Shane van Gisbergen took the win in Hamilton’s ITM 400 V8 Supercars street race yesterday and earned his place as the prince of NZ Motorsport. The win was van Gisbergen’s first in the V8 Supercars and was also the first time a New Zealand-born driver has won the Hamilton event.
After starting from fourth spot on the grid, the 21-year-old from Auckland drove the race of his life to beat home Lee Holdsworth and Garth Tander and give the Stone Brothers Racing team its first win since 2008.
After showing similar form early on only to fall foul of pit issues in the first race of the weekend on Saturday, van Gisbergen always looked sharp on track yesterday, with a fast car and strategy which this time went his way throughout the 59-lap race.
In fact the only possible threat to his winning hopes was more of the rain showers which made the street circuit treacherous on Saturday. But in stark contrast to the fickle conditions the day before the rain stayed away long enough for today’s race to be run in near-idyllic conditions, with only the lightest of showers materialising in the closing laps of the race. (more…)