After being beaten by his teammate Jamie Whincup in today’s opening race of the ITM Auckland SuperSprint round, Supercars Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen has returned serve by claiming victory in Saturday’s second 100-kilometre race at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
With the pair continuining to trade race wins, van Gisbergan maintained his 148-point lead over Whincup in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
Van Gisbergen qualified on pole but it was Whincup who once again made the better start to take the early lead. Not to be outdone again, van Gisbergen counterattacked and the pair waged a frenetic battle in the opening laps of the race before the New Zealander was able to get ahead.
Behind them, the race was relatively pedestrian through the rest of the field. Prodirve Racing’s Chaz Mostert led a trio of Fords home to claim the final podium position ahead of fifth-placed teammate Mark Winterbottom, with DJR Team Penske’s Fabian Coulthard sandwiched between the two in fourth.
Bathurst 1000 winner Will Davison was sixth in his TEKNO Autosports Holden ahead of Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin, who was unable to add to his run of three successive podium finishes.
Despite his seventh-placed finish, McLaughlin managed to close in to just 22 points behind Craig Lowndes, who sits tenuously in third place in the Drivers’ Championship standings after finishing a lowly 15th in this race.
Sunday’s action features two further 100-kilometre races.
|2016 Australian Supercars ITM Auckland SuperSprint – Race 25 Top-10 Finishers (35 laps)|
|Pos||Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Shane van Gisbergen||Triple Eight Engineering||37:36.125|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Engineering||+ 2.181|
|3.||Chaz Mostert||Prodrive Racing||+ 9.287|
|4.||Fabian Coulthard||DJR Team Penske||+ 12.348|
|5.||Mark Winterbottom||Prodrive Racing||+ 13.863|
|6.||Will Davison||TEKNO Autosports||+ 18.119|
|7.||Scott McLaughlin||Polestar GRM Volvo||+ 19.872|
|8.||David Reynolds||Erebus Motorsport||+ 25.625|
|9.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Motorsport||+ 26.648|
|10.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team||+ 27.817|
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