van Gisbergen claims Eseries bragging rights

Wednesday 15 April, 2020
Shane van Gisbergen has won the second round of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries after picking up two wins and two third place finishes during the four-race virtual round.
 
Taking place at England’s iconic Silverstone Circuit and the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, the Triple Eight Racing star was the only driver out of all 26 competitors to finish every race on the podium.
 
His biggest challenge came from Formula 1 ace and series special guest Max Verstappen, who secured three runner-up placings, and Erebus Motorsports’ Anton De Pasquale who claimed a race win of his own and two podiums.
 

A clash between Verstappen and De Pasquale in the final race in Barcelona saw the latter drop down the field and unable to recover, while Verstappen enjoyed a small spell in the lead following a smart undercut strategy, only for van Gisbergen to regain top spot in the final laps.

With $1000 going to van Gisbergen’s charity of choice, the 2018 and 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship runner-up was thrilled to take out the victory – especially at the expense of Verstappen.

“It was a bit of fun. There was a bit of carnage and some good racing as well,” van Gisbergen said.  

“I had two good starts in a row. I couldn’t believe it because that has never happened. I had an awesome final two races.
 
“It was really fun battling it out with Max, especially after he was giving me a bit of crap, but he forgot about all of that when I passed him in the final stages of Barcelona.”
 
It was also a great round for Verstappen, who was racing from his home in Monaco.
 
“These cars are not easy to drive and to be able to team up with Shane and Jamie (Whincup) was a lot of fun,” Verstappen said.
 
“To be second three times is not a bad result, especially since it was a one two for red bull so that’s good.
 
“I was looking back at the final race and it was a bit unfortunate contact with Anton, which I think happened because of my ping. It was a shame, but the event was still a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it.”
 
The BP Supercars All Stars Eseries will hold its third round on Wednesday, 22 April with the field to take on the iconic Mount Panorama in Bathurst.
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