Shane van Gisbergen back on the podium in the Apple Isle

Shane van Gisbergen has made a late charge to finish on the podium in Race 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains today.

The 50 lap feature race saw Mark Winterbottom start from ARMOR Pole position, the first ever for Team 18’s IRWIN Racing out and a few years between drinks, for 2015 Champion having his last in 2016.

“I’m lucky enough to have a few poles in this category but that is the coolest by a long way,” said Winterbottom.

“We are a small team, one garage and all that sort of stuff, but that is the proudest moment I’ve had in a race car for a very long time.”

In an unlikely situation for Red Bull Holden Racing driver Jamie Whincup, which saw him finish two laps down, after an earlier run-in with car #55.

“It was a disappointing day as I don’t know what happened. We had a fast car and ended up with nothing,” said Whincup.

“I am thinking that it had to of been a driving error, but the data doesn’t show anywhere where I can improve. I wish the data reflected poor driving as that would make it a bit easier, but it doesn’t.”

“I feel good, I’m ready to go, the car is good but it’s just not happening.”

Mobil 1 MEGA Racing driver James Courtney capitalised on good car speed to steer his #25 Commodore inside the top-5, ahead of David Reynolds (Penrite Racing), Tim Slade (Freightliner Racing), Nick Percat (Brad Jones Racing), Anton De Pasquale (Penrite Racing).

The Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSpritn continues tomorrow with Practice 4 determining the grid for the three-part elimination style qualifying, followed by Race 8 of the season.