20 MAY 2018
Red Bull Holden's Shane van Gisbergen closes the gap in Supercars Championship chase
Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Shane van Gisbergen has capped off a strong weekend at the Winton SuperSprint solidifying his current second place in the Supercars Championship and closing the gap to championship leader Scott McLaughlin.
The Kiwi and his #97 Red Bull Commodore showed astounding car pace in the later stages of Race 14 today, peeling off four consecutive laps at his qualifying pace to secure second place.
"I haven't driven that hard for a long time," van Gisbergen said.
"Just pushing hard the whole way, the car was awesome. We had a fantastic weekend, top points [for the weekend after third on Saturday].
Scott Pye continued his consistent weekend behind the wheel of his all-new Commodore with the Mobil One Boost Mobile Racing driver finishing with a solid bag of points after an impressive second place result on Saturday coupled with a sixth place finish on Sunday.
"It was a great weekend for us. We qualified up the front which makes life a lot easier and were able to grab another haul of points." Pye said.
"To be so close to third in the championship shows the improvement this year. While we would have liked to be a bit higher and back on the podium today, it's been a really good weekend for the team."
Overall it was a strong weekend for the all-new Holden Commodore Supercar with a bag of solid results for the weekend including three podium trophies.
Freightliner racing driver Tim Slade finished the weekend with two top-10 performances, making his way through traffic to finish in 7th on Sunday.
For the #888 and in true Craig Lowndes fashion, the Autobarn Lowndes Racing driver implemented great strategy and some excellent passing manoeuvres to rescue a poor qualifying position (23rd), driving his all-new Commodore forward 11 spots to finish 12th in his 650th race start on Sunday and rocket to third in the drivers' standing.
"It was a good result for a day that could have been better, but we survived and we're sitting third in the championship, so we go away from this weekend one spot closer to the top." Lowndes said.
The ECB SuperUtes returned to the schedule this weekend at Winton with Round 2 of the series consisting of three races, of which Tom Alexander and his Ross Stone Racing SP Tools Holden Colorado ran away with two of a possible three race wins.
Both wins came in commanding style with Alexander leading from start to finish to take out the round win.
Tomas Gasperak and his ACDelco Colorado kept the learning curve in the right direction throughout the weekend, keeping out of the carnage for most of the three races capping off his weekend with a top-5 result.
The next round of the Virgin Australia Supercars takes teams north for the Darwin Triple Crown on June 15-17.