Darwin Supercars: Van Gisbergen doubles up in finale

Shane van Gisbergen completed a Sunday sweep at Hidden Valley with a second dominant performance from as many races.

As was the case in today's earlier race the start proved critical, van Gisbergen able to comfortably out-drag polesitter Will Davison down to Turn 1.

From there he was able to control the race, keeping Davison at bay across the first stint before taking his mandatory service on Lap 17.

The second stint was much the same, the gap between van Gisbergen and Davison 2.3s at the finish.

"Awesome. I don't know what's happened [with starts] this weekend but I've got three beauties," said van Gisbergen.

"I've got to thanks Red Bull Ampol Racing. Our car wasn't very good and we just chipped away and it's been good in the races."

The podium was identical to Race 2, with Jamie Whincup holding off Chaz Mostert to finish third. The seven-time series champion was left unimpressed with James Courtney, though, after contact between the pair on the first lap ran him wide.

"I was fuming after the start," said Whincup. I got absolutely cleaned up at Turn 1. I can't remember the last time someone opened the wheel up like that and just fed me off.

"But I had a good car and I was able to get a few spots at the start. Once we got to third we just had to hang on."

Courtney finished fifth, a decision to run long not working for the Tickford driver, followed by Nick Percat, Mark Winterbottom and Cam Waters.

Tim Slade and Will Brown rounded out the Top 10.

The win leaves van Gisbergen a formidable 221 points clear of Whincup in the championship, with the season set to continue in Townsville in three weeks.

Race results:

Cla # Driver Car Time
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 43'32.276
2 17 Australia Will Davison
Ford Mustang GT 43'34.597
3 88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 43'35.307
4 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Holden Commodore ZB 43'36.295
5 44 Australia James Courtney
Ford Mustang GT 43'38.005
6 8 Australia Nick Percat
Holden Commodore ZB 43'44.205
7 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Holden Commodore ZB 43'44.936
8 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Mustang GT 43'45.481
9 3 Australia Tim Slade
Ford Mustang GT 43'49.971
10 9 Australia Will Brown
Holden Commodore ZB 43'54.322
11 55 Australia Thomas Randle
Ford Mustang GT 43'54.578
12 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Ford Mustang GT 43'55.027
13 19 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore ZB 43'58.827
14 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Holden Commodore ZB 43'59.872
15 5 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Ford Mustang GT 44'00.177
16 20 Australia Scott Pye
Holden Commodore ZB 44'02.539
17 27 Australia Kurt Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 44'07.689
18 22 Australia Garry Jacobson
Holden Commodore ZB 44'10.677
19 26 Australia David Reynolds
Ford Mustang GT 44'11.930
20 96 Australia Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore ZB 44'12.745
21 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Holden Commodore ZB 44'14.125
22 4 Australia Jack Smith
Holden Commodore ZB 44'15.969
23 35 Australia Zane Goddard
Holden Commodore ZB 44'18.995
24 99 Brodie Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 44'29.896
25 34 Australia Jake Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 44'30.672
7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Ford Mustang GT 8'18.774
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