Motorsport: Shane van Gisbergen leads Kiwi Supercars domination at The Bend in South Australia

The Kiwis have conquered The Bend with the first-ever one-two-three-four in Supercars history in South Australia.

A day after Fabian Coulthard won the opening race of the weekend, countryman Shane van Gisbergen led home Andre Heimgartner, Scott McLaughlin and Coulthard in the first of two Sunday races. 

It's the first time in series history New Zealand drivers have locked out the first four finishing positions and a great result for McLaughlin following a forgettable Saturday.

Van Gisbergen took the race lead off the start, going around the outside of polesitter  McLaughlin at the first corner, who received a slight bump from fast-starting teammate Fabian Coulthard.

"What a turnaround from yesterday, we had no tyre life and kept blistering them,” Van Gisbergen said following his ninth place finish on Saturday.

“I looked after them at the start, taking it easy and then the car came alive. I came out [of the pitstop] in the battle, it was really cool."

McLaughlin admitted he’d taken a conservative approach on the opening lap, but he enjoyed the excitement of the race.

"Shane on the race line could brake heaps deeper, I probably gave it away a little bit there, but it was big-picture stuff today," he said.

"We obviously knew Jamie was back a fair bit so it was all about getting some points. It was a good battle with Chaz and Andre, it was awesome fun.

"I had no idea that Andre was there. I was focused on Chaz and then saw a white car down the inside of me and was like ‘far out’. It was a bloody good move; it’s why we go racing."

In the final race of the weekend, Team Penske-DJR teammates McLaughlin and Coulthard completed a one-two to end the weekend in style. 

After an action-packed opening two races, the third 24-lap contest was far more conventional, with the Kiwi the effective leader from start to finish.

McLaughlin's championship rival Whincup came home third - a solid bounce back from his 17th in the opening race of the day.

But the defending series champion has extended his lead in te standings to 215 points. 

Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin
Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin Photo credit: Getty

Coulthard won the round with a first, second and fourth comlpeting a solid weekend for the veteran.

"I’m proud of Fabs and car No.12," McLaughin said.

"They’ve been on the receiving end of a few bad runs. He hasn’t forgotten how to drive obviously -  he’s a great teammate.

"For us, the car is fantastic to drive and I’m really proud of everyone at Shell V-Power Racing to bounce back after yesterday.

"Track position helps, being in front. When you’re behind people they dictate what you do, so it was important to get the start and that’s what we did.”

Coulthard was delighted to be back in form after a testing 2020 campaign so far.

"It’s been a solid weekend for our side of the garage," he said.

"Any time you can get a one-two in this category the team is doing an awesome job."

The teams are back at The Bend next weekend.