Motorsport: Record breaking Kiwi Shane Van Gisbergen overcomes qualifying jitters, injury to claim Sandown victory

  • 21/03/2021

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen has broken one of the oldest records in the Supercar Championship history with a remarkable win after starting from 17th on the grid in the opening race of the Sandown SuperSprint.

The victory was made even more special given the Kiwi broke his collarbone just two weeks ago and had nine screws inserted into his shoulder.

The Auckland native broke Norm Beechey's record of winning from a start of 14th place on the grid in 1956, which was the best ever start-to-finish result.

The result means van Gisbergen has now won all three races of the 2021  season, to extend his winning streak to four after claiming last year's Bathurst 1000 as well.

The victory was claimed in front of the first audience of Victorian fans since the COVID-19 shutdown, was the greatest ever start-to-finish result at the historic Melbourne circuit. 

The race itself was a see-saw affair with Mostert and Waters leading for the majority of the race until the fast-finishing van Gisbergen, who pitted later than anyone else in the race to try and finish with fast tyres. 

He flew past everyone over the dying laps to claim the lead on the final lap and drive to victory from there.

The 31-year-old will get the opportunity to extend his winning streak with two further races on Sunday.