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Supercars Sydney: Van Gisbergen wins wild opener to shut in on title

The Kiwi was one in every of a handful of drivers to gamble on the tremendous smooth for the beginning of the race, he and team-mate Jamie Whincup bolting away in the beginning.

The problem for van Gisbergen, nonetheless, was that he was behind Whincup. That meant when the protection automobile was known as to retrieve Macauley Jones’ stranded Holden on lap seven, Whincup had pit precedence.

The complete subject opted to pit in the course of the warning, which meant van Gisbergen dropped to the again finish of the highest 10 as he began a protracted center stint on the exhausting tyres.

That center stint belonged to the Tickford vehicles, Cam Waters main the cost on tremendous smooth tyres as he went from eighth on the restart into a snug lead from team-mate Jack Le Brocq. 

Waters was capable of run fairly lengthy, too, pushing the tremendous smooth out to lap 34, with effectively over 20 seconds in hand over the very best of the drivers going to the tremendous softs for the ultimate stint.

Initially main that cost was Brodie Kostecki and Chaz Mostert, who hadn’t used the tremendous smooth till the ultimate stint.

However finally they had been no match for the T8 drivers who went again on their seven-lap outdated tremendous softs for a future house.

There have been no repeat of final week’s staff orders drama, Whincup rapidly making approach for van Gisbergen within the closing stint because it grew to become clear the Kiwi had the tempo.

A sprinkling of rain then performed into the tremendous soft-shod Purple Bull Holdens, moist climate grasp van Gisbergen mowing down the likes of Mostert and Kostecki earlier than looking down Waters with three laps to go.

“I believed it was carried out as soon as we used the softs [in the first stint],” stated van Gisbergen. 

“That was superior, we bought a second lease of life on [the super softs]. Jamie let me by means of which was very nice of him, makes up for final week.

“We lack a bit in qualifying however within the races our vehicles are jets.”

Race winner Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering

Race winner Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering

Picture by: Edge Photographics

Whincup got here by means of the end second, whereas Waters did effectively to hold on to 3rd in opposition to vehicles on the tremendous softs within the greasy circumstances.

“As quickly because the rain got here I knew I used to be going to wrestle somewhat bit [on the hard],” stated Waters. 

“However I’ve forgotten what this looks like [on the podium]. We have had such a tricky run right here at SMP. 

“Large credit score to the blokes, they pushed by means of the entire time. It might have been good to provide them a P1, however a podium looks like a win.”

Anton De Pasquale got here house fourth after operating the tremendous smooth within the closing stint, the polesitter struggling for race tempo in comparison with the T8 drivers.

Mostert slipped again to fifth forward of Scott Pye, who ran tremendous softs twice, and Erebus pair Will Brown and Kostecki.

Van Gisbergen is now within the field seat to safe the $25,000 Sydney Cup, and will effectively seal the Supercars title tomorrow. All he must do is end inside 49 factors of Whincup.

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