Motorsport: Shane van Gisbergen snaps winless Supercars run with dominant victory at Sydney SuperNight

Shane van Gisbergen has ended a 12-race wait for victory, taking the chequered flag at Supercars' Sydney SuperNight to close the gap at the top of the championship.

Seeking a third straight title, the 34-year-old is now just 54 points behind leader Brodie Kostecki of Erebus Racing.

After taking pole position in qualifying earlier on Sunday, van Gisbergen was relatively untroubled in his drive, coming for his fourth win of the season. 

The victory is van Gisbergen's first in Supercars since round seven in Perth - albeit coming after the Kiwi's stunning debut win in America's NASCAR championship.

And having ended his winless run in Australia, van Gisbergen was quick to thank his Red Bull Ampol teammates. 

"I have to thank the team so much," said van Gisbergen. "They haven't given up on me. 

"I've been struggling a bit but they've rebuilt this car [and] changed the chassis, they've done so much work.

"It's so cool to be back here [in victory lane]. Back on the right track.

"I've never driven so slowly to win a race. At the end [the gap] was three seconds and I thought I better get to five seconds in case they penalise us again."

To make things even sweeter for Kiwi motorsport fans, Andre Heimgartner finished second behind his compatriot, while Australian Anton de Pasquale completed the podium in third.

De Pasquale's finish was a blow for Red Bull's hopes, overtaking van Gisbergen's teammate Broc Feeney on the final lap. 

Supercars continues over the weekend of August 18 to 20, travelling to South Australia's The Bend Motorsport Park for the OTR SuperSprint.