Motorsport: Shane van Gisbergen claims Supercars Eseries victory

Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen claimed back-to-back victories to win the second round of the Supercars Eseries on Wednesday night. 

Van Gisbergen placed third and fourth in the two races held at Silverstone, England, before consecutive victories at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, claiming the 'driver of the round award'.
Anton de-Pasque and Cam Waters won the two races in Silverstone, but the night belonged to Van Gisbergen. 

The highlight of the round was van Gisbergen's duel with Formula One star Max Verstappen, who also competed in a Red Bull Hoden. 

The pair exchanged plenty of banter, with the Dutchman claiming van Gisbergen was infamous for shunting on virtual tracks, dubbing him 'Pastor', a reference to former Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado, who had a record 26 penalties and 32 DNFs from 95 career starts from 2011-15.

"Battling with Max was great," van Gisbergen laughed. "He gave me a bit of crap for being Pastor Maldanado, but I was able to get one over him." 

Van Gisbergen had the last laugh with a dominant display, although Verstappen held his own in his debut as a wildcard entry.

Scott McLaughlin has also been competing in the virtual IndyCar series.
Scott McLaughlin has also been competing in the virtual IndyCar series. Photo credit: Getty

The 22-year-old finished second in three of the four races, his only blemish was an 18th placing in the second race at Silverstone. 

He didn't rule out returning to the Eseries, which heads to Bathurst's legendary Mount Panorama circuit next week.

"Let's see what is possible in the coming weeks, but tonight was a lot of fun," said Verstappen.

Defending Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin had a tough night, with just one podium finish (third) in the final race of the round. 

Last week, McLaughlin won the opening round of the Supercars Eseries with two wins in three races.