Power rankings: Which driver ranked highest at The Bend?

13 May 2021
It was a memorable return to South Australia and The Bend
3 mins by James Pavey

Andre Heimgartner, Anton De Pasquale and Cameron Waters each joined the 2021 winners' list at the OTR SuperSprint.

It was a weekend for Mustangs to fire, with the Blue Oval claiming three ARMOR ALL Pole Positions and race wins.

After every round in 2021, the Supercars.com team will assess every driver’s performance and then score them out of 10.

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The five scores are then averaged out to produce a race score.

With an eye on the Winton SuperSprint, Supercars.com has rounded up the key performers from the return to Tailem Bend.

1) Anton De Pasquale

Race 9: 3rd

Race 10: 1st

Race 11: DNF

Score: 8.8

De Pasquale scored a podium, a win and two poles. Had he not suffered an engine misfire in the finale, he could have secured an almost-perfect weekend.

=2) Andre Heimgartner

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Race 9: 1st

Race 10: 7th

Race 11: 10th

Score: 8.6

Heimgartner's Saturday was flawless, aside from the pit lane infringement. He returned on Sunday with pace, and while he didn't convert, his Race 9 win proved he can be a force.

=2) Cameron Waters

Race 9: 4th

Race 10: DNF

Race 11: 1st

Score: 8.6

He recovered from an off to finish fourth on Saturday, and was taken out on the opening lap in Race 10. In Race 11, we saw the best of Waters, who gave van Gisbergen little chance.

=4) Shane van Gisbergen

Race 9: 7th

Race 10: 3rd

Race 11: 2nd

Score: 8.4

He didn't win on a weekend for the first time, but was ultra-consistent and took home the biggest weekend points haul, extending his series lead.

=4) Will Davison

Race 9: 8th

Race 10: 2nd


Race 11: 3rd

Score: 8.4

Eighth on Saturday was disappointing, but two podiums on Sunday proved that Davison and his team have the smarts to turn it around. All that's missing is a win, and it seems it's just around the corner.

=6) Nick Percat

Race 9: 5th

Race 10: 17th

Race 11: 6th

Score: 8.0

Percat's Saturday performance was brilliant, the Brad Jones Racing driver vaulting from 26th and last to fifth. He was turned around in Race 10's first-lap drama, but overcame a fuel flow issue to score another top 10 in the finale.

=6) Chaz Mostert

Race 9: 2nd

Race 10: DNF

Race 11: 5th

Score: 7.8

He said he had a "crap" weekend, but solid finishes of second and fifth sandwiched his Race 10 DNF, which was a result of reacting to the Tim Slade-Heimgartner skirmish.

8) Brodie Kostecki

Race 9: 9th

Race 10: 5th

Race 11: 11th

Score: 7.4

The Erebus Motorsport rookie recovered from a tough Tasmania weekend to score two top 10s, retaining his top 10 position in the standings.

=9) Thomas Randle

Race 9: 17th

Race 10: 8th

Race 11: 15th

Score: 7.2

Randle overachieved, scoring a brilliant eighth in just his fourth solo main game start.

=9) Scott Pye

Race 9: 13th

Race 10: 10th

Race 11: 9th

Score: 7.2

Pye flew under the radar at The Bend, bringing home a ninth and 10th to close on the top 10 in the standings.

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