Scotty’s charge is halted by Shane

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORTS - REBECCA WIL­LIAMS IN PUKEKOHE

SHANE van Gis­ber­gen mounted a Holden fight­back to halt the Mus­tang’s march at Pukekohe, but Triple Eight was de­nied a one-two fin­ish af­ter team­mate Jamie Whin­cup was pe­nalised post-race.

Van Gis­ber­gen claimed his third vic­tory for the year and Holden’s fourth to halt a run of three con­sec­u­tive wins from ru­n­away se­ries leader Scott McLaugh­lin, who fin­ished fourth in the 200km race at the Auck­land Su­persprint yesterday.

Whin­cup had fin­ished sec­ond be­hind his team­mate, but was slapped with a 15-sec­ond time penalty by stew­ards pos­trace for spin­ning Nick Per­cat on lap two.

The penalty de­moted Whin­cup to sixth and elevated third­placed Tick­ford Rac­ing pi­lot Cameron Waters to sec­ond and Ere­bus Mo­tor­sport’s David Reynolds to third.

Van Gis­ber­gen’s win in front of his home crowd in New Zealand came af­ter start­ing the race on pole and elevated him from fourth to sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings.

He now sits 586 points be­hind McLaugh­lin. The Hold­ens were granted fresh aero changes by Su­per­cars ahead of the Auck­land Su­persprint in the on­go­ing push for par­ity and van Gis­ber­gen hoped the team’s form had turned a cor­ner.

“It was such a good day, the boys have been work­ing hard,” van Gis­ber­gen said.

“The aero changes seemed to make a dif­fer­ence, but what­ever, it’s great to fi­nally get a win and es­pe­cially at home.

“The cars are ob­vi­ously faster with this aero (change) but they don’t feel bet­ter. The balance is def­i­nitely worse, but they are faster so that’s OK.

“They are slow down the straight so that won’t help us there (at Bathurst), but hope­fully we can get a nice balance over the top and be able to keep up.”

Whin­cup had started the race from 12th on the grid, but his ef­fort to push up onto the podium was all in vain af­ter the costly penalty.

The seven-time se­ries cham­pion ar­gued af­ter the race he had no where to go at turn eight be­fore he made con­tact with Per­cat.

“Un­for­tu­nately I had a bit of con­tact with Nick ... but there wasn’t much I could do,” Whin­cup said.

“I was just bot­tled up, stopped in the mid­dle of the cor­ner and he come back down a lot harder than I ex­pected.

“Hope­fully they see it as th­ese things hap­pen when you are rac­ing hard.”

Shane van Gis­ber­gen wins Auck­land’s Su­perSprint event.

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