Motorsport: Kiwi champion Shane van Gisbergen bounces back from disqualification for Supercars victory at Newcastle

Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen has put a frustrating 24 hours behind him to claim victory in the second Supercars championship race of the season at Newcastle.

The three-time champion was stripped of his win in Saturday's opening race, after rivals protested the use of dry ice in the Red Bull cars' cooling systems.

Instead, honours were bestowed on Cam Waters, who had crossed the finishline in third, behind van Gisbergen's teammate, Broc Feeney.

Still seething from his relegation - and with counterprotest already lodged - the Kiwi simply took his anger out on his opponents around the streets of the New South Wales seaside town.

Shane van Gisbergen exits his car at Newcastle
Shane van Gisbergen exits his car at Newcastle. Photo credit: Photosport

Starting fifth on the grid, van Gisbergen had to battle his way to the front of the field on the 31st lap of 95, but slipping back again during pitstops.

The key moment came on lap 85, when he and pacesetter Chaz Mostert made contact on turn nine, allowing the titleholder to retake the lead for good. When the race was shortened by five laps, after an early incident required repairs to the track, Mostert ran out of chances to answer.

The result was van Gisbergen's 76th race victory, although that number may grow, pending the outcome of his appeal against disqualification.   

"Yesterday was tough and obviously we'll fight it, but the team knuckled down and did a good job," he said. "The rest of it... I did all my talking on the track."

With two podium finishes over the weekend, Mostert is the early leader in the championship, but isn't too impressed with the way he lost the second race.

"The contact was a little bit cheeky," he said. "I don't mind 'rubbing's racing', but when you get a clear pass from it, it's a bit cheeky."

Van Gisbergen will now await the result of his protest, as the drivers prepare for their next outing at Melbourne's Albert Park on March 30-April 2.