Shane van Gisbergen states there is no negative blood amongst himself and Supercars championship rival Anton De Pasquale irrespective of a previous-corner collision in the NTI Townsville 500.
The New Zealander won again-to-again races at Reid Park right after a chaotic end saw the Supercars star hunted down in the remaining laps with drama ensuing as the chequered flag was waved.
Van Gisbergen led his championship rival in a blistering finish to Sunday’s race with De Pasquale throwing all the things at the New Zealander in the dying stages.
As van Gisbergen’s Crimson Bull rounded the ultimate corner, De Pasquale arrived roaring along the within and collected the middle of his rival’s auto.
De Pasquale attempted to redress the lead as van Gisbergen sat proper at the rear of him on the complete the line, going more than in 2nd area.
But race officers handed De Pasquale a five-second time penalty to give the race to to reigning champion van Gisbergen.
Including to the drama was van Gisbergen brushing off his rival when approached in pit lane soon after the race.
Just after some time to interesting off, van Gisbergen told reporters it was an exciting shift in dynamic likely from hunter to the hunted on Sunday.
“It is really not a thing I have felt for a whilst and not being powerful at the end of a race – that’s normally our energy,” van Gisbergen reported.
“It was rather obvious he mucked up – viewing the onboard he locked the remaining a person straight absent and missiled into me.
“But I dont truly feel bad due to the fact he had a go. I have acquired nothing wrong with that.”
With the gain, the 33-yr-old Kiwi registered a maximum 300 details from the two races that all but cements him driver as subsequent in line as king of the north.
He now only trails former teammate Jamie Whincup (12) with 10 wins at the circuit.
In contrast to Saturday’s race, van Gisbergen failed to want to channel his internal cowboy and lasso his competition one particular by a person prior to roaring household to victory.
Beginning fourth on the grid powering two Shell V-Power motorists and pole-sitter Cameron Waters, the New Zealander narrowly avoided some 1st lap carnage ahead of pitting just just before De Pasquale.
Shell V-Power reacted immediately by bringing in motor vehicle 11, but they rued the miscalculation of taking far too substantially fuel on as the pair went aspect by aspect down the straight and the Pink Bull driver crisscrossed into the lead.
He grew his advantage ample right before his second end and change to tremendous tender tyres, before the carnage of the remaining corner.
The acquire caps off a stellar weekend for the championship chief right after missing out in Darwin’s former leg.
Van Gisbergen has now gained 7 of the past 9 races at Townsville’s Reid Park circuit with Triple 8 Racing successful their 22nd given that 2009.
Cameron Waters rounded out the podium soon after an electrical battle with Chaz Mostert that matched the just one-two finishers for intensity.
But the drive of the day went to Will Davison right after struggling a flat tyre on lap 1 before battling back from previous to complete seventh.
SUPERCARS RACE 20 Consequence
1. Shane van Gisbergen (Crimson Bull Ampol Racing)
2. Anton De Pasquale (Shell V-Energy Racing) +4.498
3. Cameron Waters (Monster Strength Racing) +6.140
4. James Courtney (Snowy River Caravans) +12.741
5. Chaz Mostert (Mobil 1(tm) Optus Racing) +14.097
1. Shane van Gisbergen (Purple Bull Ampol Racing) 1881 pts
2. Anton De Pasquale (Shell V-Power Racing) 1607 pts
3. Cameron Waters (Monster Energy Racing) 1551 pts
4. Will Davison (Shell V-Ability Racing) 1521 pts
5. Chaz Mostert (Mobil 1(tm) Optus Racing) 1302 pts