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Triple Supercars delight for van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen has capped off a stellar weekend at Symmons Plains Raceway with a clean sweep to take a commanding lead in the Supercars championship.

The Red Bull Ampol driver started third on the grid following his earlier race four win, and showed championship pedigree to see off pole holder Will Davison to nab three consecutive victories at the weekend.

With his treble, van Gisbergen becomes the first driver since Garth Tander in 2005 to win all three races in Tasmania.

The New Zealander was the benefactor of Jack Le Brocq’s horror start, who, after gaining the lead on the opening corner, locked up into turn four plummeting him down the ladder to cap off a horror day after crashing in the first race.

Van Gisbergen on lap three then fired down the inside on turn six and took the lead from Will Davison, before his mid-race pitstop was timed perfectly to re-enter the race just in front of Anton De Pasquale and teammate Davison.

The Shell V-Power drivers nabbed at his heels but with fresher tyres van Gisbergen streaked away to win his 58th career race and fourth of the season.

“It’s pretty awesome and I can’t thank Red Bull Ampol Racing enough,” Van Gisbergen told Fox Sports.

“We’ve got some tough competition with those guys – I don’t mean that comment in a bad way – they’re very tough to beat, they’re fast guys and enjoying it.

To add to his accolades, van Gisbergen took home the maximum points for his team (105) after registering the fastest lap of the race.

It was a successful weekend for Red Bull with van Gisbergen and teammate Broc Feeney rampaging to a one-two finish in Sunday’s first race.

Feeney registered his first ever podium in just his second round in the premier racing category, taking Triple Eight Racing to their 11th 1-2 finish at the track.

But it wasn’t all clean sailing as Van Gisbergen was slow off the start and lost first position to Feeney into turn one before pitting later and passing him on the turn-four hairpin where he had his success in Saturday’s race.

He had to wait late in the race for his manoeuvre, with red flags and a suspension of the race on lap one following Le Brocq’s and Andre Heimgartner’s crash between turns six and seven.

With Feeney giving him a wide berth on the turn-four hairpin, the championship leader slotted down the inside on lap 27 before cruising away to victory.

Nineteen-year-old Feeney was ecstatic after the race as he finished just 2.4 seconds behind his teammate.

“It’s bloody awesome to be honest,” Feeney said.

“To qualify second, race with Shane – the best there is in Australia at the moment and to finish P2 behind him, one-two for the team, it’s awesome.”

Van Gisbergen now has a 67-point lead in the championship standings with De Pasquale and Davison in second and third.

SUPERSCARS RACE FIVE RESULTS

1. Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Ampol Racing)

2. Will Davison (Shell V-Power Racing) + 1.188

3. Anton De Pasquale (Shell V-Power Racing) + 2.783

4. David Reynolds (Penrite Racing) + 3.197

5. Todd Hazelwood (Truck Assist Racing) + 5.993

Supercars Championship Standings:

1. Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Ampol Racing) 562 pts

2. Will Davison (Shell V-Power Racing) 495 pts

3. Anton De Pasquale (Shell V-Power Racing) 440 pts

4. Chaz Mostert (Mobil 1 Optus Racing) 417 pts

5. Brodie Kostecki (Boost Mobile Racing) 387 pts

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