Dramatic second Shane van Gisbergen spins out and slams right into a concrete wall – earlier than coming again to say a shock victory at Albert Park
- Shane van Gisbergen received Race Three in Melbourne
- He spun-out throughout apply however was on observe for qualifying
- Chaz Mostert maintains the championship lead
Shane van Gisbergen has claimed his second official win for the 2023 season within the first Thursday race in V8 Supercars’ 63-year historical past.
The reigning Supercars Champion took claimed victory for Race Three at Melbourne‘s Albert Park following a dramatic spin-out in apply.
The Triple Eight driver misplaced management of his Pink Bull Camaro after his left rear wheel caught the grass, sending him whirling down the observe and right into a concrete wall.
Gisbergen appeared shaken after the crash however shortly recovered for qualifying classes three and 4.
He praised his workforce for repairing the harm to the rear of his automobile and spoiler in time for qualifying.
Shane van Gisbergen received Race Three of the V8 Supercars 2023 season at Melbourne’s Albert Park on Thursday (pictured, Gisbergen on the rostrum alongside Erebus Coca-Cola’s Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown)
‘Because of my workforce. After what I did to the automobile this morning, tried to put in writing the automobile off,’ he joked.
‘Patched it up like they did, then two good qualis (sic) and a race win. Stoked.’
Gisbergen began Race Three in third place behind Erebus Coca-Cola’s Brodie Kostecki in second and Shell V-Energy’s De Pasquale in pole place.
The victory means Gisbergen has completed first on observe in each race this season however he was stripped of his Race One win for working an unlawful cooling system.
Kostecki and his Coca-Cola Racing teammate Will Brown crammed the remaining spots on Thursday’s podium.
In fourth was Pink Bull’s Brock Feeney leading to Camaros claiming the 4 prime spots.
Feeney has additionally scored 5 bonus championship factors for driving the quickest lap of the race.
Chaz Mostert broke the Camaro streak within the Mobil 1 Optus Mustang by taking out fifth place. He is maintained his championship lead by simply 31 factors.
The race was divided in two by pit stops with half the automobiles solely stopping on the finish of Lap 17 of 19.
Race Three marked the primary time in Supercars historical past a race has run on a Thursday (pictured, flip one in all Race Three)
Shane van Gisbergen managed to say victory on Thursday following a dramatic crash (above) that broken the rear of his automobile throughout apply
De Pasquale was one of many late-pitting automobiles and missed an opportunity on the podium after a sluggish cease, ending in sixth.
Van Gisbergen additionally suffered a sluggish pit cease with the workforce fumbling the precise rear tyre, costing the Kiwi his two-second margin over Kostecki only one lap earlier than the race’s finish.
Quantity 23 driver Tim Slade climbed 5 locations to complete in twentieth following a crash at flip 5 throughout apply.
His automobile suffered vital rear and left-corner harm after hitting the concrete barrier with the Nulon Racing V8’s left-rear wheel left hanging free.
Slade’s workforce managed to repair the automobile simply 5 minutes earlier than the flag dropped for Race Three however his absence from qualifying resulted in a pit lane begin.
A strategic tyre transfer by the Triple Eight and Erebus groups caught the attention of officers within the final lap of the race.
Groups had been informed they’d be required to make use of two differing tyre compound units for the Melbourne race however the observe was declared moist at first, nullifying the rule.
Chaz Mostert within the Mobil 1 Optus Mustang (above) has retained his 2023 championship lead by 31 factors
As a substitute, groups had been solely required to modify out two of the automobile’s tyres over the course of the race however the loophole was solely absolutely realised on Lap 18.
Erebus and Pink Bull each swapped simply two tyres on their automobiles, giving them a big benefit over the remainder of the observe.
Thursday’s 19-lap race was first of 4 this week set to run on the identical observe as Sunday’s Australian F1 Grand Prix.
V8 Supercars will return to the observe for a 15-lap race at 2.55pm on Friday.
2023 V8 SUPERCARS RESULTS
1 Shane van Gisbergen – Pink Bull Ampol Racing
2 Brodie Kostecki – Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus
3 Will Brown – Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus
4 Broc Feeney – Pink Bull Ampol Racing
5 Chaz Mostert – Mobil 1 Optus Racing
6 Anton De Pasquale – Shell V-Energy Racing Group
7 Cam Waters – Monster Power Racing
8 Jack Le Brocq – Truck Help Racing
9 James Courtney – Snowy River Racing
10 Macauley Jones – Pizza Hut Racing
11 Bryce Fullwood – Middy’s Racing
12 Thomas Randle – Castrol Racing
13 Matthew Payne – Penrite Racing
14 Nick Percat – Mobil 1 NTI Racing
15 Scott Pye – Resimax Group
16 Will Davison – Shell V-Energy Racing Group
17 Andre Heimgartner – R&J Batteries Racing
18 Cameron Hill – Truck Help Racing
19 David Reynolds – Penrite Racing
20 Tim Slade – Nulon Racing
21 Mark Winterbottom – DEWALT Racing
22 James Golding – Nulon Racing
23 Jack Smith – SCT Motorsport
24 Declan Fraser – Tradie Racing
25 Todd Hazelwood – CoolDrive Racing
1 Chaz Mostert – 331 factors
2 Brodie Kostecki – 300 factors
3 Cam Waters – 267 factors
4 Will Brown – 250 factors
5 Andre Heimgartner – 234 factors
6 David Reynolds – 231 factors
7 Shane van Gisbergen – 225 factors
8 Jack Le Brocq – 219 factors
9 Mark Winterbottom – 201 factors
10 James Golding – 190 factors
11 Scott Pye – 180 factors
12 Broc Feeney – 171 factors
13 Bryce Fullwood – 168 factors
14 Anton De Pasquale – 165 factors
15 Matthew Payne – 165 factors
16 Will Davison – 148 factors
17 Tim Slade – 145 factors
18 Thomas Randle – 139 factors
19 Todd Hazelwood – 138 factors
20 James Courtney – 132 factors
21 Macauley Jones – 126 factors
22 Cameron Hill – 112 factors
23 Jack Smith – 105 factors
24 Declan Fraser – 82 factors
25 Nick Percat – 67 factors