The Red Bull Holden Racing Team are back in business with Shane van Gisbergen winning Race 23 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Van Gisbergen took the lead form his #1 grid position and put in a stellar performance despite a safety car period which spiced up the race and the field for the closing part of the race.
“Man this place, all the support it just makes you lift and you come here and it’s just such an awesome feeling to have so many Kiwi fans, so glad we could get one (win) and hopefully we get another tomorrow,” said van Gisbergen.
Whincup meanwhile started from 12th on the grid and a timely safety car, coupled with an early pit stop by the team put the #88 in the hunt as he lead the race inbetween the first and second round of pit stops before van Gisbergen swapped back for the lead, after the last round of stops was completed.
UPDATE: David Reynolds and Penrite Racing pick up a podium with 3rd place at Pukekohe Park.
Jamie Whincup finished the race second but has been handed a 15-sec penalty by the race stewards following a post-race investigation. He drops to sixth as a result.
As a result of the post-race investigation, Triple Eight has lost its one two finish with Cameron Waters now inheriting second while Reynolds takes third.
Earlier in the day van Gisbergen also scored the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s second Pole Position of the year with a massive lap of Pukekohe Park Raceway, setting a new qualifying lap record in the process.
“Just fired up man, there’s nothing like racing at home,” said van Gisbergen.
“All the people here cheering us on, it’s such a cool feeling. Bloody awesome day, thanks.
“My first lap was really good; first lap of the second run I mucked up and pulled it together for the last one. Yeah, super stoked.”
Despite still recovering from a neck injury, Boost Mobile Racing’s Richie Stanaway put in a superb drive on home soil to finish 10th behind the wheel of his Holden – his best result with the team.
Tomorrow’s Race 24 will see another 70-lap feature race with Sunday’s program also seeing a return of the Armor All Top-10 Shootout.
Results: Race 23, ITM Auckland SuperSprint Updated
|1||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:07.6388|
|2||6||Monster Energy Racing Team||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:19:20.2879|
|3||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:23.0666|
|4||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:19:23.7278|
|5||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:19:24.5302|
|6||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:25.0018|
|7||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:19:29.0219|
|8||7||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||70||1:19:29.6345|
|9||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:19:32.4612|
|10||33||Boost Mobile Racing||Richie Stanaway||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:33.5656|
|11||14||Machinery House Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:34.2994|
|12||8||NZ Safety Blackwoods Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:39.4878|
|13||2||Mobil 1 Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:39.9183|
|14||35||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:45.4886|
|15||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:45.9585|
|16||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||70||1:19:46.2248|
|17||22||Mobil 1 Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:19:47.6236|
|18||3||RABBLE.club Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||70||1:19:49.8172|
|19||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||70||1:19:54.6695|
|20||21||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:20:05.5406|
|21||19||Truck Assist TEKNO Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||69||1:19:21.9992|
|22||18||Irwin Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||65||1:19:56.9295|
|23||34||Boost Mobile Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||60||1:19:52.4998|
|24||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||56||1:20:09.3370|
Championship points Updated
|2||Shane van Gisbergen||2272|
|11||Anton De Pasquale||1620|
|20||Simona De Silvestro||1033|
|21||Jack Le Brocq||856|