for Mostert to get by.

De Pasquale went on to finish fourth, while team-mate Davison slipped back down the order in the final stint. First he was jumped by Mark Winterbottom during the second round of stops, before locking the rears at the last corner a few laps from home, which let Jamie Whincup into sixth.

Scott Pye finished the race eighth ahead of Andre Heimgartner, with Nick Percat rounding out the Top 10.

The only non-finisher was James Courtney, who backed his Tickford Mustang into the wall at The Cutting on Lap 9.

Van Gisbergen now holds a 33-point lead over Mostert in the standings.

Supercars Mount Panorama 500 – Race 2 results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Holden 1h26m39.2786s
2 Cameron Waters Tickford Ford 6.1276s
3 Chaz Mostert Walkinshaw Holden 8.6807s
4 Anton De Pasquale Dick Johnson Ford 19.3709s
5 Mark Winterbottom Team 18 Holden 23.2775s
6 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 29.1513s
7 Will Davison Dick Johnson Ford 30.3906s
8 Scott Pye Team 18 Holden 33.1774s
9 Andre Heimgartner Kelly Ford 42.5386s
10 Nick Percat Brad Jones Holden 46.3388s
11 David Reynolds Kelly Ford 46.9541s
12 Brodie Kostecki Erebus Holden 48.3371s
13 Bryce Fullwood Walkinshaw Holden 49.2006s
14 William Brown Erebus Holden 54.7388s
15 Macauley Jones Brad Jones Holden 1m01.9955s
16 Zane Goddard Matt Stone Holden 1m03.6366s
17 Jake Kostecki Matt Stone Holden 1m06.5015s
18 Todd Hazelwood Brad Jones Holden 1m22.0643s
19 Jack Le Brocq Tickford Ford 1m31.3873s
20 Garry Jacobson Sydney Holden 1m38.9078s
21 Jack Smith Brad Jones Holden 2m05.2315s
22 Fabian Coulthard Team Sydney Holden 1 Lap
James Courtney Tickford Ford Retirement



www.autosport.com 2021-02-28 09:17:53

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