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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 

Pos Team Driver Car Laps Time
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

Pos Team Driver Car Laps Time
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
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