Shane Van Gisbergen celebrates after winning race 10  at Winton
Shane Van Gisbergen celebrates after winning race 10 at Winton Daniel Kalisz

Whincup error opens door for van Gisbergen

SHANE van Gisbergen reignited a V8 war when the Red Bull whiz won a Winton fist fight to end DJR Team Penske's ruthless Supercar's run.

Stopping the new V8 giant from making it four race wins in a row, van Gisbergen pounced in a frenetic final 14 lap sprint to put the Red Bull Holden Racing Team (RBHRT) back on top and keep his dream of winning back-to-back championship titles alive.

In a contender for the season's best race, van Gisbergen charged past Jamie Whincup to deny his teammate a record equalling 105th race win on lap 56 after a late safety car pitched the Red Bull's into a three way fight with Ford's Fabian Coulthard.

But there was no stopping van Gisbergen as the Kiwi King charged home to restore Holden pride.

"We have worked pretty hard for this,” Van Gisbergen said.

"It has taken a long time with the others guys being so quick but a one-two for the team is a great response.”

Whincup held on to second to score a Red Bull one-two and end Penske's reign.

"It has been tough,” Van Gisbergen said.

"But we are now on our way back and feeling really good. We put on a good show and now we will push on. Fabian was quick again and but we got the one-two so I am stoked for all the guys.'

Whincup made it a day of double celebration for RBHRT with the team rising to the challenge set by DJR Team Penske on Saturday when Scott McLaughlin won to make it three in a row.

"I am obviously rapt for the team because it was a great result,” Whincup said.

"But personally I am pretty pissed off because I had an opportunity to win and it didn't happen. I don't really car about championship points at the moment because I just want to win races. I haven't done that yet and I will go away, work hard and come back stronger.”

Out to end McLaughlin's charge, Whincup landed a blow on the wunderkid on the startline by winning the race to turn one.

And van Gisbergen continued the Red Bull attack when he pushed McLaughlin wide to steel second with a move that sent McLaughlin back to 5th.

And wounded with a flat stop following his opening lap war with Red Bull, McLaughlin was forced to pit on lap three and take a strategy gamble.

"It was awesome racing,” McLaughlin said. "People want to see good racing. We lost pit priority but in the end we didn't quite have the pace and we had to salvage what we could.”

The race soon became a battle of strategy with Whincup and McLaughlin racing after an early stop and van Gisbergen and Coulthard going at it after stopping late.

But after being belted in race one, Red Bull had a double win with Whincup and van Gisbergen pitched in a battle for the lead when Coulthard rejoined in 4th following his lap 43 stop.

A lap 51 safety car made it a 14 lap sprint to the end with Coulthard making a failed charge before surrounding to claim third.

The podium finish saw Coulthard retain his championship lead.

"We had a quick car and we were able to race people,” Coulthard said.

"To come away with a podium after a poor qualifying is a good day.”

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