Five on the bounce: Race 4 takeaways

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 21/03/2021
  • By James Pavey

To the final race of the weekend, the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint has belonged to championship leader Shane van Gisbergen.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver has made mince meat of early rumours he wouldn’t be able to race at all this weekend due to his collarbone injury.

Van Gisbergen claimed his second win of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, with the Kiwi clinching the Race 4 victory by nearly 13 seconds.

It kept alive van Gisbergen’s unbeaten streak in 2021 following his Repco Mt Panorama 500 sweep.

Van Gisbergen is now on a run of five straight wins dating back to last October’s Bathurst 1000.

Craig Lowndes holds the all-time record of eight consecutive wins, setting the record in 1996 following victories across the Lakeside, Perth and Mallala events.

He has joined Allan Moffat (1972-73), Peter Brock (1980), Lowndes (1998 and 1999), Marcos Ambrose (2004-05) and Garth Tander (2007) as drivers who have five straight races.

Mark Skaife opened the 1994 season with six straight wins across the Amaroo, Sandown and Symmons Plains rounds.

Teammate Jamie Whincup, who scored a 224th podium with third in Race 4, won seven straight races in 2008 en route to his maiden drivers’ title.

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It was van Gisbergen’s 44th career win, and the 44th for the Holden Commodore ZB model.

The Commodore ZB is now just one behind the 45 wins recorded by the Commodore VX and Ford Falcon FG X.

It was the third time in four races in 2021 that van Gisbergen and Cameron Waters filled the top two spots on the podium.

It could have been four from four had Waters not suffered a power steering drama in Race 1 at Mount Panorama.

Andre Heimgartner finished fifth, marking his best finish since he finished second at Tailem Bend last year.

He will start from fifth for Race 5, alongside Kelly Grove Racing teammate David Reynolds, who will launch from fourth for his 350th race start.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return for Race 5 at the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint at 4:30pm AEDT on Sunday. Tickets are on sale now.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo. Check out the full weekend schedule here.

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