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VAN GISBERGEN WINS HIS FIRST SUPERCARS RACE AT WANNEROO


Published at 4/30/2022

Shane van Gisbergen took an emphatic in Perth, his first at Wanneroo and the 600th for Holden as a manufacturer in Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars Championship history.

The New Zealander sat third in the opening stint however when his rivals Cameron Waters pitted on lap 17 and Anton De Pasquale on 18 he stayed out until lap 32.

With much fresher tyres he was able to march forward overtaking Waters on lap 34 before hunting down and eventually passing De Pasquale on lap 43 of 46.

Van Gisbergen went on to take the win by 2.3s from De Pasquale and Waters.

Tickford Racing driver Cameron Waters sat in second throughout the opening stint, however when De Pasquale and Shane van Gisbergen were able to push in the final stint Waters could not keep up with the pair.

Waters tried to get passed De Pasquale soon after the pitstops up the inside at Turn 6 but was unable to make the move after bouncing off the inside kerb.

Waters would finish a lonely third 5s behind De Pasquale, but 5s ahead of David Reynolds.

Reynolds continues his great run of form with the Grove Racing outfit, now his sixth top five finish in the last seven races.

Triple Eight rookie Broc Feeney had never raced on the track leading into today and finished the race in an impressive fifth.

After starting from 12th Will Davison pitted late and recovered to end the race in sixth ahead of James Courtney.

Brodie Kostecki was fighting Reynolds for fourth in the opening stint, however a slow left-rear change cost him over five seconds and cost him crutial track position.

Kostecki never recovered finishing the 46 lap encounter in eighth, just 0.3s ahead of Matt Stone Racing driver Todd hazelwood and Brad Jones Racing driver Andre Heimgartner.

Walkinshaw Andretti United drivers Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat both qualified from outside of the top 20 in 23rd and 25th respectively and both made very little progress in the race.

Percat came home in 21st, just 0.4s ahead of his disappointed teammate.

Lee Holdsworth started the race in between the pair from 24th, despite a poor start the reigning Bathurst 1000 winner surged through the field to finish the race in 11th.

Thomas Randle came home in 12th holding off veterans Tim Slade and Mark Winterbottom late on.

Macauley Jones and Jack le Brocq were next ahead of Will Brown who surprised his team when he entered the lane.

Garry Jacobson, Scott Pye and Jake Kostecki rounded out the top 20.

Behind Percat and Mostert came Jack Smith and Chris Pither who was spun at Turn 1.

Bryce Fullwood was given a penalty for the incident, however the Northern Territorian was forced to retire with a transaxle issue.

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