Van Gisbergen tightens Supercars advantage
There were no race wins but Holden's Shane Van Gisbergen was still the overall victor of this weekend's Supercars event at Tailem Bend.
The Red Bull Ampol Racing star finished seventh, third and second in the three races at the South Australian circuit but leaves with a 190-point championship lead.
That's 51 points better than when he arrived at The Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday.
It was a satisfying result for the New Zealander, who believed he'd maximised his return at a venue where traditionally his team has struggled to match the pace of their Ford Mustang rivals.
"It doesn't feel like a round win," Van Gisbergen said after finishing just behind Ford's Cam Waters in Sunday's second race.
"We've really struggled for pace all weekend but just consistent, stayed out of trouble and the last race was quite good."
Van Gisbergen's podium double on Sunday was a good way to celebrate his 32nd birthday and he's also confident a broken collarbone suffered in a mountain biking mishap earlier this year is increasingly becoming less of a factor for him.
While he's undecided about whether he'll undergo mid-season surgery to have a bunch of metal screws removed from the bone, he says he's essentially pain-free outside the car.
"I'm better, I'm just lacking fitness," he said.
"I haven't been able to train for eight weeks.
"It was good to have these three weeks off though, I skipped the GT tests down here and just tried to get better and, yeah, that's done wonders for me.
"I'm not 100 per cent but now I'm driving, and out of the car I don't notice it at all."
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