Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen has joined an exclusive club today, becoming just the fourth driver in history to start a season with five straight wins.
The Red Bull ace has not been beaten in the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship yet, with five wins from five starts. It is his sixth straight win following the 2020 Bathurst 1000 victory at the end of last year.
Not even nine screws inserted into a broken collarbone two weeks’ ago could stop van Gisbergen this weekend. This afternoon’s win in the wet at the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint was his 45th career victory.
Rookie Brodie Kostecki, in just his sixth career race start at the top level, claimed second place – while David Reynolds – in his 350th career race, claimed third and his first podium since switching to the Penrite Ford Mustang at the start of 2021.
Van Gisbergen now sits alongside three Hall of Fame inductees for the best ever start to a season; Allan Moffat (1977), Peter Brock (1980) and Mark Skaife (1994) are the only other drivers in the history of Supercars to have started a season with five or more consecutive wins.
On each of those occasions the driver who won five straight races went on to claim the season’s Championship.
The 2016 Supercars Champion now holds a 155 point Championship lead over teammate Jamie Whincup, while Chaz Mostert has slid to third and Cam Waters is fourth, the best of the Ford drivers 170 points behind Van Gisbergen after two rounds.
Earlier today van Gisbergen claimed two pole positions for today’s two races and claimed the opening race victory in front of Waters and Whincup.
Drivers and teams will now prepare for the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint, which will run April 10-11 at Symmons Plains.
REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP – PROVISIONAL STANDINGS
|Shane van Gisbergen||Red Bull Ampol Racing||605|
|Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Ampol Racing||450|
|Chaz Mostert||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||442|
|Cam Waters||Monster Energy Racing||435|
|Mark Winterbottom||IRWIN Racing||411|
|Will Davison||Shell V-Power Racing||377|
|Andre Heimgartner||Ned’s Racing||326|
|Nick Percat||R&J Batteries Racing||317|
|David Reynolds||Penrite Racing||316|
|Brodie Kostecki||Boost Mobile Erebus Racing||313|
|Jack Le Brocq||Truck Assist Racing||286|
|Bryce Fullwood||Mobil 1 Middys||283|
|Todd Hazelwood||Cub Cadet Racing||273|
|Scott Pye||DeWalt Racing||270|
|Will Brown||Erebus Motorsport||260|
|James Courtney||Boost Mobile Racing||250|
|Anton De Pasquale||Shell V-Power Racing||240|
|Jake Kostecki||Unit Racing||220|
|Zane Goddard||Yellow Cover Racing||218|
|Fabian Coulthard||Local Legends Racing||196|
|Jack Smith||SCT Racing||182|
|Garry Jacobson||Team Sydney||137|
|Tim Slade||CoolDrive Racing||136|
|Macauley Jones||Coca Cola Racing||134|