Van Gisbergen charges to victory
|Sunday, June 19th 2011, 07:23 GMT|
Stone Brothers Ford driver Shane van Gisbergen took the second win of his V8 Supercars career with a superb late charge in race two at Hidden Valley.
Like Saturday's race winner Rick Kelly, van Gisbergen started only 12th on the grid, but made rapid progress up the order and then pounced on the leaders in the closing stages - although unlike Kelly, van Gisbergen did not require any carnage ahead to pull off his victory.
The early laps had seen Garry Rogers Motorsport's Lee Holdsworth swiftly move into the lead as he chose to use his set of soft tyres in the first stint. Championship leader Jamie Whincup (Triple Eight Holden) was on the same strategy, but fell from second to fifth at the start, allowing Holdsworth to make a break as Whincup regained the lost ground.
He was back up to second by the time the safety car came out on lap 12, following an engine failure for Jason Bright that caused an oil spill and a series of incidents. As alternate pit strategies played out, Will Davison briefly led before Holdsworth and Whincup fought their way back to the front, with Whincup finally claiming the lead just before half-distance.
Going into the closing stages, Whincup led Holdsworth, Craig Lowndes, polesitter Mark Winterbottom and van Gisbergen, with all bar the lead pair now onto their soft tyres. Lowndes then took second from Holdsworth just before a heavy crash for Karl Reindler prompted another safety car on lap 58.
At the restart with seven laps to go, Lowndes pounced on team-mate Whincup for the lead, and the latter was swiftly pushed back down to fourth behind Winterbottom and van Gisbergen as well.
Two laps later van Gisbergen sliced past Winterbottom for second and then quickly closed in on Lowndes, passing him for the lead with two and a half laps to go. He then held off Lowndes, Winterbottom and Tim Slade to claim the victory.
Whincup and Holdsworth faded right back to sixth and 15th, as Russell Ingall came through to fifth.
Saturday winner Kelly was only 20th, having been one of many drivers to go off on Bright's oil.
Results - 69 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford 1h27m04.3716s 2. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 0.8939s 3. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 1.7301s 4. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 2.1758s 5. Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden + 5.0776s 6. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 7.2026s 7. Will Davison FPR Ford + 7.8132s 8. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford + 10.7096s 9. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 11.3049s 10. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden + 12.9899s 11. Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 13.1486s 12. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 14.7346s 13. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 16.0662s 14. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden + 16.0936s 15. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden + 18.1594s 16. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford + 20.6097s 17. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford + 24.7720s 18. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden + 27.8393s 19. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 29.0786s 20. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 39.6481s 21. David Reynolds Kelly Holden + 45.5042s 22. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 1 lap 23. Warren Luff Dumbrell Holden + 1 lap 24. James Courtney HRT Holden + 6 laps 25. Karl Reindler Britek/BJR Holden + 6 laps 26. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 13 laps Retirements: Todd Kelly Kelly Holden 45 laps Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 10 laps