10 stats that mattered: Repco Mt Panorama 500

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 02/03/2021
  • By James Pavey

The Repco Mt Panorama 500 kicked off the 2021 season, with Shane van Gisbergen a cut above the rest.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver won both races to leave Bathurst with a perfect 300-point haul.

Heading to the next event at Sandown, the 31-year-old holds a 33-point lead over Chaz Mostert in the championship.

The weekend saw the first sprint round at Mount Panorama in 25 years, with van Gisbergen acting on precedent.

In 1996, John Bowe clean-swept the round to win his second straight Bathurst sprint event. Back then, van Gisbergen was just six years old.

Supercars.com has picked out 10 key statistics which mattered at the 2021 season opener.

42) Van Gisbergen moves up the list

Van Gisbergen moved onto 42 career wins thanks to his mountain double, with his Saturday win taking him above Glenn Seton on the all-time winners' list.

The 2016 champion entered the weekend level on 40 wins with two-time champion Seton.

118) Kiwi's podium milestone

Van Gisbergen's Sunday win also took him past Mark Winterbottom into third on the all-time podiums list.

Winterbottom was on 117 podiums heading into the weekend, with van Gisbergen on 116.

3) SVG's Bathurst treble

Van Gisbergen also recorded a rare feat in three consecutive race wins on the mountain, becoming the fourth driver to do so.

The Kiwi followed up his Bathurst 1000 win last October with the Mt Panorama 500 double.

Peter Brock did it twice, claiming Bathurst hat-tricks across 1978-80 and 1982-84.

Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes won three Great Races between 2006 and 2008, while Bowe claimed a hat-trick of sprint wins in 1996.

42) Another win for the ZB

Van Gisbergen's Sunday win was the 42nd victory for the Commodore ZB model.

The next models up the road are the Commodore VX and Falcon FG X. Both models claimed 45 wins.

60) Mostert's mountain double

Chaz Mostert claimed his 59th and 60th career podiums across the weekend.

The Sunday result saw Mostert draw level with James Courtney and Fabian Coulthard on 60 rostrum visits.

13) Kostecki's career best

Jake Kostecki was the biggest mover on Saturday, rising from 23rd to 13th.

It marked the best solo result of the 21-year-old's full-time career, with Kostecki's previous best a 14th in Darwin last year.

442) Fabs the veteran

Coulthard's Sunday appearance was his 442nd career race start, with the Kiwi finishing a lap down in 22nd.

Coulthard, who was on his Team Sydney debut, drew level with countryman Greg Murphy in 15th on the all-time starts list.

55) Davison's triumphant DJR return

Will Davison's Race 1 podium was his 55th career podium, helping him rise above Seton into outright 13th on the all-time podiums list.

It also marked Davison's first podium for Dick Johnson Racing since the Phillip Island enduro in 2008.

1071) WAU's top five wait

Mostert and Bryce Fullwood finished second and fifth respectively on Saturday, marking a three-year first for Walkinshaw Andretti United.

With the result, WAU had both cars in the top five for the first time since Albert Park 2018, ending a wait of 1071 days.

1743) Slade's front row drought

Saturday also saw Tim Slade clinch his first front row start since Winton 2016, ending a wait of 1743 days.

The race didn't go to plan, however, with Slade suffering a weekend-ending accident chasing a fairytale podium on his Blanchard Racing Team debut.

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