The Bend Supercars: Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup win

Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup took a win apiece at the first Supercars round at The Bend Motorsport Park, with van Gisbergen taking the points lead from Scott McLaughlin

The Bend Supercars: Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup win

The weekend started with an absolute cakewalk for van Gisbergen, who waltzed his way to a six-second win in Saturday's single-stop sprint race.

The pivotal moment in the race was a lap-five pass on polesitter and early leader Whincup, which meant when the safety car was called two laps later to retrieve Garth Tander's broken down Commodore, van Gisbergen had the pit priority.

With Whincup dropping back to eighth after being forced to stack behind Triple Eight team-mate van Gisbergen, and Rick Kelly - who inherited second - lacking the speed to mount a serious challenge, van Gisbergen was able to cruise to the first ever Supercars win at The Bend.

Making the win even sweeter was that points leader McLaughlin finished down in sixth. The Penske Ford driver was unable to trouble the lead group, and couldn't even hold a recovering Whincup off in the closing stages to limit the points damage.

Whincup got back to fourth behind Michael Caruso, clearing Will Davison, McLaughlin, and Mark Winterbottom after his unfortunate delay in the pitlane.

Saturday's result put van Gisbergen within striking distance - 41 points - of McLaughlin's series lead. On Sunday, he completed the job of overhauling his fellow Kiwi.

For the second day in a row the Red Bull Holdens were too strong, although this time it was Whincup, once again the polesitter, who cruised to victory.

His cause was helped massively by van Gisbergen falling behind Tim Slade at the start, which gave Whincup a small window to build a 3s lead in the two laps before van Gisbergen got back into second.

While van Gisbergen was powerless to stop his team-mate from ultimately taking an 11s win, second place proved to be enough.

With McLaughlin managing just 10th from the 200km race, finishing where he started, van Gisbergen now has a 19-point lead in the standings.

David Reynolds was the big mover in the second race, coming from 12th on the grid to finish third after Slade made a mistake with a handful of laps to go and gifted his podium spot to the Erebus driver.

The series now heads into endurance mode, with the Sandown 500 in mid-September kicking off the long-distance races in three weeks.

Saturday race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden 24 48m23.2330s
2 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 24 6.2602s
3 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan 24 8.9122s
4 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden 24 12.8870s
5 Mark Winterbottom The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford 24 15.8232s
6 Scott McLaughlin Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford 24 16.3999s
7 Will Davison Milwaukee Racing Ford 24 16.7757s
8 James Courtney Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Holden 24 17.2386s
9 Chaz Mostert Supercheap Auto Racing Ford 24 18.4191s
10 Craig Lowndes Autobarn Lowndes Racing Holden 24 19.3586s
11 Nick Percat Blackwoods Racing Holden 24 20.5997s
12 Tim Slade Freightliner Racing Holden 24 22.7779s
13 Cameron Waters Monster Energy Racing Ford 24 24.9283s
14 Fabian Coulthard Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford 24 27.3514s
15 Tim Blanchard CoolDrive Racing Holden 24 28.0386s
16 Jack Le Brocq Tekno Autosports Holden 24 33.5284s
17 David Reynolds Erebus Penrite Racing Holden 24 33.7630s
18 Scott Pye Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Holden 24 34.0830s
19 Andre Heimgartner Nissan Motorsport Nissan 24 34.6399s
20 Lee Holdsworth Preston Hire Racing Holden 24 39.7719s
21 James Golding Wilson Security Racing GRM Holden 24 41.8973s
22 Richie Stanaway Tickford Racing Ford 24 43.2828s
23 Simona de Silvestro Team Harvey Norman Nissan 24 43.7149s
24 Anton De Pasquale Erebus Racing Holden 24 45.3631s
25 Macauley Jones Drillpro Racing Holden 24 45.5783s
26 Todd Hazelwood Bigmate Racing Holden/Ford 24 57.9581s
27 Kurt Kostecki Arcoplate Racing Holden 24 1m07.6492s
28 Garth Tander Wilson Security Racing GRM Holden 18 6 Laps

Sunday race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden 41 1h17m54.3862s
2 Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden 41 11.2894s
3 David Reynolds Erebus Penrite Racing Holden 41 13.4574s
4 Tim Slade Freightliner Racing Holden 41 20.5439s
5 Nick Percat Blackwoods Racing Holden 41 22.0638s
6 Scott Pye Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Holden 41 24.6875s
7 Will Davison Milwaukee Racing Ford 41 26.3717s
8 Craig Lowndes Autobarn Lowndes Racing Holden 41 30.5942s
9 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan 41 32.4142s
10 Scott McLaughlin Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford 41 34.9658s
11 Anton De Pasquale Erebus Racing Holden 41 43.5850s
12 Chaz Mostert Supercheap Auto Racing Ford 41 44.4193s
13 James Courtney Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Holden 41 47.0990s
14 Fabian Coulthard Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford 41 47.3777s
15 Cameron Waters Monster Energy Racing Ford 41 47.7843s
16 Mark Winterbottom The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford 41 49.0797s
17 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 41 53.5338s
18 Jack Le Brocq Tekno Autosports Holden 41 1m09.2666s
19 Macauley Jones Drillpro Racing Holden 41 1m13.2970s
20 Garth Tander Wilson Security Racing GRM Holden 41 1m13.8809s
21 Tim Blanchard CoolDrive Racing Holden 41 1m22.0578s
22 Richie Stanaway Tickford Racing Ford 41 1m36.0884s
23 Simona de Silvestro Team Harvey Norman Nissan 41 1m45.0073s
24 James Golding Wilson Security Racing GRM Holden 41 1m45.5867s
25 Todd Hazelwood Bigmate Racing Holden/Ford 40 1 Lap
- Lee Holdsworth Preston Hire Racing Holden 20 Retirement
- Andre Heimgartner Nissan Motorsport Nissan 4 Retirement
- Kurt Kostecki Arcoplate Racing Holden 1 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Shane van Gisbergen 2778
2 Scott McLaughlin 2759
3 Jamie Whincup 2416
4 Craig Lowndes 2229
5 David Reynolds 2213
6 Fabian Coulthard 1922
7 Rick Kelly 1918
8 Chaz Mostert 1892
9 Tim Slade 1742
10 Scott Pye 1702
11 Nick Percat 1693
12 Mark Winterbottom 1532
13 James Courtney 1482
14 Garth Tander 1458
15 Michael Caruso 1429
16 Will Davison 1423
17 Cameron Waters 1288
18 Jack Le Brocq 1244
19 Andre Heimgartner 1154
20 Anton De Pasquale 1110
21 Lee Holdsworth 951
22 Simona de Silvestro 942
23 James Golding 923
24 Tim Blanchard 890
25 Richie Stanaway 875
26 Todd Hazelwood 811
27 Macauley Jones 135
28 Kurt Kostecki 90

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