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Supercars Winton Motor Raceway

Supercars Winton: Waters pips van Gisbergen in finale

Cam Waters held off a hard-charging Shane van Gisbergen to take a second win from three Supercars races at Winton in the final contest, as the latter won race two.

Cameron Waters, Tickford Racing

Waters was the big winner at the start, bolting into the lead through Turns 1 and 2 as he left van Gisbergen - who passed Waters early on in race two to secure an earlier victory - scrapping over second with Andre Heimgartner.

It was a scrap that Heimgartner was up for, too, demoting his fellow Kiwi to third on the exit of Turn 2 before covering smartly into Turn 3 to seal second place.

Heimgartner was initially able to match Waters for pace, the pair separated by around eight tenths for the first five laps.

However around that point Waters was able to break clear, his lead growing as Heimgartner dropped back to van Gisbergen.

On Lap 14 the two New Zealanders traded places, van Gisbergen sliding under Heimgartner on the exit of the sweeper to reclaim second place.

At that point the lead was just under three seconds, but van Gisbergen quickly made inroads on Waters.

The lead was down to around 1.5s on Lap 18 when Waters elected to take his mandatory stop.

For the first time this weekend van Gisbergen went for an overcut, staying out for an extra four laps before hitting the lane.

But his stop itself was costly, a decision to take on three tyres allowing Heimgartner, who stopped on the same lap, to get out ahead.

It didn't take long for van Gisbergen to clear Heimgartner, but it did mean he was well over five seconds adrift of Waters as the stops shook out.

The additional grip from the three-tyre strategy meant van Gisbergen could consistently reel Waters in during the second stint.

Cameron Waters, Tickford Racing

Cameron Waters, Tickford Racing

Photo by: Edge Photographics

But he couldn't quite run the Monster Mustang down, Waters holding on to win by just four-tenths in a finish that was similar to yesterday's opener.

"I'm so pumped to get it done again," said Waters. "Two wins this weekend, absolutely amazing.

"I know Shane took three tyres, I knew he was going to come back at me. He was fast in that first stint. I just tried to press on, maintain as much of a gap as I could, and I held on."

Heimgartner came home a somewhat lonely third while David Reynolds was similarly lonely in fourth place.

Erebus pair Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown were next on the road, however Kostecki was dumped down to 13th, and Brown promoted to fifth, in the final results due to a time penalty for speeding in pitlane.

That elevated Lee Holdsworth to sixth ahead of Broc Feeney, Anton De Pasquale, Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison.

Van Gisbergen now leads De Pasquale in the standings by 281 points, while Waters is now third, another 52 points back.

The season continues next month with the Darwin Triple Crown.

Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering

Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering

Photo by: Mark Horsburgh, Edge Photographics

Van Gisbergen dominates Race 2 at Winton

In the first race on Sunday at the Winton Supercars round Shane van Gisbergen passed early leader Cam Waters before sprinting to victory.

The first stint was a carbon copy of Saturday's race, Waters leading the way as van Gisbergen sat patiently just under a second behind.

And, like yesterday, it was the Kiwi that prompted the pair to make their stops when he took his mandatory service on Lap 15.

Waters predictably responded by pitting the next lap and once again he resumed right in front of van Gisbergen.

This time, however, van Gisbergen was able to use his warm tyres to his advantage, using an impressively late dive to slide under Waters into Turn 3.

Once in front there was no stopping the series leader, van Gisbergen managing the gap to Waters across the final stint.

The final winning margin was 5.2s while van Gisbergen has a 244-point lead in the series.

David Reynolds came home third after running long and making some key passes in the second stint.

After running fourth in the first stint, Reynolds didn't take his stop until Lap 22. Initially the undercut left him in fifth behind Will Brown and Chaz Mostert, however it didn't take long for the gripped-up Grove Mustang to barge its way into third.

Lee Holdsworth also worked the overcut in the sister Grove car, the veteran not taking his stop until Lap 24.

He popped out behind the likes of Andre Heimgartner, Mostert and Brown but had the grip to run them all down as he sealed fourth place.

Mostert got by Brown on the final lap of the race as the Erebus driver struggled to get his ancient rubber, fitted during a Lap 5 stop, to the finish.

Brown did, however, manage to hang on to sixth place despite having Heimgartner on his bumper right to the flag. James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom were eighth and ninth as Anton De Pasquale rounded out the Top 10.

Supercars Winton - Race 3 results

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap Interval
1 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 36 -    
2 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 36 0.442 0.442 0.442
3 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 36 10.732 10.733 10.290
4 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 36 15.256 15.256 4.524
5 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 36 25.565 25.565 10.309
6 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 36 27.756 27.757 2.191
7 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 36 28.705 28.706 0.949
8 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 36 29.024 29.024 0.318
9 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 36 34.190 34.190 5.166
10 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 36 35.437 35.437 1.247
11 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 36 36.616 36.616 1.179
12 55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 36 39.024 39.025 2.409
13 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 36 39.276 39.276 0.251
14 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 36 41.858 41.858 2.582
15 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 36 43.610 43.610 1.752
16 76 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 36 45.407 45.407 1.797
17 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 36 45.642 45.642 0.235
18 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 36 50.638 50.638 4.996
19 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 36 53.833 53.833 3.195
20 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 36 58.791 58.791 4.958
21 27 Jayden Ojeda Holden Commodore ZB 36 59.177 59.177 0.386
22 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 36 59.506 59.506 0.329
23 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 36 59.524 59.525 0.019
24 49 Jordan Boys Holden Commodore ZB 36 1'02.336 1'02.337 2.812
25 56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 36 1'02.636 1'02.636 0.300
26 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 35 1 lap    
27 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 31 5 laps    

Supercars Winton - Race 2 results

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap Interval
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'18.290    
2 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 36 49'23.589 5.298 5.298
3 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 36 49'26.833 8.542 3.243
4 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 36 49'33.347 15.057 6.514
5 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'38.207 19.916 4.859
6 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'40.121 21.830 1.914
7 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'40.259 21.969 0.138
8 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 36 49'43.116 24.826 2.857
9 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'43.237 24.947 0.121
10 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 36 49'45.093 26.802 1.855
11 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'45.635 27.345 0.542
12 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'47.336 29.045 1.700
13 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'58.327 40.036 10.991
14 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 36 49'58.470 40.180 0.143
15 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 36 49'58.705 40.414 0.234
16 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 36 49'59.030 40.739 0.324
17 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 36 50'00.240 41.949 1.210
18 55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 36 50'01.025 42.734 0.784
19 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 36 50'03.248 44.957 2.223
20 56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 36 50'03.894 45.603 0.646
21 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 36 50'05.569 47.278 1.675
22 27 Jayden Ojeda Holden Commodore ZB 36 50'10.872 52.581 5.302
23 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 36 50'15.358 57.067 4.486
24 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 36 50'21.948 1'03.658 6.590
25 49 Jordan Boys Holden Commodore ZB 36 50'26.907 1'08.616 4.958
  76 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 26 42'03.005 10 Laps 10 Laps
  20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 18 31'41.009 18 Laps 8 Laps

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