Van Gisbergen's late move caps drive to victory in Newcastle

2023-03-12 19:00:00

Van Gisbergen's late move caps drive to victory in Newcastle
The Gen3 battle between Ford and Chevrolet is only two days old and already its delivered a race that will have plenty talking for a long time.

Two-time defending Champion Shane van Gisbergen won Race 2 at the Thrifty Newcastle 500 in his Red Bull Camaro this afternoon after a late race pass on Ford's Chaz Mostert which left fans trackside both cheering and jeering.

Red Bull Ampol Camaro star van Gisbergen — who was stripped of his Race 1 win just hours earlier — put a late move on Mostert to steal the lead and that move involved plenty of bumps.

The two drivers made contact twice on lap 85, the first at Turn 9 helping van Gisbergen into the lead.

From there, the New Zealander raced away to a 4.4s victory, some 24 hours after he took the Race 1 chequered flag first.

It was his 76th career victory and first in a Camaro after yesterday's DSQ. It also denied Walkinshaw Andretti United a first-up victory with its new Ford Mustangs, having raced Commodores for 33 years.

Pole-sitter David Reynolds came home a distant third for Penrite Racing, with James Golding an impressive fourth in his #31 Nulon Racing Camaro.

Second ensured Mostert will take a 45-point Repco Supercars Championship points lead to Albert Park after Cam Waters made a costly error midway through the race.

Chasing Mostert for the effective lead, Saturday race winner Waters appeared to be in contention to make it two from two on Sunday, but the Mildura native made a mistake while chasing down Mostert and clipped the wall at Turn 9. Damaged steering from the hit forced Waters to pit for repairs, and the time lost took the 2022 series runner-up out of contention.

Supercars' return to Newcastle was a hit with fans, with a combined crowd of 167,197 attending the three-day event, the highest attendance figure since the inaugural Newcastle 500 in 2017.
The Repco Supercars Championship returns to action at the end of the month at the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint, where the championship will host four races as a support category at the Australian Grand Prix. For the first time, Supercars will race each day from Thursday at Albert Park, with races 3, 4, 5, and 6 scheduled to be held across the March 30 – April 2 weekend.

Foxtel will carry live coverage of the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint, and will stream the event live on Kayo.

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