Van Gisbergen builds V8s lead
Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen finished second to Jamie Whincup in the Sandown 500 to extend his lead in the V8 Supercars championship yesterday.
With co-driver and compatriot Earl Bamber on Supercars debut, van Gisbergen’s car started from the sixth row of the grid and the pair showed their class to move up the field before his Red Bull Holden team-mate Whincup held on by a 6.8 second margin to take out the first endurance race of the season in Melbourne.
Craig Lowndes was third and Kiwi Scott McLaughlin fourth, the latter having started from the second row of the grid 19 points behind van Gisbergen in the championship.
Endurance races the Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 are next on the calendar.
Shane van Gisbergen finished second.