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Tasmania Supercars: Whincup and Mostert end van Gisbergen's winning streak

Jamie Whincup and Chas Mostert snapped Shane van Gisbergen's seven-race Supercars winning streak with victories at Symmons Plains.

Race winner Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering

Race winner Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering

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Polesitter Cam Waters led across the first stint of the second race of the weekend, although it was never a comfortable lead.

From the word go, he had Whincup under his rear wing, while van Gisbergen joined the battle for the lead at the lap 10 mark after making good early progress from sixth on the grid.

Waters opted for an early stop on lap 13 of 44, Whincup almost following him into the lane before making a last-second decision to stay out and take over the lead.

He kept van Gisbergen at arm's length for the next six laps before serving his stop, re-emerging back behind Waters, who had benefited from the undercut.

The benefit was shortlived, though, Tickford's ongoing tyre degradation issues leaving Waters as a sitting duck.

On lap 26, Whincup got his nose under Waters at the hairpin, the pair knocking doors as they drag raced down the back straight before Whincup eased into the lead at Turn 6.

From there, he just had to manage the gap back to van Gisbergen, Whincup successfully snapping his team-mate's seven-race winning streak with a first victory since Townsville last season.

It also marked Whincup's 123rd career win and first with new race engineer Wes McDougall. 

"It's a good feeling to get the win," said Whincup. "[Shane] has had a shocker, he's finished second. 

"The car was great. I didn't quite get the start I would have liked, but we had slightly better tyre life than Cam. SVG was coming at the end but I just had enough to hang on."

Van Gisbergen had an action-packed run through to second, having dropped back to fourth on the road after taking a late stop on lap 27. 

That meant he had to get past Will Davison and Waters, van Gisbergen using the hairpin on both occasions to dive under his rivals.

The pass on Waters was particularly aggressive, van Gisbergen making a late dive before running Waters nice and high at the apex. 

That opened the door for Davison to follow van Gisbergen through, before charging to the podium. 

Waters finished fourth ahead of impressive rookie Will Brown, while Mostert made decent progress from 10th on the grid to finish sixth.

Race winner Chaz Mostert, Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden

Race winner Chaz Mostert, Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden

Photo by: Edge Photographics

Mostert's final race of the weekend was even better as the former Ford star took his maiden win in a Holden in dominant fashion, the final margin over the field a healthy 10 seconds.

He set the victory up with a brilliant start from the outside of the front row that helped him vault clear of Waters well before Turn 1. 

He couldn't quite shake Waters across the first stint, the gap between the former team-mates hovering around the half-second mark. 

However, the cycle of stops worked in Mostert's favour, his lap 13 service coming later than the rest of the frontrunners, but leaving him more than a second clear of Waters and the chasing field.

Once in the effective lead, Mostert was unstoppable, quickly extending the margin as Waters fell away in the second stint.

"It's been a long time for a first place in Supercars, I was starting to believe I couldn't do it," said Mostert. 

"I'm super stoked for the team. We were there or thereabouts with pace all weekend but that car in the last race was a lot of fun in clean air. I'm so happy to finally get that monkey off our back."

For the third time this weekend, Waters couldn't convert his early speed across the race distance, although he did hold on longer than usual this time around.

He managed to cling on to second, albeit with four cars parked under his Mustang's wing, until two laps from the end.

He was then passed by Dick Johnson Racing pair Anton De Pasquale and Davison on consecutive laps as he slipped back to fourth.

Triple Eight drivers Whincup and van Gisbergen, who had shared every win of the season until this race, were part of that frantic battle for second in the closing stages. 

They traded places twice in that final stint, Whincup seemingly letting van Gisbergen through to have a crack at the cars in front before they reversed their order again on the last lap.

The fifth place helped Whincup to the round win, although the gap to leader van Gisbergen in the standings is still a hefty 139 points.

Race 2 result:

Cla # Driver Car Gap
1 88 AUS Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB  
2 97 NZL Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1.003
3 17 AUS Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 6.496
4 6 AUS Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 11.905
5 9 AUS Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 14.002
6 25 AUS Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 15.816
7 18 AUS Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 15.973
8 26 AUS David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 16.996
9 20 AUS Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 17.916
10 7 NZL Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 18.781
11 8 AUS Nicholas Percat Holden Commodore ZB 19.257
12 3 AUS Timothy Slade Ford Mustang GT 19.458
13 11 AUS Anton de Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 22.255
14 14 AUS Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 22.435
15 34 AUS Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 28.670
16 99 AUS Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 29.675
17 2 AUS Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 30.966
18 35 AUS Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 34.464
19 22 AUS Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 35.732
20 96 AUS Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 45.653
21 5 AUS Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT  
22 44 AUS James Courtney Ford Mustang GT  
  19 NZL Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB  
  4 AUS Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB  

Race 3 result:

 Pos # Driver Car Gap
1 25  Chaz Mostert Holden  
2 11  Anton de Pasquale Ford 10.2002
3 17  Will Davison Ford 11.1689
4 Cameron Waters Ford 12.1461
5 88  Jamie Whincup Holden 12.6105
6 97  Shane van Gisbergen Holden 13.3862
7 35  Zane Goddard Holden 15.0967
8 26  David Reynolds Ford 15.8234
9 44  James Courtney Ford 16.9284
10 Nick Percat Holden 17.3618
11 18  Mark Winterbottom Holden 19.2286
12 Tim Slade Ford 19.5417
13 19  Fabian Coulthard Holden 19.8981
14 20  Scott Pye Holden 22.8825
15 William Brown Holden 25.6853
16 14  Todd Hazelwood Holden 26.1666
17 Bryce Fullwood Holden 26.5692
18 99  Brodie Kostecki Holden 27.8886
19 Jack Le Brocq Ford 32.7815
20 96  Macauley Jones Holden 32.9747
21 34  Jake Kostecki Holden 33.8108
22 Andre Heimgartner Ford 34.2758
23 Jack Smith Holden 34.8713
24 22  Garry Jacobson Holden 37.8958

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