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Van Gisbergen claims Pukekohe farewell win

Shane van Gisbergen edges closer to the 2022 championship with victory on home soil.

11 September 2022

Shane van Gisbergen has won two of the three races at the last Supercars round to be held at Pukekohe Park Raceway, to the delight of his fellow New Zealanders.

With Pukekohe closing to motorsport activities in April 2023, the ITM Auckland SuperSprint marked not only the return of Supercars to New Zealand for the first time since 2019 but also the farewell to Pukekohe.

Van Gisbergen equalled fellow Kiwi Scott McLaughlin’s season record of 18 race victories, winning both races on the Sunday of the event, the latter from eighth to first, passing Cameron Waters with two laps remaining. It also gave van Gisbergen his third Jason Richards Memorial Trophy.

“When I passed Cam into the hairpin, the crowd went nuts, and to me it was better than Bathurst,” said van Gisbergen.

“This is one of the all time greatest moments in my motorsport career. The way we won that race, and seeing how much it meant to everyone and how much it meant to Andrew (Edwards), it was so special to him.

“He worked with JR (Jason Richards) and was very close to that team, and to have Jase’s parents there made it very cool.”

Will Davison was leading the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy standings with victory in the Saturday race, before a pitlane error by his crew ended his chances of a second victory of the weekend on Sunday.

Van Gisbergen now heads to the Repco Bathurst 1000 holding a 525-point championship lead over Waters with Davison in third.