Sandown was Shane van Gisbergen’s kingdom for a weekend.
The championship leader claimed three wins and two poles to assert his position atop the championship standings.
Supercars.com has picked out 10 key statistics which mattered at the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint.
45) SVG’s career tally grows
Van Gisbergen brought up career wins 43, 44 and 45 across the weekend, with his Race 5 win bringing him within three of Peter Brock’s win tally of 48
17) The winning grid position
Van Gisbergen won Race 3 from 17th on the grid, marking the lowest ever winning grid position at Sandown since 1965.
27) SVG matches Skaife
Van Gisbergen became the first driver since Mark Skaife in 1994 to win at least five races to commence a new season.
4) Winning starts
Van Gisbergen became the fourth driver after Allan Moffat (six in 1977), Brock (five in 1980) and Skaife (six in 1994) to kick off a new season with at least five straight wins.
101) Mustang on the march
Cameron Waters’ Race 4 podium was the 100th for Mustang, with David Reynolds scoring No. 101 in Race 5.
224) J-Dub’s podium haul
Jamie Whincup scored podium No. 224 in Race 4, with the seven-time champion extending his all-time record to 55 over Craig Lowndes (169).
11) Kostecki’s breakthrough
Brodie Kostecki’s maiden podium in Race 5 came in just his 11th career start, with the 23-year-old debuting at Bathurst in 2019.
208) Triple Eight carries on
Van Gisbergen’s Race 5 win was Triple Eight Race Engineering’s 208th race win, nearly 16 years after win No. 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
350) David’s big haul
David Reynolds ended a two-year wait for a podium with third in Race 5, with the Penrite Racing driver celebrating his 350th start in style.
15) Percat’s march
Nick Percat scored three top 10 finishes, gaining a combined 15 places (14th to seventh, 10th to sixth, and 13th to ninth).