DJR's gain from van Gisbergen's pain

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 20/06/2022
  • By James Pavey

There was change at the top of the teams’ championship at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.

The Shell V-Power Racing Team now leads the standings following Shane van Gisbergen’s Race 18 disaster.

The Ford team now heads previous leaders Red Bull Ampol Racing by 14 points heading to Townsville.

Shell V-Power Fords claimed two poles and a win at Hidden Valley Raceway.

However, it was in the finale that the tides turned when van Gisbergen tumbled down the order.

Van Gisbergen’s clash with Will Davison cost the Kiwi valuable points, with Anton De Pasquale closing the gap to 214 points.

Van Gisbergen was going for third; instead, he copped damage, was penalised and finished 21st.

Broc Feeney finished eighth, 13th and sixth; he held a podium position after the van Gisbergen-Davison clash.

"It was a really good weekend for the Shell V-Power Racing Team,” De Pasquale said.

“We were on the podium, either Will or I in every race, a one-two yesterday, a couple of front-row lockouts, we’re all pretty happy.

"I think our race car has come a long throughout the year, so we will try to carry that into Townsville.

"It’s a very different circuit, we had some success there last year, so looking forward to it.”

The 2022 season will resume in Townsville next month.

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