Van Gisbergen gutted with tyre failure

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 10/04/2022
  • By James Pavey

Shane van Gisbergen couldn't hide his disappointment over a late tyre failure despite scoring overall weekend honours.

Van Gisbergen managed to secure the Larry Perkins Perpetual Trophy in Sunday's race.

The points leader held second position behind Chaz Mostert before his front-left tyre let go.

Van Gisbergen had already damaged the tyre with a major lock-up at Turn 9 following his stop.

Nine laps later, the tyre completely gave way, consigning van Gisbergen to pit lane.

He would cross the line 20th, but still managed to clinch the Perkins Trophy by 12 points over Mostert.

"I'm pretty gutted about that, I wanted to have a good go there," he said.

"I just made a mistake, locked the tyre, tried to manage it and it let go.

Van Gisbergen won two of the four races

"I was cheered up pretty quick when they said we won overall.

"What a privilege to win that trophy... I just bought a Larry shirt last week, so I'll be wearing it with pride tomorrow."

Van Gisbergen was taken aback to receive the trophy from hero Perkins.

Perkins, a six-time Bathurst winner, has awarded the trophy in his name since 2018.

For van Gisbergen, the trophy was a reminder of the Supercars Hall of Famer's contribution to the sport.

"He's someone I always looked up to," he said.

"The way he performed at Bathurst every year, even if he was having a shocker.

"Even now, seeing all the projects he's involved in and how enthusiastic he still is about it, I love it.

"What a privilege for him to present the trophy."

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