van Gisbergen extends Supercars lead

Sunday 10 July, 2022
Photos: Edge Photographics
It was another strong day for the Repco Supercars Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen, who made it two wins from two races on the streets of Townsville.

Despite a last gasp charge from Shell V Power Racing’s Anton De Pasquale, van Gisbergen held on to narrowly claim Sunday’s race win at the Reid Park circuit after a last corner tangle.

While De Pasquale would cross the line first, a five second penalty for the incident saw the Ford Mustang pilot demoted to second.

Staying clear of the drama, Monster Energy Racing’s Cameron Waters made it back-to-back podiums with another third-place finish.

The victory further cemented the Red Bull Ampol Racing’s pilot grasp on Championship favouritism, extending his lead in the Championship to an impressive 274 points.

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Meanwhile, it was a difficult day for Will Davison who was handed a grid penalty pre-race for impeding in qualifying, and while he got another good start off the line to be contending for the lead, a multi-car tangle saw Davison puncture a tyre and drop to last.

To Davison’s credit, he powered through the field and ended the race in seventh to claw back vital Championship points.

After the race, van Gisbergen was understandably pleased to claim maximum points despite the last corner fracas.

“I didn’t expect it,” van Gisbergen said of the contact with De Pasquale.

“I appreciate him having a go, but it was a bit ambitious. I didn’t even look in the mirror. I want everyone to be having a crack, it make for a good show.

“Thanks so much to the team and all the crowd here, it’s always a great event in Townsville.”

The Supercars roadshow next heads to South Australia, with the OTR SuperSprint on 29-31 July.

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