Shane van Gisbergen has prolonged his guide in the Supercars championship, declaring a sweep of the NTI Townsville 500 in a dramatic end to race 20.
Van Gisbergen’s closest rival, Anton de Pasquale, was chasing him down in the remaining stint and bumped van Gisbergen, sending him into a spin although attempting an formidable overtake.
Realising his slip-up, de Pasquale attempted a redress to allow van Gisbergen back again in entrance just before the chequered flag, but the Kiwi was possessing none of it, pretty much pushing de Pasquale above the line.
Race officials deemed de Pasquale experienced fully commited an act of careless driving and gave him a 5-second time penalty, handing the victory to van Gisbergen, when Cam Waters rounded out the podium.
It was van Gisbergen’s 11th acquire of the year, his 10th in Townsville and 65th of his occupation.
De Pasquale approached van Gisbergen immediately just after the race to apologise for bumping into him, but the two-time Supercars winner entirely brushed him, rejecting the offer you of a handshake.
“He had a go, you have to regard that,” van Gisbergen explained of the incident.
“Car was fantastic, but his was superior, he ran me down … we will have a chat later on, I am offended at the minute.”
Van Gisbergen reported by rejecting the redress, he was hoping de Pasquale would be presented a bigger penalty.
“Yeah, I possibly thought that at the time,” he claimed, for every Speedcafe.com.
Shane van Gisbergen celebrates. Picture / Photosport
The 33-12 months-aged was fuming at the time but mentioned he afterwards cleared the air with de Pasquale, and there were being no hard thoughts between the two drivers.
“I was angry at the time and I wished to rejoice with my men,” van Gisbergen reported.
“Then after the interviews, I went and noticed him and reported fairly a great deal what I explained to Jess (Yates, Fox Motorsports host).
“I you should not intellect that he experienced a go, I am offended that I received spun out but I’m happy we’re having a fight and I have bought no challenge with that.
“Possibly he could have accomplished it much better but I was offended.”
De Pasquale claimed: “I was catching him, experienced a dip, locked the fronts, he spun all over.
“I tried using to give him the place, but he was attempting to be a bit smarter than that.
“So, it is no concern for me.
“Of course, I spun him and he was major the race, so he deserves to acquire.
“I tried to give him a posture back again (but if) he will not want to acquire it, that is on him, but I am not likely to commence inventing regulations.
“The success I feel, as we sit listed here, is sort of what it warrants to be for modern race, so it all performs out.”
The Supercars year will resume at the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend in Adelaide on July 29 -31.