Ipswich Supercars: Van Gisbergen fends off McLaughlin for Race 2 win
Shane van Gisbergen claims his 28th career win over championship rival Scott McLaughlin at Queensland Raceway.
Van Gisbergen shot to the front early with another stellar start, easily clearing pole-sitter McLaughlin before Turn 1 on the opening lap.
However, things did not go near as smoothly back in the pack James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom collided in Turn 4, sending the latter driver spinning. It appeared Courtney's own teammate Scott Pye attempted to go three-wide into the corner, instigating the collision.
Both Winterbottom and Courtney were forced into the garage area for repairs, and the incident will undergo a post-race investigation. "I don't know what Scott was thinking, just pushed into the back of me, and then me into Winterbottom. Very silly thing to do first lap with your teammate in a 200k race," said an agitated Courtney.
After ten laps of racing, McLaughlin and Chaz Mostert were among those who kicked off the first round of pit stops. Van Gisbergen opted to push the run much further, pitting on Lap 21 and falling back to fourth on track.
He did not stay there for long however, swiftly running down and overtaking both Fabian Coulthard and Mostert.
Back in the pack, Tim Blanchard went for a quick spin after contact with Kurt Kostecki at Turn 6, who was then handed a 15 second time penalty.
On Lap 36, McLaughlin dove to the pits for his final stop of the race. Van Gisbergen followed suit two laps later, emerging 1.5 seconds clear of his title rival.
Although the DJR Team Penske driver cut the gap down to half a second, Van Gisbergen was able to open it back up in the final five laps, cruising to the checkered flag 2.3 seconds ahead.
"Good battle with Scotty ... What a day, thanks to the team. Car was awesome. Pretty stoked with that," said Van Gisbergen
The result was a reversal of Saturday's result, allowing the Triple Eight driver to make up the ground he lost in Race #1 and bringing the points gap back down to 131 markers.
"Overall, pretty good weekend ... At the end of the day, they were just fast," said McLaughlin, who leaves Queensland with the same points margin as when the weekend began.
Mostert came home third, holding on for his maiden podium of the 2018 season despite a late-race charge by Jamie Whincup. Coulthard, Tim Slade, David Reynolds, Craig Lowndes, Rick Kelly and Jack Le Brocq rounded out the top ten.
|1||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||65||-|
|2||17||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG X||65||2.3513||2.351||2.351|
|3||55||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG X||65||5.4173||5.417||3.066|
|4||1||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||65||5.5275||5.528||0.110|
|5||12||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG X||65||7.0073||7.007||1.480|
|6||14||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||65||7.4224||7.422||0.415|
|7||9||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||65||7.9245||7.925||0.502|
|8||888||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore ZB||65||16.0717||16.072||8.147|
|9||15||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||65||23.9445||23.945||7.873|
|10||19||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||65||24.4888||24.489||0.544|
|11||33||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore ZB||65||25.6846||25.685||1.196|
|12||120||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG X||65||28.1091||28.109||2.425|
|13||23||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||65||34.3323||34.332||6.223|
|14||7||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||65||34.5894||34.589||0.257|
|15||6||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG X||65||34.8067||34.807||0.217|
|16||34||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||65||36.3364||36.336||1.530|
|17||99||Anton de Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||65||37.3290||37.329||0.993|
|18||56||Richie Stanaway||Ford Falcon FG X||65||42.7016||42.702||5.373|
|19||2||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||65||43.7083||43.708||1.007|
|20||18||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore ZB||65||44.2422||44.242||0.534|
|21||78||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima||65||54.9599||54.960||10.718|
|22||21||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore ZB||65||1'01.4742||1'01.474||6.514|
|23||42||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||65||1'02.5354||1'02.535||1.061|
|24||35||Todd Hazelwood||Ford Falcon FG X||65||1'08.7570||1'08.757||6.222|
|25||8||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||64||1 lap||1 lap||1 lap|
|26||5||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG X||61||4 laps||4 laps||3 laps|
|27||25||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||24||41 laps||41 laps||37 laps|
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