Supercars: Van Gisbergen makes late move to claim win in Townsville

Shane van Gisbergen has returned to the winners’ circle with a perfectly timed overtaking move, sealing victory in today’s 250km race in Townsville.

The Red Bull ace recorded his ninth win in Townsville, 10th of the season of and 64th of his career after overhauling Will Davison late in what turned out to be a gripping NTI Townsville 500 opener.

Davison led Van Gisbergen by as much as 17 seconds late, until the defending Supercars Champion started to mow down the two-time Bathurst winner after his second pit stop.

Shane van Gisbergen wins race 1 of the NTI Townsville 500, event 7 of the Repco Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. 9 July 2022

Davison’s Shell Ford teammate Anton De Pasquale finished sixth, meaning van Gisbergen has opened up his series lead to 262 points ahead of tomorrow’s second 250km race of the event.

“I thought we’d put ourselves too far back,” van Gisbergen said.

“Came home strong in the eight, good battle with Will. His lines were awesome, he was driving really well. It’s going to be tough tomorrow, for sure.”

Davison added: “I didn’t know if we could manage it, we just ran out of laps.

“Great job by the team. It was a really fun race.”

Davison cleaned up van Gisbergen off the line and shot into an early lead in the 88-lap race, just the third race of the year where drivers have had to include refueling as part of the race strategy.

Van Gisbergen reeled in Davison and made the overtake at Turn 2 on lap 14.

The leaders’ final compulsory stop round began when Davison stopped on lap 55. With 25 laps to go, van Gisbergen made his final stop.

Van Gisbergen closed on the rear of Davison on lap 84 of 88, and armed with better drive traction, took the lead out of the final corner.

Van Gisbergen crossed the line with a 5.1s margin over Davison, with Cam Waters third.

Andre Heimgartner finished fourth, Scott Pye finished fifth ahead of De Pasquale, Broc Feeney, Tim Slade, Chaz Mostert and Jack Le Brocq.

Race Results

1 97 Van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team +0.000s
2 17 Davison Shell V-Power Racing Team +5.197
3 6 C. Waters Tickford Racing 1 +20.489
4 8 Heimgartner Brad Jones Racing +21.086
5 20 S. Pye Team 18 +29.910
6 11 A. de Pasquale Shell V-Power Racing Team +31.788
7 88 B. Feeney Red Bull Holden Racing Team +47.610
8 3 Slade CoolDrive Racing +49.099
9 25 Mostert WAU Racing Pty Ltd +53.328
10 34 J. Le Brocq Matt Stone Racing +56.175
11 9 W. Brown Penrite Racing – Erebus +58.950
12 99 B. Kostecki Penrite Racing – Erebus +1:03.428
13 2 Percat WAU Racing Pty Ltd +1:10.217
14 56 J. Kostecki Tickford Racing 2 +1:14.012
15 14 B. Fullwood Brad Jones Racing +1 Lap
16 55 T. Randle Tickford Racing 2 +1 Lap
17 10 Holdsworth Penrite Racing +1 Lap
18 26 Reynolds Penrite Racing +1 Lap
19 22 C. Pither PremiAir Coca Cola Racing +1 Lap
20 5 Courtney Tickford Racing 1 +1 Lap
21 35 T. Hazelwood Matt Stone Racing +1 Lap
22 96 M. Jones SCT Motor Sports +6 Laps
23 31 J. Golding PremiAir Subway Racing +6 Laps
24 4 J. Smith SCT Motor Sports +17 Laps
25 18 Winterbottom Team 18 +19 Laps