SVG extends Supercars lead at Wanneroo

Sunday 01 May, 2022
Photos: Edge Photographics
Shane van Gisbergen has continued his good run of form after winning two of the three Bunnings Perth Supernight races.
 
Having never won at Wanneroo Raceway, van Gisbergen put his rocky form at the circuit behind him after an impressive win in Saturday night’s race under lights.
 
Starting from the second row behind Anton De Pasquale and Cam Waters, early pit stops the latter two allowed the Kiwi to eventually storm home to the win after passing De Pasquale with just four laps to go.
 
After pitting on lap 18, 14 laps before van Gisbergen, there wasn’t much De Pasquale could do to hold off the leader and the DJR driver had to settle for second place.
 
Click here to view Race 10 results.

220501_svg3van Gisbergen’s second win came in the final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon where he edged James Courtney in what would have been the Tickford driver's his first race victory in six years.
 
Like De Pasquale and Waters in race one, Courtney was brought in for an early pit stop in a move that looked to have paid off, Courtney in front of original race leader Will Davison after his compulsory stop.
 
From eighth place to first place – it was an undercut strategy that turned out to be hugely successful.
 
van Gisbergen eventually caught up to Davison and managed to pass him for second.
 
The short battle between the two allowed Courtney to build up his lead to more than two seconds, but van Gisbergen eventually closed him down and overtook him with four laps to go on fresher tyres.

220501_svg4A late safety car period threw gave Courtney another look at the Championship leader, but van Gisbergen stayed where he was to cross the finish line in top spot ahead of Courtney in second, while Davison rounded out the podium.
 
Click here to view Race 11 results.
 
Earlier, Davison was able to snap his own six-year win drought in the day’s first outing.
 
Having started on pole, Davison immediately lost his lead off the line to Waters and was forced to wait almost over an hour to try and get it back after a big crash on the first lap involving Scott Pye caused the race to be suspended for 50 minutes while a wall was repaired.
 
Upon the restart, Waters kept his lead and charged to a two second lead 13 laps later – however the gap was closed significantly after DJR completed a lightning quick pit stop for Davison.

Not long after Waters’ re-entry, Davison made a big lunge for the lead, which caused Waters to go off the track and in response, the Tickford driver swept back across when getting back on track.
 
It was a move that ultimately saw Waters given a five-second-time penalty post-race for gaining a lasting advantage upon re-entry.
 
The Victorian tried his hardest to bridge the gap out to more than five seconds and was able to get it out to out almost two seconds with 12 laps to go.

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Unfortunately for Waters, Will Brown stopped on track, causing the safety car to emerge and the field to bunch up.
 
While he did break away again on the restart, Waters eventually reached the chequered flag but was only able to build a small lead over Davison.
 
As a result of Waters being demoted to fourth, Davison was handed the race win post-race and ended Ford’s winless run in the process, which had stretched out from November last year.
 
De Pasquale’s second place made it a Shell V Power Racing one-two, while Andre Heimgartner rounded out the podium for his best result since May last year.
 
Click here to view Race 12 results.
 
The Repco Supercars Championship's next stop will be at Winton Motor Raceway. The Victorian venue hosting round five on 22-23 May.
 
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