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Van Gisbergen edges Davison at Sandown

Shane van Gisbergen scores his 16th win of 2022 and 70th of his career.

21 August 2022

Shane van Gisbergen’s march to his third Supercars championship win continued at Sandown with two race wins, though his run of consecutive victories came to end at the hands of Will Davison.

Davison defeated van Gibsergen in Race 24, ending van Gisbergen’s run of victories that could have seen him equal the record for most wins in a row of eight held by Craig Lowndes from 1996. 

Van Gibsergen bounced back with a double in Race 25 and 26, notching up his 16th win of the season and 70th of his career, becoming only the fourth driver in history to reach the 70-win mark. Only Scott McLaughlin’s record 18 wins set in 2019 is in van Gisbergen’s way of a new season record.

Van Gisbergen and Davison were the class of the field at Sandown, with their battle coming to a head on the first lap of the third race. While the duo fought for the lead, Davison’s teammate Anton De Pasquale tried to sneak past the race leaders only to collide with his teammate and get the front of his car airborne. Conversely, van Gisbergen’s teammate Broc Feeney scored his second podium of the season in the same race.

Van Gisbergen’s championship points lead is now out to 500 points from Cameron Waters and De Pasquale.

“It was pretty cool to race in those opening few laps because we were having some awesome battles, and it was a shame that Anton suffered damage and we couldn’t all battle it out,” said van Gisbergen.

“I’m so stoked for the team to get a double-podium and a huge congratulations to Broc and the entire crew at Red Bull Ampol Racing. What an awesome weekend overall. Will has been really fast this weekend and I followed him yesterday and he was driving very well.

“In the last race, I knew I had to get him at the start, so I put maximum pressure on him. At the end I could see him coming, but I went as hard as I could and I didn’t look in the mirror – I just kept pushing. Broc had a tough race this morning with his stall in pitlane, but to rebound like he did to get a podium is so awesome.”

The Repco Supercars Championship now heads to van Gisbergen’s home round, the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, for Supercars’ first visit to New Zealand since September 2019. It will also be the final round at Pukekohe Park Raceway, with the circuit closing to motorsport activities in April 2023.