Motorsport: Supercars ace Shane Van Gisbergen shows class with come-from-behind NZ Grand Prix victory

Supercars superstar Shane Van Gisbergen has produced one of the most dramatic victories ever seen in the NZ Grand Prix. 

'The Gis' was forced to start the race from pitlane, before passing the entire field to etch his name into Kiwi motorsport folklore.

Although the race's 66th running was an all-Kiwi affair, there were still big names and if Van Gisbergen was to add to the weekend's two earlier victories, he would have to do it from off the grid, after a fire extinguisher failure.

Teenage rookie Kaleb Ngatoa, 19, was an unexpected starter from pole, but he would hold the lead for just one corner.

At the other end of the field, Van Gisbergen pushed the limits, as he began moving through the field. Chris Van Der Drift tried to do the same, as he challenged Daniel Gaunt for the lead, but his efforts ended in disaster.

A safety car meant the field was packed, playing into Van Gisbergen's hands.

Suddenly, he was on the cusp of producing one of the greatest drives in the Grand Prix's history and with 10 laps to go, the seemingly impossible became reality.

Van Gisbergen then set about extending his lead, before entering the history books.

"I don't know how the front wing is still on," he wondered afterwards. "I had to rough up a few guys, but that was unreal."