Gisbergen wins opening race at Australian Grand Prix

2023-03-30 19:15:00

Gisbergen wins opening race at Australian Grand Prix
Shane van Gisbergen has made it back-to-back victories in the Repco Supercars Championship by claiming the opening race win at the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint today at Albert Park.

In the first ever Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro vs Ford Mustang race held at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, the two-time defending Supercars Champion won his 77th career victory after starting from third this afternoon in the #97 Red Bull Camaro to move to within 106 points of current Championship leader, Walkinshaw Mustang driver Chaz Mostert.

Filling the other two spots on the podium were the Coca Cola Camaro pair of Brodie Kostecki (2nd) and Will Brown (3rd place) to extend the Erebus' squads lead in the Teams' Championship to 148 points from Brad Jones' Racing's duo of Andre Heimgartner and Bryce Fullwood.

The Red Bull Camaro duo of van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney are now third in the Teams' Championship, one point behind the BJR duo.

In today's race, rain just seconds before start time saw the race declared wet which changed every teams tyre strategy.

Van Gisbergen, started from third and stalked Shell Mustang pole sitter Anton De Pasquale and Kostecki in the opening laps, before making his moves to the front, which he would never give up.

The result capped off a rollercoaster day for van Gisbergen who spun out and crashed in the opening practice session of the day, forcing him to miss the second practice while the team fixed the car ahead of qualifying.

"Like, what I did to my car this morning, tried to write the thing off, and then fix it up like they did," van Gisbergen said.

"Two good qualis and a race win, I'm stoked, thank you."

On the crash, van Gisbergen remarked, "I didn't think it was too bad; like, I didn't hit the wall too hard, and I got back and the front was destroyed.

"Normally with the old car, you would've made it out for Practice 2.

"Yeah, it was a bit of a panic – 'Are we going make quali, are we not, what's it going to feel like? – for the guys to just take their time, make sure it's right. It was cool."

Kostecki held on for second, while Brown played the new tyre strategy perfectly to claim third place.

Van Gisbergen now sits 7th in the Drivers' Championship that Mostert leads. Kostecki is second, 31 points back. Monster Energy Ford's Cam Waters is third, Brown is fourth.

Andre Heimgartner in the R&J Camaro is fifth, David Reynolds in the Penrite Mustang is sixth and van Gisbergen sits seventh after three races.

Tomorrow, Supercars have their second of four races of the weekend from 2:55pm. Van Gisbergen will start from pole position.

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