Supercars: Van Gisbergen crowned Champion, Feeney wins first race

Shane van Gisbergen is a three-time Supercars Champion.

After the most dominant year of racing ever, van Gisbergen claimed the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship crown with one of the most spectacular burnouts the series has ever seen.

In front of a packed crowd, that welcomed back the VALO Adelaide 500 with open arms over the weekend, van Gisbergen celebrated the final ever Holden race with a huge burnout on the main straight.

Shane van Gisbergen 2022 Supercars Champion celebrates at the VALO Adleadie 500, event 13 of the Repco Supercars Championship, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. 4 Dec, 2022.

The other headline of the day was van Gisbergen’s rookie teammate Broc Feeney winning his first ever career race.

Feeney has outlasted Chaz Mostert to take Holden’s last ever win at the VALO Adelaide 500. The end margin between Feeney and Saturday winner Mostert was just 0.9s.

Feeney became the second full-time rookie in as many years to win a race after Will Brown in Sydney in 2021.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver — aged just 20 — also became the second youngest driver to win a race.

The 20-year-old, who replaced the great Jamie Whincup held off this year’s VALO Adelaide 500 Champion and yesterday’s race winner Chaz Mostert who was second, and Ford’s Anton De Pasquale who was third.

Broc Feeney wins the VALO Adleadie 500, event 13 of the Repco Supercars Championship, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. 4 Dec, 2022.

Scott McLaughlin still holds the record for youngest ever race winner in Supercars, beating the Gold Coast whiz kid by just four months, but none of that mattered to Feeney who lapped up his amazing maiden victory.

Van Gisbergen finished the race in 7th place, before his epic burnout rounded out an incredible year of racing.

Shane van Gisbergen 2022 Supercars Champion celebrates at the VALO Adleadie 500, event 13 of the Repco Supercars Championship, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. 4 Dec, 2022.

The 33-year-old kiwi became the 11th driver in history to claim three career Championships, the last driver to do so was fellow kiwi Scott McLaughlin.

The Red Bull ace finished the year with a new record haul of 21 victories from 34 races and eight pole positions.

Ford’s Cam Waters finished the year in second position, equalling his career-best result of second place in 2020.

Chaz Mostert, was was runner up to van Gisbergen at the Repco Bathurst 1000 finished third in the standings, equalling his result from 2021.

Today’s result capped off a remarkable year for the Triple Eight Race Engineering team, co-owned by Jamie Whincup.

Triple Eight has now become the first team to the Bathurst 1000, Supercars drivers’ and teams’ titles, the Dunlop Super2 Series driver title (Declan Fraser) and Super2 teams’ title in the same year.

Fittingly, all of their cars were Commodores in the final year of Holden racing in Supercars.

How Sunday’s race unfolded

In Sunday’s race Van Gisbergen overhauled Feeney off the line, and took off after Davison. Behind them, Waters picked off Mostert for fifth at Turn 9.

Feeney was first of the leading group to stop on lap 11.

Davison pitted two laps later in response, and emerged ahead — but picked up a warning for exceeding track limits.

Van Gisbergen pushed his performance deep into the stint, and set the fastest lap of the race on lap 16.

Two laps later, Jake Kostecki crashed at Turn 8, and the balance of the field fired into pit lane.

Davison and Feeney jumped De Pasquale, with David Reynolds and Brodie Kostecki short-fuelled into fourth and sixth.

Davison led Feeney, De Pasquale, Reynolds and van Gisbergen to green on lap 22.

Feeney attacked a sliding Davison at Turn 4 — behind them, van Gisbergen dropped to eighth after being hung out wide at Turn 6.

Brodie Kostecki slapped the wall at Turn 8, but somehow avoided a race-ending fate.

Feeney took the lead for the first time at Turn 9 on lap 24 when Davison made a mistake.

Van Gisbergen cleared Mostert into Turn 8 on lap 30, before making respective Turn 9 moves on Waters and Reynolds.

All the while, Feeney had opened a 3.2s gap on Davison, with De Pasquale 0.7s behind his teammate.

On lap 40, Davison made another mistake at Turn 11, tumbled down the order and pitted immediately.

One lap later, De Pasquale bowled a wide at the last corner, and handed second to van Gisbergen on a platter.

The race turned on its head once again when Bryce Fullwood crashed at Turn 8 on lap 43.

Van Gisbergen stacked behind Feeney, while De Pasquale lost position to Mostert in the lane.

Once the field cleansed, van Gisbergen was effective 12th, with Feeney ahead of Mostert, De Pasquale and Waters.

Van Gisbergen’s charge began immediately at the restart when he nosed down the inside of the retiring Lee Holdsworth at the last corner.

Feeney led Mostert to green on lap 49, with Thomas Randle sent into a spin at the last corner by Jack Smith.

On lap 51, defending from Brodie Kostecki, Davison careened into Reynolds at Turn 9, with James Courtney also implicated.

Davison was quickly handed a 15-second penalty over the incident.

Waters attacked De Pasquale on lap 58, but bowled a wide at Turn 5 and gifted fourth to the rampant van Gisbergen.

Van Gisbergen cleared De Pasquale on lap 62 at Turn 9, completing the all-Holden podium.

On the next lap, van Gisbergen’s worst fears were confirmed over the radio — a drive-through over the Safety Car infringement.

Van Gisbergen took the penalty immediately, and resumed in 13th.

Feeney marched on and kept Mostert at bay, with the two Commodores driving away from De Pasquale.

The 2021 Super2 champion completed the job with a delighted Triple Eight crew hanging over the pit wall.

Brown came home sixth ahead of van Gisbergen, Brodie Kostecki, Holdsworth and Golding.

With the Holden era now over, all eyes turn to 2023 when the Gen3 Ford Mustang will take on the Chevrolet Camaro.

The first race of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will be the Thrifty Newcastle 500 from 10-12 March.

Sunday Results: Valo Adelaide 500

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps
1 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 78
2 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 78
3 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 78
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 78
5 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 78
6 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 78
7 1 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 78
8 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 78
9 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 78
10 31 Subway PremiAir Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 78
11 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 78
12 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 78
13 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 78
14 20 Toyota Forklifts Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 78
15 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 78
16 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 78
17  5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 78
18 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 78
19 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 78
20 4 SCT Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 77
21 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 71
22 96 TRG Transport Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 67
NC 14 Middy’s Electrical Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 41
NC 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 37
NC 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 16


Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 3523
2 Cameron Waters 2908
3 Chaz Mostert 2835
4 Anton De Pasquale 2599
5 Will Davison 2573
6 Broc Feeney 2377
7 Brodie Kostecki 2142
8 David Reynolds 2132
9 Mark Winterbottom 1909
10 Andre Heimgartner 1877
11 Tim Slade 1855
12 James Courtney 1748
13 Lee Holdsworth 1734
14 William Brown 1714
15 Nick Percat 1643
16 Scott Pye 1512
17 Bryce Fullwood 1383
18 Todd Hazelwood 1345
19 Macauley Jones 1282
20 Chris Pither 1257
21 Jack Le Brocq 1237
22 Jake Kostecki 1192
23 Thomas Randle 1156
24 Jack Smith 1054
25 James Golding 708
26 Garry Jacobson 513
27 Garth Tander 300
28 Jordan Boys 300
29 Fabian Coulthard 276
30 James Moffat 258
31 David Russell 240
32 Jayden Ojeda 240
33 Jamie Whincup 222
34 Matthew Payne 204
35 Tony D’Alberto 192
36 Declan Fraser 180
37 Craig Lowndes 180
38 Dean Fiore 168
39 Zak Best 162
40 Jack Perkins 156
41 Greg Murphy 144
42 Richie Stanaway 144
43 Dylan O’Keeffe 138
44 Aaron Seton 126
45 Michael Caruso 120
46 Tyler Everingham 114
47 Kurt Kostecki 108
48 Matthew Chahda 102
49 Jaylyn Robotham 102
50 Tim Blanchard 96
51 Cameron Hill 84
52 Warren Luff 78
53 Alex Davison 0
54 Jaxon Evans 0
55 Zane Goddard 0
56 Dale Wood 0
57 Matt Campbell 0


Teams championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 1 88 (97) Triple Eight Race Engineering 5900
2 11 17 (100) Dick Johnson Racing 5172
3 5 6 (50) (500) Tickford Racing 4656
4 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 4448
5 10 26 (500) Grove Racing 3866
6 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 3856
7 18 20 Team 18 3401
8 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 3260
9 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 2532
10 22 31 (76) PremiAir Racing 2418
11 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 2336
12 55 56 Tickford Racing 2318
13 3 Blanchard Racing Team 1855
14 888 Triple Eight Race Engineering 180
15 49 Image Racing 168
16 78 Tickford Racing 162
17 27 Walkinshaw Andretti United 150
18 51 Erebus Motorsport 144
19 118 Matt Chahda Motorsport 102