Rival closes gap on Kiwi
Defending Supercars champion Shane Van Gisbergen has had his lead in this season’s title race cut after failing to win across three races in the Darwin Triple Crown over the weekend.
The Kiwi driver came third in the first two races before a 15-second penalty in the final race following a clash with Will Davison pushed him down to 21st, his worst result of the season.
The Red Bull Ampol Racing star’s advantage in the championship has been cut from 281 points to 214 following the action at Darwin.
Ford’s Anton de Pasquale, who came away from the June 18-19 races with a win and a second and fourth place finish is second in the championship standings.
Also taking a chequered flag at Hidden Valley Raceway over the weekend was Cameron Waters and Chaz Mostert.
Meanwhile, Supercars will head overseas for the first time since 2019 when the touring car series returns to New Zealand in September.
After two seasons impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Supercars has been given the green light to race again at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
The Auckland Supersprint, to run from September 9-11, will be the final round before the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
1. Shane van Gisbergen, 1,581 points
2. Anton De Pasquale, 1,367pts
3. Cameron Waters, 1,293pts
4. Will Davison, 1,287pts
5. David Reynolds, 1,111pts