Supercars Sandown: Van Gisbergen wins tense finale to record a double

Shane van Gisbergen held off Will Davison to win a tense final heat of the Sandown SuperSprint, to double up on his victory in Race 2 earlier in the day.

Supercars Sandown: Van Gisbergen wins tense finale to record a double

The final race got off to a wild start as van Gisbergen and Davison battled for the lead of the race.

Starting from pole, Davison was under fire from van Gisbergen from the word go. On just the second lap the Kiwi got next to the Shell Ford up the back straight, Davison only retaining the lead as he had the racing line into Dandenong Road.

Van Gisbergen then crept up the inside of Davison at the last corner, Davison copping team-mate Anton De Pasquale up his rear-left guard as he was baulked.

The subsequent damage took De Pasquale out of contention, however Davison was able to continue in second with nothing more than a rubbing rear guard.

He almost got a crack at reclaiming the lead on the very next lap when van Gisbergen ran slightly wide at Turn 4, although the Red Bull Holden driver was able to hold on.

The pair then spent the first stint separated by less than a second until van Gisbergen took his mandatory stop on lap 17.

Davison took over the lead, opting for the overcut strategy usually favoured by van Gisbergen and Triple Eight.

He didn't make his stop until lap 23, resuming behind van Gisbergen and just in front of an early-stopping Chaz Mostert.

After a brief challenge from Mostert, Davison was able to set about eating into van Gisbergen's 2.5-second lead with his superior rubber.

The Shell Ford driver wasn't quite quick enough, though, van Gisbergen managing the gap expertly as he took his second win of the day by four-tenths. Van Gisbergen now holds a 500-point series lead.

The early stop ultimately proved costly for Mostert who found himself under fire from Cam Waters as the second stint wore on.

Waters then took himself out of contention for the podium when he fired off the track at Dandenong Road while trying to get past Mostert.

That opened the door for Broc Feeney to hunt down Mostert, the rookie scoring a second career podium and first since Tasmania back in March.

Mostert finished fourth ahead of Mark Winterbottom, Tim Slade and Scott Pye.

Thomas Randle and David Reynolds were next as Waters recovered for 10th.

Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering

Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering

Photo by: Mark Horsburgh, Edge Photographics

Van Gisbergen charges to Race 2 win at Sandown

Shane van Gisbergen put Triple Eight back on top at Sandown earlier in the day with a dominant victory in the second Supercars race. 

Van Gisbergen made a clean getaway from pole to lead the field into Turn 1, while those immediately behind him scrapped over second spot.

Cam Waters, who started second, found himself wide at the first corner after contact with old foe Chaz Mostert, which dropped him to fourth behind Broc Feeney.

Waters continued to lose spots in the laps that followed, the Tickford star dropping to seventh.

At the front van Gisbergen made light work of easing the lead over Mostert and Feeney to more than three seconds.

The second and third-placed drivers took their sole stop together on lap 14, Mostert continuing without drama.

Feeney, however, saw his race unravel when his car stalled when dropped from the jacks, the delay dumping him well back in the field.

Van Gisbergen went long in the first stop, not taking his stop until lap 21.

The Kiwi resumed with a 2.5s lead over Mostert which turned into a 7.5s advantage by the time he crossed the finish line. 

The win means T8 has now won eight of the past nine races at Sandown, after a seven-race winning streak was broken by Will Davison yesterday.

Thanks to the dramas for Waters and Feeney, David Reynolds and Will Brown found themselves scraping over third place late in the race.

A slightly later stop gave Brown the better tyre quality when it mattered, the second-year driver able to sneak past his former Bathurst partner to grab the final spot on the podium. 

Reynolds was fourth ahead of Scott Pye and Andre Heimgartner, while a stronger second stint saw Waters come home seventh.

Anton De Pasquale and James Golding were next as Feeney recovered from his pitstop drama to finish 10th.

Davison, who started 11th due to a battery fire in qualifying earlier today, looked to be on a charge with a decent first stint.

However his Dick Johnson Racing crew dropped him off his jacks with the wheel gun still attached during his stop, which gave him a drivethrough penalty, to leave him 15th at the finish.

Supercars Sandown SuperSprint - Race 3 Results

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 36  
2 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 36 0.4611
3 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 36 11.8048
4 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 36 15.2635
5 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 36 15.4090
6 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 36 16.9619
7 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 36 18.5781
8 55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 36 22.3954
9 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 36 24.0920
10 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 36 25.7157
11 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 36 26.3485
12 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 36 28.3628
13 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 36 29.0288
14 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 36 34.9237
15 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 36 36.9223
16 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 36 38.8456
17 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 36 39.3993
18 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 36 39.8707
19 31 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 36 44.1596
20 56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 35 1 lap
21 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 34 2 laps
22 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 34 2 laps
23 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 30 6 laps
24 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 29 7 laps
  34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 32  

Supercars Sandown SuperSprint - Race 2 Results

Cla Driver Car Laps Time
1 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 36  
2 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 36 7.5168
3 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 36 11.9971
4 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 36 13.9855
5 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 36 16.1845
6 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 36 16.1860
7 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 36 27.5696
8 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 36 28.5089
9 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 36 31.3972
10 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 36 33.5710
11 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 36 33.9561
12 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 36 35.8263
13 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 36 36.8210
14 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 36 37.2468
15 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 36 37.4647
16 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 36 39.7060
17 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 36 42.2831
18 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 36 42.4547
19 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 36 46.6419
20 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 36 47.8407
21 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 36 51.0895
22 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 36 51.6989
23 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 35 1 lap
24 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 31 5 laps
25 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 31 5 laps
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