Shane Van Gisbergen claimed a chaotic opening race of the 2021 Supercars Championship as a host of rivals were being compelled to retire in a Bathurst blockbuster.
For the initially time in 50 a long time, the year opener was getting put at the similar keep track of as the period prior. And just as he did in October’s Bathurst 1000, Van Gisbergen as soon as once more rose earlier mentioned the rest to open up his period with a stylish gain from third area on the grid.
Van Gisbergen’s Pink Bull Commodore was adopted on the podium by Chaz Mostert of Walkinshaw Andretti United and Will Davison in his debut for the Shell V-Energy Racing Workforce.
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The only two cars who out-competent Van Gisbergen to start out from the entrance of the grid – Cameron Waters and surprise deal Tim Slade – both of those suffered huge dramas, with Slade failing to end the race.
They weren’t the only types, with Anton de Pasquale also crashing out in his debut race as replacement for three-time reigning winner Scott McLaughlin. Macauley Jones and Gary Jacobson also failed to achieve the end line as Bathurst played plenty of methods.
Cam Waters’ perfect start out rapidly turned into a nightmare. Waters backed up his Bathurst 1000 pole posture in October 2020 – and 2nd-positioned complete in the race – with a different first-placed start on Mount Panorama in Saturday’s 250km dash.
But following a aspiration start out off the line, Waters was pressured into the garage when a electric power steering problem struck his Monster Power Ford Mustang soon after just 8 laps.
From the guide, he was pressured into the pits for a complete five laps, but sooner or later returned on to monitor.
Waters had comfortably led the industry with an inch-great start off off the line, but Tim Slade couldn’t again up his extraordinary front-row Shootout functionality, slipping to fifth by the finish of the initially corner.
He fought again with a sensational race, only to go through a massive crash of his own when battling for 3rd spot with 5 laps remaining.
Issues were even even worse for Anton De Pasquale, in his initially race for reigning champions Dick Johnson Racing. 3-time reigning Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin made the connect with to head to the United States and race in IndyCar this time, handing De Pasquale a desire travel with DJR.
But De Pasquale lasted just 7 laps on his debut ahead of obtaining the wall in a single-car or truck accident climbing up Mount Panorama, forcing the race’s only basic safety vehicle.
DJR has an all-new driver line-up consisting of Will Davison and De Pasquale following the departure of McLaughlin. The highlight was seriously on De Pasquale, owning moved to a leading team following finishing the 2020 championship in eighth and having out his initial race get. And whilst De Pasquale unsuccessful to achieve the finish, Davison was rightly happy after a podium on debut.
Earlier, Scott Pye misplaced 14 spots in a horror begin, dropping to last after a collision at Reducing in the initially lap required repairs on a bent steering arm.
Shane van Gisbergen led the restart in his Triple 8 Racing Commodore, although Bryce Fullwood, who started in 12th, profited from an early pit halt to go up to next in his Walkinshaw Andretti United #2 by the restart.
Fullwood slipped to eighth just after pitting, whilst Van Gisbergen fell to fifth after accomplishing so himself. Chaz Mostert pitted with nine laps remaining, as did Mark Winterbottom in next, placing Jamie Whincup into the lead. Right after much more pit stops, Van Gisbergen was a handful of seconds in advance of Mostert, with Davison some 20 seconds further more down the track in third.
Slade had fought back again into the best 4 and was preventing Will Davison – driving Slade’s former car or truck – for third position.
Then Slade copped a massive shunt at the best of the hill with 4 laps to go, in what Fox Sports activities commentators identified as “monster speak to.”
“That has ruined the still left hand side of the auto! That is heartbreaking,” Mark Skaife and Neil Compton reported.
“I have not seen him put a foot completely wrong by way of exercise, qualifying, and up to that stage. But that one particular was a doozy.”
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It was his very first race for new Blanchard Racing Crew following a year absent from the levels of competition.
“We have been possessing a rather good race. Lost the clutch there at the commence of the race therefore the poor begin,” he mentioned.
He described his crash saying: “Just went to downshift in the ordinary spot, and it went into neutral. Experimented with to get it all over again… despatched into in the wall.”
“I’m completely shattered for every person in the staff… It was a very large strike.”
Van Gisbergen easily held on for the initially victory of the period, and the 41st of his job.
WEEKEND Agenda: (All times AEDT)
Armor All Qualifying (Race 1): 9:05am – 9:25am
Armor All Major 10 Shootout (Race 1): 12:10pm – 12:50pm
Race 1: 3:00pm – 4:50pm
Armor All Qualifying (Race 2): 9:05am – 9:25am
Armor All Best 10 Shootout (Race 2): 12:10pm – 12:50pm
Race 2: 3:00pm – 4:50pm
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