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RED BULL WINS WITH BIGGER WINGS

Shane van Gisbergen claimed victory in race 23 of the Virgin Australia Supercar championship with the type of display previously the domain of Shell V-Power’s Scott McLaughlin. Aero package adjustments certainly seemed to work for van Gisbergen as he claimed pole position with lap record pace and then proceeded to take charge of the race from the front.

“It was such a good day, the boys have been working so hard, van Gisbergen said. Aero changes seemed to have made the difference, but whatever. It’s great ti finally get a win and especially at home.

It was a 1-2 finish for Red Bull Holden Racing as Jamie Whincup trailed home his teammate, though Whincup was later penalised for a first lap incident with Nick Percat as he looked to move forward from a lowly 12th on the grid. The 15 second penalty dropped him down to 6th.

I went down and spoke to his whole crew and Nick as well, Whincup stated. “You don’t want to take those, you don’t want contact, you just want hard, clean racing, but sometimes contact happens.

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There were further incidents during the course of the race, with the most noteworthy being the contact between Tickford Racing pair, Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters. The teammates have a past history of contact with Waters critical of Mostert’s approach towards he teammates. Waters had exited behind Mostert after his final stop and looked to dive up the inside at the end of the back straight. A locked brake saw the Monster car slide into the path of Mostert, who had stayed on the outside through the corner. The contact effective ended the hopes of Mostert, who lost 13 laps in the pits as a result. Waters was able to continue and took 3rd place at the finish, which became 2nd after Whincup’s post race penalty.

“Stupid, exclaimed a clearly angry Tickford boss, Tim Edwards. “Unfortunately Chaz was up the outside. He should have just conceded.

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Shane van Gisbergen led away at the start from a brace of Ford Mustangs, headed by Waters, then Davison, Mostert, Coulthard and McLaughlin. The 70 lap race called for a two stop strategy in order to meet the minimum fuel burn. Computer projections predicted a faster race pace with an early pitstop around lap 8, which was when Fabian Coulthard made his first stop. The strategy was negated 6 laps later when Mark Winterbottom stopped on track with a fuel issue. The subsequent Safety Car saw many of the teams stop immediately for fresh tyres and a heavier fuel load.

The second round of stops took place around laps 38 to 45 and Jamie Whincup took advantage of clever strategy and clean air to jump into 2nd place, just behind van Gisbergen, who had held a comfortable 10 second lead between stops.

Whincup was told to ‘hold’ by his engineer in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the Mostert/ Waters incident and remained behind the #97 to the chequered flag. David Reynolds inherited 3rd after penalties were applied with Scott McLaughlin 4th. Lee Holdsworth, Jamie Whincup, Fabian Coulthard, Andre Heimgartner, Will Davison and Richie Stanaway rounded out the top 10, in what was an excellent result for the Boost Mobile Racing team after teammate James Golding dropped oil from the #34 entry and compromised the race for a number of drivers immediately behind at the time.

Qualifying for Race 24 gets underway at 11.20am local time (9.20am AEST) with the race due to start at 4.10pm Local (2.20pm AEST) for 200km over 70 laps.

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