Two from two for SVG

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 23/08/2014
  • By V8 Supercars

Another wet race, another win for Shane van Gisbergen.

This time starting from the second row, van Gisbergen was in the battle from the word go, leading home a charging Chaz Mostert by 0.7 seconds in the closing minutes at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The rainy conditions didn't let up for the second 100km run -and with Championship contenders Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes starting back in the pack, it was an opportunity for others in the fight to make some valuable ground.

Both van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard got great jumps off the start, and it was four abreast into turn one, with front row starters Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin fighting hard.

McLaughlin was the first competitor to fall away, losing a rear tyre after his team had worked tirelessly to get him out on the grid after a drama in the first race of the day.

His teammate Robert Dahlgren lost control shortly after, a crash at turn five bringing out the first Safety Car and minimising van Gisbergen's lead.

The Nissans and Holden Racing Team cars looked threatening throughout the race, but with drivers running wide and wild in the wet, with a few altercations through the pack, ultimately it was Mostert - up nine positions from the start -and Whincup who held onto the podium positions, with the Pepsi Max Falcon just 0.7 behind the TEKNO Commodore on the final lap of the time certain race.

Though he looked to stall on the start, Jason Bright snuck home fourth, with Erebus' Will Davison up an amazing 13 positions to fifth, James Moffat, Fabian Coulthard, James Courtney, Rick Kelly and Russell Ingall completing the top 10.

Other to note include Lowndes and Winterbottom 11 and 12 -needless to say, Whincup's Championship lead has increased, now 69 points ahead of his Ford foe.

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While Todd Kelly looked set for a top 10 finish, late contact with Garth Tander saw the two off-road, Kelly losing a plethora of positions and Tander stuck with damage, unable to finish the race along with the two Volvos.

Walkinshaw stablemate Tim Slade did not start after extensive damage in the first race, his Supercheap Auto Commodore also in doubt for tomorrow.

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