October 25, 2021


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Shane van Gisbergen has just “pulled off one of the most remarkable wins in the history” of Supercar racing, coming from 17th on the grid to take the lead and win the first SuperSprint of Sandown and race three.

Having come into the race nursing a broken collarbone, the Kiwi said he “didn’t know how good he was going to be after a distance”.

He well and truly defied logic, making waves throughout the sprint and made the critical turn to go from fourth to second with one incredible turn with two laps to run.

V8 Supercar legend Mark Skaife described his victory as “absolutely unbelievable”.

“He’s been on painkillers. He has done the most amazing job I’ve ever seen from Gisbergen today.”

It was his 43rd victory as he picked up front Mt Panorama last month.

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Cameron Waters finished second while Jamie Whincup rounded out the podium.

“Hard to find the words to describe the intensity of that race. Great driving by a whole range of drivers; by Winterbottom, by Whincup, by Waters, by van Gisbergen, but to be able to do that even his most fierce detractors would have to dip their hat and say that’s pretty amazing,” Neil Crompton said.

“Nobody in the history of this game has ever won a championship race, so a SprintRace format, from that far back on the grid. It’s a historic win for van Gisbergen,” Skaife added.

Van Gisbergen heaped praise on his team for getting him into a position to compete.

“I had so much help with good surgeons, a nice girlfriend looking after me, our physio, it’s been a pretty tough two weeks but I feel awesome in the car and my car’s great,” van Gisbergen said.

“Hopefully that was a good show to watch. I was trying.”

Making van Gisbergen’s win all the more remarkable was that few thought he would be able to compete.

“We started the day standing right here saying he should not be driving that car,” Skaife said.

“We thought the white flag would come out, he would do one or two laps, he would park himself and Garth Tander would come in.”

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The 31-year-old said that he didn’t have any pain at the end of the race and was confident he would up fine.

“It hurts, but I’m not damaging it by driving so I’ll try again tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, pole winner Chaz Mostert, having been beaten out of the blocks and decided to aggressively go into a pit stop early to try clear the way later, faded badly at the end to finish more than four seconds behind in fourth after being caught with two laps to go.

“Obviously the wrong way today. Just disappointed. To start off pole and to go back to finish sixth and struggle at the end with nothing to fight for, I feel a bit defeated today. I’m looking forward to probably getting some dumplings tonight and a nice cool shower and come back fresher tomorrow.”

Mostert said his team got the strategy wrong.

“The wrong strategy compared to the rest of the field,” he said.

“I mean, we probably read it a little bit wrong. We thought people would dive in early and we were about the only one early. Obviously everyone read the other book. It’s the way the game is, sometimes it work, sometimes it doesn’t and today it just didn’t work out for us.”

TOP 10

1: Shane van Gisbergen

2: Cameron Waters

3: Jamie Whincup

4: Mark Winterbottom

5: Anton de Pasquale

6: Chaz Mostert

7: Nick Percat

8: Andre Heimgartner

9: James Courtney

10: Jack le Brocq


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Qualifying —

Mostert has stormed to pole for the first of three sprint races at Sandown after a stunning lap sent him top of an extremely tight timesheet.

Mostert lapped the Melbourne track in 1:07.630, the fastest of the weekend so far and the fastest ever qualifying lap at Sandown, to seal pole for Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore.

His old friend and rival Cameron Waters is in second (+0.044) ahead of Jamie Whincup.

Meanwhile Supercars Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen is bravely racing despite surgery on a broken left collarbone just two weeks ago.

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LIVE TIMING: Full timesheets for every session

The Kiwi swept both races at the season-opening weekend in Bathurst, but with a metal plate and nine screws in his shoulder, he is battling significant pain and it is unclear whether he can complete the entire weekend in his Red Bull Ampol Holden.

He still managed eighth in first practice then fifth in second practice, but only managed 17th in qualifying for Saturday’s first race.

“I can’t believe it,” Mostert said of his maiden pole for the season. “We were struggling a little bit in practice trying to get the balance in the car…the guys here haven’t even stopped, they haven’t had morning tea or a lunch break like they normally do.”


Jack Smith sent his Brad Jones Racing Commodore into the gravel trap at turn 9 in the early minutes of qualifying session one, causing an early red flag and causing plenty of frustration with rivals seeking to manage their limited numbers of tyres for the weekend.

He failed to set a lap, leaving him 24th on the grid for the first race of the weekend, set for Saturday at 4.45pm.

Ahead of him was Bryce Fullwood in his Walkinshaw Andretti United, who struggled all day, finishing 21st and 17th in the two practice sessions before a huge lock-up in qualifying left him only in 23rd.

A ‘gutted’ Fullwood said: “Look, it’s been tough today, I’m not going to lie.

“It’s kicked me down a few times but was actually a pretty reasonable lap there and locked the left-front really bad into Dandenong and had a really, really severe flat-spot.

“I just knew I had to press on so I was a bit scared the tyre was going to explode actually down the back straight but I just knew I had to put some form of lap in and unfortunately I couldn’t make it happen.

“It’s going to be hard work for this afternoon but looking forward to trying to pass some people.”

Shane van Gisbergen was dumped out in the second qualifying stint, managing just 17th – but making no excuses about his shoulder. But there was only a tiny margin between making the top 10 and the third qualifying session and missing out – SVG was just 0.0793s behind the 10th-place finisher in second qualifying.

Mostert had topped the first two sessions of qualifying and did it again in the third with his qualifying-record 1:07.6304s. Cameron Waters set an early marker and then improved late but only managed second in his Monster Energy Mustang.

Jamie Whincup was third ahead of Mark Winterbottom on the second row.

The first race begins at 4.45pm AEDT.

LIVE TIMING: Full timesheets for every session


But he made “a statement” in the opening practice session of the weekend, according to fellow Supercars veteran Garth Tander, posting a 1:08.506 to top the timesheets at the halfway point of the half-four Practice One.

He finished the session in eighth, with Red Bull Ampol Racing teammate Jamie Whincup top with an impressive 1:08.070s, before improving to fifth for the second practice session.

Despite completing a solid 14 laps in practice one, Shane van Gisbergen is unsure if he can see out the entire weekend.

“I just, on the outlap, hit the Turn 2 kerb and it was either going to be good or not,” he said.

But he admitted he wasn’t sure if the pain would be manageable for the entire weekend, saying “I don’t know”.

“It’s painful but I can get around,” he added.

“It’s as I hoped, so I can drive and I’m not thinking about the pain.

“It’s hurting the ribs a bit but I’m driving with a clear head, which is good.”

Despite his own troubles, he had no complaints about the car in the first practice session: “Car’s really nice. Just have to tune a couple of things. Awesome way to start.”

Van Gisbergen’s 2020 Bathurst 1000-winning co-driver Garth Tander is on standby should he ben needed to fill in.


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The SuperSprint format makes its debut in Supercars this weekend, and there’s plenty to look forward to.

The round will be decided by three 36-lap races – one on Saturday then two on Sunday.

The first race will be preceded by a thrilling new qualifying format that resembles that used in Formula 1: three ten-minute sessions. The first determines grid positions 24-21, the second decides the grid from 20-11, and the final ten-minute stint decides the order of the top-10.

The grids for Sunday’s races will be decided by traditional ten-minute sessions, held back-to-back on Sunday morning.

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9:20-9:50 – Practice 1 (all times AEDT)

11:30-12:00 – Practice 2

13:45-13:55 – Qualifying 1

14:00-14:10 – Qualifying 2

14:15-14:25 – Qualifying 3

16:45-17:45 – Race 1


10:30-10:40 – Qualifying (Race 2)

10:50-11:00 – Qualifying (Race 3)

13:30-14:30 – Race 2

16:30-17:30 – Race 3