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Van Gisbergen sweeps incident-filled day in Melbourne

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9th April, 2022
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Shane van Gisbergen has won both Saturday races at Albert Park in an incident-filled day for the Supercars series.

Veteran Will Davison started from the pole in race seven, before van Gisbergen was able to take over the lead just a few laps into the race.

The drama began on Lap 5, as Andre Heimgartner’s #8 Commodore was turned into the fence at the final corner by Will Brown.

Heimgartner was visibly frustrated with the accident and finished with a DNF. It was the last thing the BJR driver needed after his up-and-down weekend back in Tasmania.

Fast forward to Lap 10, and Cam Waters punched the back of the pole sitter Will Davison’s DJR Mustang and sent Davison into the gravel trap.

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This brought out the second safety car of the race, while it was the second time in as many rounds Cam Waters’ #6 Mustang caused a controversial incident, with last round’s controversy being high speed contact with Tim Slade.

With a time-certain Race 7, Chaz Mostert and milestone man James Courtney were battling for third place coming to the final corner.

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Courtney, racing in his 500th Supercars race over the weekend, was turned around by Mostert at the final corner and was sent into the fence.

“On the last lap, when we’ve been pushing really hard, and to get the podium taken away, it’s pretty disappointing,” Courtney said.

Miracle man Lee Holdsworth gained a total of 12 spots came through to finish third, with his teammate finishing in second.

Garry Jacobson ended up gaining 15 spots, with Tim Slade and Jake Kostecki also gaining 12 spots.

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Will Brown, Cam Waters and Chaz Mostert all copped penalties for the incidents they were involved in, but nobody was able to catch van Gisbergen.

Van Gisbergen was able to avoid the drama to win Race 7, and later in the day Race 8 of the championship, to hold a 186-point lead over Anton De Pasquale in the championship.

The Supercars’ final race in Melbourne will come on Sunday at 12PM AEST.

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