V8 Supercars: Shane van Gisbergen does it again with race to race double

Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen has maintained his unbeaten start to the Supercars season by winning a wet and wild sprint race at Sandown.
The Red Bull Ampol made it a perfect four from four in 2021 with a clinical drive from pole position in the Melbourne rain.

After pulling off one of the greatest wins in modern Australian touring car history on Saturday, the 31-year-old star expertly handled the slippery conditions on Sunday to canter to the 44th victory of his career with a winning margin of almost 14 seconds.

Shane Van Gisbergen starts 17th, is fourth with four laps to go, makes a double overtake into second, and then takes the lead on the last lap. All with a broken collarbone.

Ford's rising star Cameron Waters managed to hang on for second despite a late incident with Chaz Mostert, who was overtaken by Jamie Whincup for third.

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A good battle with Chaz, then the safety car come out (at lap-four) we pulled up beside each other," van Gisbergen said.

Once it dried up a bit my car just got better and better."

Van Gisbergen's win streak is five when including his Bathust 1000 triumph to end the 2020 season.

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Shane van Gisbergen drives the #97 Red Bull Ampol Holden Commodore ZB to the chequered flag to win race 2 of the Sandown SuperSprint in Melbourne.

A sore van Gisbergen underwent surgery on a broken collarbone two weeks ago but the pain is not affecting his driving.

He was touch-and-go to drive this weekend after injuring himself in a mountain biking accident earlier this month.

Van Gisbergen has asserted himself as the new man to beat after three-time defending champion Scott McLaughlin's departure to IndyCar in the off-season.

In a jaw-dropping performance on Saturday, the New Zealander made up a record-breaking 16 places on the grid to claim his 43rd career win.

Van Gisbergen smashed a 56-year-old record for the lowest starting position to take the chequered flag at the Melbourne track.

The final 36-lap race of the weekend will get under way at 6.30pm (NZT).


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