Watch the highlights from Race 2 in Hamilton

After countless races of unfulfilled promise, Shane van Gisbergen has finally taken his maiden V8 Supercars race victory, and he could not have picked a better place to do it: in front of his home crowd at the ITM400 in the New Zealand city of Hamilton.

The baby-faced 21-year-old showed great mettle after a difficult opening race – where he embarrassingly crashed into the pit wall – to hold out against Gary Rogers’ driver Lee Holdsworth and TOLL HRT’s Garth Tander.

It was an outstanding result for all three, none of whom managed to finish in the top-fifteen places in yesterday’s first race.

Van Gisbergen’s home crowd erupted when the Ford Performance Racing driver took the chequered flag, which was also the first for the outfit on New Zealand soil.

The result sees van Gisbergen move to sixth in the Drivers’ Championship standing, which closed up dramatically after several of the championship frontrunners hit trouble in today’s 59-lap race.

In particular, Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup both struck trouble in unison after getting tangled in a multi-car accident at Turn 3 that started when Michael Caruso spun at the corner. The carnage saw Winterbottom forced to retire his Ford, while Whincup limped to the pits for repairs and finished 18th, two laps adrift.

Having come into this weekend sitting inside the top-three in the championship standings, Winterbottom’s DNF drops him to sixth, while Whincup somehow still managed to hold onto his title lead, this time with Rick Kelly (the winner in yesterday’s first race) in second place and 81 points shy.

Kelly actually should have made it back-to-back podiums at Hamilton, but he clipped a tyre bundle at Turn 4 and dropped to sixth.

Will Davison wound up finishing in fourth place in the sister FPR entry, while Steve Owen mirrored his personal-best qualifying effort with fifth place in the race – another PB for the VIP Petfoods driver.

Rick Kelly, Alex Davison, Russell Ingall, Steven Johnson and Craig Lowndes (who also served a drive-through penalty for crossing over the pit exit blend line) completed the top-ten finishers.


V8 Supercars ITM400 Final Classification (Race 2 – 59 laps):

Driver Team Result
1. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tool Racing 01:34:19:8748
2. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing GRM + 0.7827
3. Garth Tander Holden TOLL Holden Racing Team + 6.2116
4. Will Davison Ford Trading Post FPR + 8.3795
5. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods + 12.5273
6. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s Racing + 15.2856
7. Alex Davison Ford Irwin Racing + 15.4074
8. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto Racing + 15.9901
9. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing + 16.7432
10. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone + 18.6275
11. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC + 20.0527
12. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team + 20.9837
13. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing + 23.7198
14. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing + 24.0775
15. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s Racing + 28.0479
16. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil Racing + 33.9765
17. James Moffat Ford Jim Beam + 1:00.9633
18. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone 2 laps behind
19. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team 3 laps behind
20. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing 11 laps behind
DNF Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing 55 laps
DNF Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg Racing 55 laps
DNF Tony D’Alberto Ford Wilson Security Racing 46 laps
DNF Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing GRM 43 laps
DNF Jason Bargwanna Holden Jana Living Racing 20 laps
DNF Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel FPR 19 laps
DNF Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew 9 laps
DNF James Courtney Holden TOLL Holden Racing Team 3 laps

[Video via V8 Supercars]

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