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Disqualification and win for van Gisbergen in Newcastle

Gen3 era opens with Shane van Gisbergen overcoming Race 1 disqualification to win Race 2.

12 March 2023

The Gen3 era of Supercars got underway in Newcastle with the new Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro each taking a win, albeit in controversial circumstances.

Triple Eight Race Engineering romped home for a one-two finish in Race 1, with Shane van Gisbergen leading home teammate Broc Feeney in their Camaros, though both Red Bull-backed entries were later disqualified after the team added dry ice to the car on the driver’s side during pitstops.

While Triple Eight will appeal the disqualification, the on-event ruling handed the Race 1 win to the Mustang of Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters with Chaz Mostert and Brodie Kostecki promoted to the podium.

Van Gisbergen bounced back in Race 2 with victory, bumping his way through on Mostert late in the race with David Reynolds joining them on the podium.

“Both of our cars were awesome all weekend, and I like to think all of our talking was done on the track,” said van Gisbergen.

“To get another race win to start the season is awesome and I’m so proud of everyone at the team for what they’ve achieved.”

Waters was in contention for the win until he hit the wall and damaged his steering, in a challenging weekend for Tickford Racing with James Courtney missing Race 2 following a qualifying crash and new recruit Declan Fraser involved in a start-line tangle in the same race.

Mostert leads the championship following his double podium, after Walkinshaw Andretti United’s first event with Ford.