Motorsport: Jamie Whincup has 100th victory snatched by Van Gisbergen

Shane Van Gisbergen snatched victory from Kiwi teammate Jamie Whincup in Ipswich. Photo / Getty Images
Shane Van Gisbergen snatched victory from Kiwi teammate Jamie Whincup in Ipswich. Photo / Getty Images

Jamie Whincup might have been dreaming about claiming his 100th V8s Supercars race win today until Kiwi team-mate Shane Van Gisbergen made a late pass at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway.

Whincup looked destined to become just the second driver in Supercars history to reach the milestone but was passed by Van Gisbergen with two laps to go in today's race. It was Van Gisbergen's fourth race win of the year, and 15th of his career, with Whincup coming home second.

Triple Eight Race Engineering stablemate Craig Lowndes came home third in a podium clean sweep for the Holden team.

Whincup started from third on the grid but ended the opening lap in first position after passing pole position holder Chris Pither, who had secured his first pole as well as that for Kiwi outfit Super Black Racing, and Chaz Mostert.

He held onto the lead for the majority of the next 35 laps before Van Gisbergen's late move.

Whincup played down the significance of 100 wins, and said the result today was due to a lack of pace at the end of the race. "I was going for the win, that's what it was all about," he said.

The result meant Van Gisbergen closed the gap on Whincup at the top of the points table to 41 points, with Ford's Mark Winterbottom, who finished fourth yesterday, third.

New Zealand's Scott McLaughlin is still fifth in the standings but finished down the field in 15th. Fabian Coulthard was 10th, Pither 11th, Andre Heimgartner 20th and Craig Baird, who drafted in to replace Aaren Russell for Erebus Motorsport this weekend, 25th.

The race was reduced by a lap when Ford's Cameron Waters broke a tailshaft on the formation lap and had to limp into the garage.

Another Ford driver, DJR/Team Penske's Scott Pye finished the day in 21st after his team put in a mammoth effort to completely rebuild the front end of his Falcon following a high-speed crash earlier in practice.

The Ipswich SuperSprint wraps up tomorrow with a 200km race.

- NZ Herald

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