Shane van Gisbergen took victory in the opening V8 Supercars race at Albert Park,
“It was a good start and we got to the lead but we didn’t have any grip and Whincup was all over me,” said Van Gisbergen afterward.
“Then the car came on and we left them.
“We’ve tried some stuff this weekend that seems to be working but I think Volvo and Caruso were pretty quick cars so it would have been interesting to see what pace they had if they were right behind us.
“We’ll see how we go in the hotter conditions this afternoon.”
Whincup received a bad sportsmanship flag early in the second place battle having squeezed McLaughlin onto the grass on the inside of the main straight.
The Red Bull Holden eventually steadied the ship to take second from McLaughlin and Caruso.
Fabian Coulthard and Garth Tander completed the top six, with the latter taking Craig Lowndes on the penultimate lap.
See below for the full Race 1 result
|1||Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||10||19:48.4102|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||10||19:54.5905|
|3||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||10||19:55.5983|
|4||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||10||19:55.8951|
|5||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||10||19:56.4490|
|6||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||10||19:57.9238|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||10||19:59.4993|
|8||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||10||19:59.8856|
|9||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||10||20:00.3702|
|10||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||10||20:00.8776|
|11||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||10||20:01.1223|
|12||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||10||20:01.6129|
|13||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||10||20:04.5908|
|14||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||10||20:04.8231|
|15||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||10||20:09.2897|
|16||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||10||20:09.6230|
|17||Walkinshaw Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||10||20:10.9881|
|18||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||10||20:11.9065|
|19||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||10||20:14.2367|
|20||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||10||20:14.8133|
|21||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||10||20:17.5196|
|22||Jeld-wen||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||10||20:19.0300|
|23||Team ADVAM / GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||10||20:19.3878|
|24||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||10||20:19.6596|
|25||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||10||20:24.7287|
Shane van Gisbergen made it two wins from two starts. Lining up on pole thanks to his Race 1 success, the Tekno Autosports Holden driver made the best of the double-file rolling start to retain the lead into the opening corner.
He fought off the advances of Scott McLaughlin for the first half-lap, before the Volvo driver slipped to fifth by running wide at Turn 11.
Lowndes then took up the challenge, tracking Van Gisbergen before eventually having to settle for second.
Fabian Coulthard, Michael Caruso, McLaughlin, Garth Tander, Jamie Whincup and Jason Bright filled third through eighth after the opening lap shuffle and held station until the chequered flag.
Whincup had been forced to start seventh after copping a five-place grid penalty for forcing McLaughlin onto the grass in Race 1.
Chaz Mostert, Will Davison and Rick Kelly greeted the flag in ninth through 11th after all benefiting from a late-race James Moffat off at Turn 13.
The second Norton Nissan had run as high as sixth at the end of the opening lap before running wide while battling Tander’s Holden.
Tander again proved to be the only competitive Walkinshaw runner, with team-mates James Courtney, Nick Percat and Tim Slade finishing 15th through 17th.
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||12||23:58.7720|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||12||23:59.3239|
|3||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:00.6313|
|4||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||12||24:01.4437|
|5||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||12||24:02.3916|
|6||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:07.4400|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:07.8754|
|8||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:08.3106|
|9||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:08.9104|
|10||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||12||24:11.4890|
|11||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||12||24:11.6833|
|12||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||12||24:14.3771|
|13||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||12||24:15.9313|
|14||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:16.2829|
|15||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:16.8329|
|16||Walkinshaw Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:17.4177|
|17||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:18.1631|
|18||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:21.3360|
|19||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||12||24:21.8656|
|20||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||12||24:24.5714|
|21||Team ADVAM / GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:25.2420|
|22||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:25.7990|
|23||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:27.1393|
|24||Jeld-wen||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:30.4325|
|25||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||11||24:35.3782|
Shane van Gisbergen continued his winning ways by making it 3 out of 3.
The Tekno Autosports Holden controlled two double-file rolling starts, the second of which followed an early Safety Car, before holding off Fabian Coulthard to the chequered flag.
Coulthard had moved to second when Craig Lowndes ran wide at Turn 9 on the restart lap.
The Red Bull entry recovered to take the flag directly behind Coulthard in third.
Scott McLaughlin, Garth Tander, Michael Caruso, Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom, David Reynolds and Todd Kelly completed the top 10.
The result marked solid progress for Ford Performance Racing duo Winterbottom and Reynolds, who had started 14th and 18th respectively.
The Safety Car was called partway through the opening lap after the leading FPR entry of Chaz Mostert was spun by Garth Tander at Turn 7.
The right-side of Mostert’s stationary Pepsi Max Ford was subsequently collected by Dale Wood’s Brad Jones Racing Holden.
Both cars are now in doubt for Sunday’s Race 4 after sustaining heavy damage which has now been confirmed that he will not participate in Sunday’s race.
Jason Bright was another with a hard luck story. Starting eighth, the Team BOC Holden ran fifth before retiring with a stuck throttle on the fifth lap.
Like Bright, Will Davison had also gained places during the chaotic start, moving from 10th on the grid to seventh.
The Erebus Mercedes driver’s race was then ruined by a puncture, which forced him to pit as the Safety Car withdrew.
Scott Pye’s misfortune also continued, with the Dick Johnson Racing Ford a retirement after being squeezed into the Turn 5 exit wall on the restart lap.
A fourth and final race will complete the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge tomorrow.
The Race 4 grid will be set by accumulated points from the opening three heats, leaving Van Gisbergen to start from pole ahead of Coulthard, Lowndes, McLaughlin and Caruso.
See below for the Race 3 result
|1||Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||12||27:53.08|
|2||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||12||27:53.58|
|3||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||12||27:54.05|
|4||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||12||27:58.39|
|5||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||12||27:59.06|
|6||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||12||27:59.51|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||12||28:02.45|
|8||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||12||28:03.31|
|9||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||12||28:05.54|
|10||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||12||28:05.81|
|11||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||12||28:06.10|
|12||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||12||28:07.15|
|13||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||12||28:07.49|
|14||Walkinshaw Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||12||28:09.04|
|15||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||12||28:09.95|
|16||Jeld-wen||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||12||28:10.19|
|17||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||12||28:10.71|
|18||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||12||28:10.98|
|19||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||12||28:12.52|
|20||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||12||28:19.71|
|21||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||12||28:41.00|
|DNF||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||4||12:03.06|
|DNF||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||3||09:59.48|
|DNF||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG|
|DNF||Team ADVAM / GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF|