The magical 48: van Gisbergen matches legend's tally

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 20/06/2021
  • By James Pavey

Shane van Gisbergen’s dominant start to the 2021 season continued in Darwin, with the Kiwi scoring his 48th career win.

The series leader controlled both Sunday races in the Top End to extend his series lead to 221 points.

With the win, van Gisbergen drew level with Peter Brock’s tally of 48 ATCC/Supercars victories.

It came after the 32-year-old equalled the joint record of six wins to open a season, having surpassed Brock’s five-straight in 1980.

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Nine-time Bathurst winner Brock claimed his 48th and final career win at Oran Park in 1997.

Brock claimed the win in his 292nd career championship race start.

Sunday’s Race 14 was van Gisbergen’s 432nd race start.

Craig Lowndes was quickest to 48 wins, bringing up the win at Ipswich in 2000 in just his 105th career start.

Jamie Whincup, who finished third in Sunday’s race, scored his 48th win on the streets of Townsville in 2011 in his 226th start.

Last year, Scott McLaughlin drew level with Brock in Race 14 of the season, also at Hidden Valley.

Mark Skaife matched Brock at Oran Park in 2001, the same venue Brock scored his final win four years earlier.

The sixth and final driver to score at least 48 wins was Garth Tander, who won his 48th race in the Adelaide opener in 2011.

Van Gisbergen will look to extend his series lead at next month’s NTI Townsville 500 across July 9-11. Tickets are on sale now.

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