A qualifying lockout and a race win on your debut in Holden colours. You couldn’t write a better script for Shane van Gisbergen, who gave a one-fingered salute to his detractors in the most convincing way possible by winning today’s second leg of the Clipsal 500 at Adelaide.
The 23-year-old New Zealander has been the centre of attention – for both the right and wrong reasons – all weekend after opening up on his part in the controversial ‘retirement that wasn’t’ at the end of last season, but also backing that up with plenty of outright pace for his new employer, Tekno Autosports.
The result marked the team’s first win, and the first proper championship race win for a team other than Triple 8 Engineering or Ford Performance Racing since the 2011 Sandown 500 almost 18 months ago.
However, that frustration proved short-lived, as van Gisbergen quickly reassumed the lead after passing the Ford driver on the fourth lap of the race at the end of the back straight.
Defending series champion Jamie Whincup took Winterbottom for second place with a copycat move on the following lap, quickly kicking off what would be a race-long battle for the lead with van Gisbergen.
Once again, Whincup opted for an earlier first pit stop, and used his fresher rubber to get ahead of the Kiwi, who pitted five laps later. When the second pit stops came around, the positions were reversed and van Gisbergen took the lead once more.
He began to pull away in the final stint, opening up a lead of over ten seconds before the safety car made its only appearance of the weekend so that marshals could mop up the debris following a heavy accident at Turn 8 for Alex Davison late in the race.
The race restart worked perfectly for van Gisbergen, who skipped away when the green flags waved while Whincup, team-mate Craig Lowndes and series veteran Russell Ingall tried to get by David Wall, who was second on the road ahead of them, but a lap behind.
Their delay was enough to give van Gisbergen a quick lead, and once the trio got by Wall, they engaged in a fierce battle for second place in which the two Red Bull Australia team-mates made contact and Ingall briefly skipped into second place.
Once the squabbling had sorted itself out, the chasing trio ran in the order of Whincup, Lowndes and Ingall to the flag, and van Gisbergen had enough of a buffer to ensure victory would be his.
Behind the leading Holden quartet, FPR team-mates Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison finished fifth and sixth, with both losing a shot at victory after each was delayed with sticking wheel nuts in their final pit stops.
In contrast to yesterday’s relatively attrition-light race that saw just four retirements, today’s race was a rather more fraught affair for many runners.
The Erebus AMG team’s tough baptism continued, losing two of its three runners to mechanical dramas.
He and his brother Todd were caught out in a late-race fracas triggered by Jason Bright, who tipped Rick into a spin and right into the path of an unsighted Garth Tander, who was clobbered hard by the other Kelly brother.
2013 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 – Race 2 Final Classification (78 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||1:51:52.4116|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 2.2193|
|3.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 3.8293|
|4.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 7.0731|
|5.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 7.3886|
|6.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 7.9701|
|7.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 8.9026|
|8.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 12.5191|
|9.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 14.3277|
|10.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 14.6548|
|11.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 18.0410|
|12.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 18.8045|
|13.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 19.9581|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 53.4477|
|15.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1 lap|
|16.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1 lap|
|17.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1 lap|
|DNF.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||68 laps|
|DNF.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||68 laps|
|DNF.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||68 laps|
|DNF.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||63 laps|
|DNF.||Jonny Reid||ADVAM Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||52 laps|
|DNF.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||32 laps|
|DNF.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||27 laps|
|DNF.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||17 laps|
|DNF.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||7 laps|
|DNF.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||6 laps|
|DNF.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||3 laps|