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Supercars Symmons

Tasmania Supercars: Van Gisbergen leads T8 one-two

Shane van Gisbergen led home first-time podium finisher Broc Feeney in a Triple Eight one-two in the second Symmons Plains Supercars race.

Broc Feeney and Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering

The race was a straightforward battle of the Red Bulls, with Feeney enjoying two stints in the lead, despite van Gisbergen being in control of the race.

The rookie's first go out front came right at the start, Feeney comfortably beating his teammate off the line to get the run through Turns 1 and 2.

Any early advantage was quickly snuffed out, though, when Jack Le Brocq ran Andre Heimgartner off the road at the final corner on the opening lap.

With Le Brocq's car left buried deeply in the fence the safety car was swiftly deployed, before the race was red flagged to repair the fence.

When the race restarted on Lap 7 it was Feeney who continued to lead, although only until van Gisbergen slid underneath him into Turn 6 on that same lap.

The Kiwi then settled into a long first stint, running right through to Lap 27, some 10 laps longer than Feeney.

That helped Feeney back into the lead thanks to an undercut but, once again, it didn't last long. With a healthy tyre advantage van Gisbergen quickly found his way past at the hairpin, taking over a lead he would hold until the finish.

Feeney followed him home to make it a Triple Eight one-two and record his first Supercars podium.

"It's fantastic," said van Gisbergen. "This is Broc's moment to have this first podium. He led the race for a while, he got me at the start. But I'm just stoked."

Feeney added: "It's bloody awesome to be honest. I thought coming here this weekend had a chance to snag a podium and we rolled out pretty strong. To qualify second, race with Shane – the best dude in Australia at the moment – and to finish P2 behind him is awesome."

It was another first of sorts for David Reynolds, whose third place marked Grove Racing's first podium under full Grove family ownership.

Reynolds finished just over a second behind Feeney, having shadowed the leading Red Bull Holdens without ever putting them under real pressure.

Chaz Mostert completed a remarkable recovery from 16th on the grid, running long to pop up in fourth place, right behind Reynolds, at the finish.

Anton De Pasquale was fifth ahead of Team 18 pair Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye as James Courtney, Lee Holdsworth and Todd Hazelwood rounded out the Top 10.

There was a wild mid-race moment for Tim Slade, meanwhile, after a frightening run-in with Cam Waters down the back straight.

Slade was trying to side draft past Waters and looked to have a got run on him, only for Waters to give him a hit as they went through the Turn 5 kink.

That sent Slade into a high-speed, off-track slide, his car getting airborne before bouncing back across the road.

Both cars were able to continue with Waters slapped with a drive-through penalty for his efforts.

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB -    
2 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 2.417 2.418 2.418
3 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 3.717 3.717 1.300
4 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 4.238 4.238 0.521
5 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 9.012 9.012 4.774
6 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 11.515 11.515 2.503
7 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 14.556 14.557 3.042
8 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 17.430 17.431 2.874
9 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 17.697 17.698 0.267
10 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 19.320 19.321 1.623
11 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 21.481 21.482 2.161
12 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 23.704 23.704 2.223
13 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 23.895 23.896 0.192
14 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 24.665 24.666 0.770
15 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 26.738 26.739 2.073
16 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 26.965 26.966 0.227
17 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 45.484 45.484 18.519
18 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1 lap    
19 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1 lap    
20 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 7 laps    
  55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT      
  8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB      
  56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT      
  34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB      
  76 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB      

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