Albert Park V8s: Van Gisbergen holds of Coulthard in finale

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Albert Park V8s: Van Gisbergen holds of Coulthard in finale
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Mar 20, 2016, 1:56 AM

Shane van Gisbergen held off Fabian Coulthard to win the fourth and final V8 Supercars race at the Australian Grand Prix.

Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Fabian Coulthard, Team Penske Ford
Fabian Coulthard, Team Penske Ford
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden, Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden and Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden

While the race was set up for another three-way Triple Eight battle, Penske driver Coulthard spoilt the T8 party by jumping into P2 at the start behind van Gisbergen.

Race 3 winner Jamie Whincup, meanwhile, found himself shuffled back to fourth on the first lap, behind team-mate Craig Lowndes.

The front four held station for the first three laps, before Whincup’s race came to an abrupt end thanks to a technical problem.

It came down to a three-way battle, Coulthard putting plenty of pressure on the leader until van Gisbergen finally started to break away with a handful of laps left to run.

From there van Gisbergen was free to take his third race of the weekend.

Coulthard finished second – his best result since joining Penske – ahead of Lowndes.

James Courtney came home fourth, but he left his run late. The Holden Racing Team driver and Nissan’s Michael Caruso staged a spirited battle for P4 in the closing laps, Courtney finally barging his way through after some panel rubbing at Turn 1 on the final lap.

Caruso held on to fifth ahead of Garth Tander, who had his own panel rubbing battle with Chaz Mostert in the opening laps.

Scott Pye was seventh, Rick Kelly eighth, while Mostert slipped back to ninth after his clash with Tander.

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