van Gisbergen on song in the US
Wednesday 20 May, 2020
It was a tight finish to the round's opening race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Photo: Supercars Media
Shane van Gisbergen has become the first driver to claim a perfect score in the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries after claiming a clean sweep of wins in the North American round.
Starting off at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the first race lead was shared by pole-sitter Anton De Pasquale, Formula 1 star Lando Norris, Chaz Mostert and Jamie Whincup, only for van Gisbergen to prove too strong for the rest of the field and win the evening’s first race.
It didn’t come without a scare though as the Kiwi finished just two tenths of a second ahead of Cameron Waters, who edged out Fabian Coulthard by millimetres to secure the podium’s middle step.
The change from North Carolina to Florida didn’t seem to affect van Gisbergen as he picked up where he left off and won the next two races at Daytona International Speedway.
His virtual rivalry with De Pasquale continued in the evening’s second race, but after a smart pitstop strategy, van Gisbergen managed to hold him off and cross the line first by just one tenth of a second.
Finishing on the bottom step of the podium for Daytona’s first race was Mostert, while Garry Jacobson and David Reynolds enjoyed their best results in a non-reverse grid race to round out the top five.
A login error from De Pasquale saw him start the round’s final race from the pit and although the Erebus Motorsport driver was impressive to work his way up to fifth in the 16-lap race, it didn’t steal the show from van Gisbergen who comfortably led from start to finish.
The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship runner-up’s 300 points saw him replace Scott McLaughlin at the top of the standings, with McLaughlin’s tough night ending on a high thanks to fourth place in the final race.
“It was a pretty fun night and we had some awesome racing there,” van Gisbergen said post-round.
“I don’t know what happened to Anton in the final race, but it was a good set of points tonight. Thanks to the team and all the guys who are helping with my strategy, it helped me with my job.
“This has been fun series, but I am really looking forward to the real stuff in June.”
Crossing the line behind the new series leader in the final race was Mostert and Jacobson, with the duo having an intense battle all the way until the end, but it was Mostert who just held on to secure a second place. Jacobson’s podium place trumped his previous result of best series result to cap off a successful night.
Next week’s round of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries will see the series race in two continents with Imola in San Marino, and Interlagos in Brazil to host the round.