SVG vs Whincup at the Gold Coast

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 25/10/2014
  • By V8 Supercars

Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb have put the heartbreak of Bathurst behind them to win the first Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600 race from pole.

It was down to van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup - a battle we have seen play out on the Surfers streets before. But this time, it was the Kiwi ahead, driving to a 2.25sec victory over the Red Bull racer.

"Just over the moon," van Gisbergen said.

"Webby did a good job, the car was straight and fast.

" We played a different strategy there and I didn't know what was going to happen... car was fantastic."

For co-driver Webb, who is also the team owner, watching the TEKNO Commodore was a great moment.

"It's massive for all the boys, such heartache last weekend... we just didn't put tit together but the boys have done a great job."

Whincup and Paul Dumbrell drove well to second, but arguably the biggest battle of the day was between Tim Slade and Mark Winterbottom fighting for the final step of the podium, with Winterbottom making contact and nudging past on the final lap. He was punished by the Stewards, and relegated to fourth, allowing Slade his first podium finish since Winton, and co-driver Tony D'Alberto's his first V8 Supercars career podium.

"The old Ford engine had a bit more grunt but it is what it is we'll finish fourth. Good day but we'll finish fourth. It is what it is," Winterbottom said.

There was the usual dramas with a startline incident putting James Courtney/Greg Murphy out of the race, contact with concrete with David Reynolds/Dean Canto done, and pounding the tyre bundles which ultimately cost a few cars.

Michael Caruso/Taz Douglas finished fifth, with Chaz Mostert/Paul Morris sixth - even after dropping a lap down at one point, Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat seventh after taking an alternate strategy, and Scott Pye/Ask Walsh, Russell Ingall/Tim Blanchard and Garth Tander/Warren Luff completing the top 10.

Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards finished 18th after Lowndes flat spotted a tyre and had to replace the front splitter in pit lane.

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