Winners and losers: OTR SuperSprint
The return to The Bend Motorsport Park offered three totally different winners; any weekend that occurs, there are sure to be tales of pleasure, and tales of woe.
Shane van Gisbergen prolonged his sequence lead on the OTR SuperSprint on a weekend Mustangs swept all earlier than them.
Supercars.com has picked out 5 winners and 4 losers from the OTR SuperSprint.
Heimgartner’s 161-race watch for victory ended, and in an enormous manner, the Kelly Grove Racing driver crushing his rivals on Saturday to assert pole and the win in difficult circumstances.
A wished man as contract talks begin to warmth up, Heimgartner proved he has what it takes to win when his geese are in a row.
Shell V-Energy Racing Workforce
The champion Ford staff continues to enhance, with Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison once more claiming two podiums every.
De Pasquale led an historic one-two within the first Sunday race, serving to Ford to its four-hundredth race win. An engine misfire ruined his Race 11 effort, having claimed each poles; nonetheless, Davison’s run to 3rd ensured the staff retained second within the groups’ standings.
It took 11 races, however Waters lastly struck the massive time in 2021 with a robust win within the weekend finale.
Any day you’ll be able to maintain Shane van Gisbergen behind, it’s a superb day; Waters did simply that, with Tickford Racing managing to get on high of its tyre woes from Tasmania to return to the winners’ circle.
Had he not been worn out in Race 10, his weekend may have been even higher; it price him essential floor within the title chase, however clinching victory was half the battle.
Shane van Gisbergen
Whereas he went winless on a weekend for the primary time this season, van Gisbergen left Tailem Bend with a higher sequence lead than the one he arrived with.
Van Gisbergen was arguably the driving force of Sunday’s races, ending on the rostrum twice. He loomed to threaten Shell V-Energy Racing Workforce’s one-two, earlier than pushing Waters all the way in which within the finale.
He would rue being unable to clear Waters after making his cease, however heading to Winton, one other Triple Eight bogey circuit, he’ll be delighted along with his prolonged 190-point buffer.
Brad Jones Racing mightn’t have its qualifying tempo sorted, however they’ve a ripper in Percat, who practically pulled off the results of the season on Saturday.
Percat went from twenty sixth and final after a nightmare qualifying to being within the thick of the rostrum battle.
On Sunday, he was caught up within the opening lap drama, earlier than recovering to sixteenth. His P6 end in Race 11 was masked by a gasoline movement situation, which price him the next end.
Nonetheless, he retained his high 10 place within the standings, and will probably be one to look at at his staff’s take a look at venue at Winton.
Finishes of sixth, eleventh and fourth weren’t to Whincup’s requirements, with the seven-time champion dropping floor to van Gisbergen.
It marked a disappointing weekend for the Purple Bull Ampol Racing veteran, who was fast in follow, and began second for Race 11.
Two high fives sandwiched a DNF in Race 10, which got here on account of his involvement within the Race 10 tangle.
He was Heimgartner’s closest challenger on Saturday, and would have been within the battle in Race 10.
He recovered to fifth within the finale, however he too misplaced key floor to van Gisbergen within the title chase.
A DNF, twenty second and twelfth ensured Reynolds dropped from seventh to thirteenth within the standings.
It was a bitter tablet to swallow, amplified by teammate Heimgartner’s outstanding Race 9 win.
It wasn’t a lot better for Winterbottom, who on a milestone weekend, walked away with simply the only real high 10 end result.
An influence steering situation ruined his Saturday, having topped first follow.
He recovered to ninth in Race 10, however was circled within the finale, crossing the road 18th.
He did, nonetheless, retain his high six place within the standings, however is 151 factors away from fifth-placed Waters.
The Repco Supercars Championship discipline will return to Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint throughout Might 28-30. Tickets can be found right here.
The occasion will probably be broadcast dwell on Foxtel and will probably be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and seven Plus.