Shane van Gisbergen has continued to showcase his prowess on street circuits, winning today’s two supporting V8 Supercars races at the Australian Grand Prix.

Van Gisbergen cruised home to win Race 1 of the MSS V8 Supercars Challenge, six seconds in front of Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup.

Polesitter Michael Caruso had an average start to the race, losing positions away from the race’s rolling start to van Gisbergen, Whincup and

Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo; he finished the race in fourth place.

The talking point of the race was the reigniting of Adelaide’s battle between Whincup and McLaughlin, who were fighting for second the majority of the 10-lap race. However, in an incident between the two, Whincup was penalised five grid positions for Race 2 after stewards concluded that he failed to leave sufficient racing room for McLaughlin when he tried to shove him into the pit wall.

The tussle between the two played into van Gisbergen’s favour, as he was able to extend his lead to an eventual six-second margin of victory.

Dick Johnson Racing’s Scott Pye was also penalised following a post-race investigation and an admission in that he had driven in a careless manner. He made contact with David Reynolds at turn three which ended in a spin for fellow Ford runner Reynolds.

“It was a good start and we got to the lead but we didn’t have any grip and Whincup was all over me,” van Gisbergen said in the post-race press conference.

“We’ve tried some stuff this weekend that seems to be working but I think Volvo and Caruso were in pretty quick cars so it would have been interesting to see what pace they had if they were right behind us.”


2014 V8 Supercars MSS Security Challenge – Race 1 Results (10 laps):

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden 19:48.410
2. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 6.180
3. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 7.188
4. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 8.039
5. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 8.039
6. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 9.154
7. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 11.089
8. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 11.475
9. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 11.960
10. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 12.476
11. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 12.712
12. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 13.203
13. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 16.181
14. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 16.413
15. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 20.880
16. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 21.213
17. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 22.578
18. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 23.496
19. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 25.827
20. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 26.403
21. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 30.620
22. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 30.978
23. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 31.249
24. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 36.319
25. Scott Pye* Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1:19.110

* Denotes 50-second post-race time penalty for causing an avoidable collision.


Van Gisbergen picked up where he left off and took out Race 2. He led from start to finish, although this time had a narrower winning margin of just 0.6 seconds to Craig Lowndes’ Red Bull Racing Holden.

Shane van GisbergenFabian Coulthard rounded up the top three to make it an all-Holden podium, crossing the line one second behind Lowndes, while Michael Caruso managed to keep up with the front runners to finish fourth for the second race running.

The opening lap provided great racing as Caruso, Lowndes and Coulthard entered Turn 1 three abreast and coming out clean the other side.

Scott McLaughlin was also in the mix, but threw away his prospects of a win with a costly mistake that saw him slip down the field from second to fifth position. On the exit of Turn 12 he ran wide attempting to pass van Gisbergen, allowing Lowndes, Coulthard and Caruso to nip ahead.

Jamie Whincup did a good job to stay out of trouble as he attempted to recover from his five-place grid penalty for not leaving enough room for McLaughlin in Race 1.

Scott Pye failed to get off the grid, so he had to be pushed back into the pits to see if his car would start under its own power. The Wilson Security team eventually got the car running but Pye entered the field a lap down.


2014 V8 Supercars MSS Security Challenge – Race 2 Results (12 laps):

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden 23:58.772
2. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.552
3. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.859
4. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 2.672
5. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 3.620
6. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 8.668
7. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 9.103
8. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 9.539
9. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 10.138
10. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 12.717
11. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 12.911
12. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 15.605
13. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 17.159
14. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 17.511
15. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 18.061
16. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 18.646
17. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 19.391
18. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 22.564
19. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 23.094
20. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 25.799
21. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 26.470
22. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 27.027
23. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 28.367
24. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 31.661
25. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1 lap

Images via V8 Supercars Media

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