Van Gisbergen and Tander win Sunday race at Surfers before record crowd

Tander and van Gisbergen
Tander and van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander have today claimed their first victory together, at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

In front of a record crowd for the event of 198,763 van Gisbergen reversed the result of yesterday, with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes second while in the first all Holden podium of 2019, David Reynolds and Luke Youlden brought the KISS Penrite Commodore home in third.

The result was van Gisbergen's 35th career win and 4th on the Gold Coast. It was Tander's 8th at the GC600 and victory number 55 for his career.

“We had the short tire strategy and had to run them long at the end," said van Gisbergen.

“I was struggling a little bit but trying to manage, then Dave put the pressure on and we had to speed up again.

“What an awesome weekend. Two one-twos for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, it’s really special to be a part of it.

“Yesterday paid back today, it’s all about the team."

The story of the day was that of current Virgin Australia Supercars Championship leader and defending Champion Scott McLaughlin, who had a spectacular crash in qualifying this morning.

After flipping his car at 135km/h, McLaughlin was admitted to hospital for observation following his weekend-ending crash.

They were lined up deep around the entire circuit while the IndyCar teams were home tending to their gardens, unable to secure a race deal for a return to Surfers Paradise
They were lined up deep around the entire circuit while the IndyCar teams were home tending to their gardens, unable to secure a race deal for a return to Surfers Paradise

The 26-year-old suffered a heavy impact with the concrete in the closing stages of qualifying, rendering the Shell V-Power Racing Mustang irreparable for today’s race.

He is expected to be discharged from hospital shortly.

Today's race was filled with highlights, which began on the opening lap when a four car pile-up dented the chances for a number of teams and ended youngster James Golding's day.

Tander started on pole position and held off Craig Lowndes from the get-go. The pair raced away from the field to open a commanding lead for the Red Bull Holdens.

Local hero James Courtney had issues with a door not closing after a pit stop which ended his chances mid-way through the race.

Behind the top three, Mobil 1 Holden's Scott Pye was 4th ahead of a trio of Tickford Mustangs driven by Cam Waters, Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison.

Today's result with McLaughlin missing the race, means his Championship lead is cut to 463-points. Had he finished today's race ahead of or close enough to van Gisbergen, he would've sealed this year's crown.

As team's prepare for next month's final event of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup van Gisbergen and Tander lead the endurance standings by 36 points to Whincup and Lowndes.

The Penrite Oil Sandown 500 runs in Melbourne from 8-10 November as the tradition retro round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Results

POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME
1 97 Van Gisbergen Tander Red Bull Holden Racing Team 2:04:38.009
2 888 Whincup Lowndes Red Bull Holden Racing Team +0.175
3 9 Reynolds L. Youlden Penrite Racing +0.847
4 2 S. Pye W. Luff Mobil 1 Racing +14.159
5 6 C. Waters Caruso Monster Energy Racing Team +16.183
6 5 Holdsworth T. Randle The Bottle-O Racing Team +26.981
7 23 Davison A. Davison Milwaukee Racing +28.294
8 99 A. de Pasquale W. Brown Penrite Racing +43.294
9 22 Courtney J. Perkins Mobil 1 Racing +50.733
10 8 Percat Blanchard Freightliner Alliance Racing +1:03.574
11 12 Coulthard T. D'Alberto Shell V-Power Racing Team +1:04.557
12 3 G. Jacobson D. Fiore RABBLE.club Racing +1 Lap
13 19 J. Le Brocq J. Webb Truck Assist TEKNO Racing +1 Lap
14 15 R. Kelly Wood Castrol Racing +1 Lap
15 21 M. Jones D. Canto Team CoolDrive +1 Lap
16 56 B. Kostecki J. Kostecki Boost Mobile Kostecki Brothers +1 Lap
17 14 Slade Walsh Freightliner Alliance Racing +2 Laps
18 33 C. Pither D. O'Keeffe Boost Mobile Racing +2 Laps
19 18 Winterbottom S. Richards Irwin Racing +2 Laps
20 35 T. Hazelwood J. Smith Bigmate Racing +4 Laps
21 7 Heimgartner B. Fullwood Plus Fitness Racing +4 Laps
22 78 S. De Silvestro A. Rullo Team Harvey Norman +20 Laps
NC 34 J. Golding R. Muscat Boost Mobile Racing +101 Laps

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