Sydney SuperSprint, race 27, news, finish, Shane van Gisbergen, podium, Anton de Pasquale, results, video, highlights,

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen ran one of the most amazing races of the 2021 Supercars season, where he recovered from a three-place grid penalty in Sunday’s first sprint race to storm from eighth to third thanks to an overtaking in the last corner.

Just like on Saturday, Shell’s Anton de Pasquale converted pole position to victory despite the chaos behind him. But it was van Gisbergen’s brilliant display of overhauls that stole the show and sparked wild festivities in the Red Bull Ampol Racing Team’s garages.

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Van Gisbergen started in eighth place after a three-pointer grid penalty to prevent Jack le Broc, but he moved up the field after a bold decision to run a long first ride on his tires, seeing him pit late and run up the ladder in the dying laps.

Will Davison almost surpassed his Shell Ford teammate Anton de Pasquale outside the line, but could not take the lead. Meanwhile, Van Gisbergen won a place to seventh and came past Scott Pye.

Stuck in second place, Davison beat early from second place and stuck down to 16th place. But his undercut worked when de Pasquale struck four innings later on the 14th inning and came back behind his teammate after taking on four tires instead of two.

But de Pasquale comfortably took the lead with 13 laps left thanks to his fresher tires after the rest of the field had stopped.

Red Bull duo Jamie Whincup and van Gisbergen were in the lead before Whincup hit the pits with 16 laps left – exactly halfway through the race.

Scott Pye had taken Will Brown in the early rounds, but with 10 left, the roles were reversed – Brown overtook Pye before van Gisbergen also hit big and got past them both to a seventh place.

Ahead of them, Mostert rose two positions to fourth behind Whincup, with Mark Winterbottom in fifth place ahead of Nick Percat.

Van Gisbergen managed the home track right into sixth place and came past Percat with six laps of fresher tires. He immediately chased Winterbottom and cleared him again on the last corner and down the straight.

Whincup was in touch distance from Davison in the final laps as the good friends made contact repeatedly in an exciting battle for second place.

Whincup eventually came through before Mostert got capital and got past Davison thanks to push-and-shove between the duo, who moved into third place.

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Van Gisbergen also closed what had been a five-second gap to the cars in front.

With two laps left, van Gisbergen – after hitting nine laps later than Davison – pressed hard on exit from turn six. Davison kept the inside line and held on to a turn, but van Gisbergen managed to get past two corner kicks later and rise as number four.

And on the last corner of the race, van Gisbergen came past Mostert to achieve third place with 0.0072 seconds, which triggered wild festivities.

There was a crazy ending when Shane van Gisbergen claimed a wild comeback.
There was a crazy ending when Shane van Gisbergen claimed a wild comeback.Source: FOX SPORTS

Anton de Pasquale, meanwhile, had run out into the sunset in front as the battle exploded behind him. Whincup finished second by six seconds.

Speaking of the finale, Whincup said, “I just saw the action from these two clowns behind me running down the line, it was fun.”

Van Gisbergen said: “The finish was fantastic … Everyone drove well through. The last corner with Chaz, I just saw him slip and keep wiggling. I sat with my head down on the steering wheel, like a go-kart trying to drive faster! Really cool. “

He added: “I felt pretty bad for everyone for my mistake in qualifying. I had to make a few places at the time and it was fun!”

TITLE POSITION: The hunt for the top 5

1. Shane van Gisbergen: 2506 points

02 Jamie Whincup: 2157 pt

03 Will Davison: 2029 pt

04 Chaz Mostert: 1943 pt

05 Cameron Waters: 1860 points

06 Anton de Pasquale: 1794 pkt

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