SVG tames wild Darwin

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 19/06/2016
  • By Kassie Gadeke

Shane van Gisbergen has won a drama-filled race in Darwin, which saw Lee Holdsworth taken to hospital and a number of cars crash out during a chaotic opening lap.

The Red Bull racer led Winton winner Tim Slade by 1.5665sec, with teammate Craig Lowndes home third.

“Amazing day, the car’s been awesome … great to come back with a win today,” van Gisbergen said.

It was on from lights out at Hidden Valley, with Holdsworth tapped into the wall at turn four, his Preston Hire Commodore destroyed. He was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital with a leg injury and no head injuries.

Fabian Coulthard and Chaz Mostert were involved in a separate incident on the first lap, with the DJR Team Penske car destroyed and Mostert in pit lane for significant repairs.

The lap one safety car changed the order as drivers dove into the pits and many were forced to stack behind their teammates.

There were more issues off the restart with Mark Winterbottom hitting second-placed Todd Kelly. The defending champ was issued his first of two pit lane penalties in the race, the second in the closing laps after tapping Aaren Russell. A forgettable day for Frosty saw him finish 20th.

Scott Pye was the next victim, stopped on track and triggering another safety car on lap 10. David Reynolds, deemed to be involved, will be investigated post-race.

After the restart, Craig Lowndes handed the lead to van Gisbergen after running wide at turn one and after an error yesterday the Red Bull racer did not falter.

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The result changes the Championship order once again with Jamie Whincup leading despite his eighth place finish, a 30-point buffer over Lowndes.

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Supercars next hit the track in Townsville from July 8 to 10.

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