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Andrew van Leeuwen

Supercars Albert Park: Van Gisbergen doubles up after reeling in Davison

Polesitter Anton De Pasquale made a perfect start to the race, bolting from pole and quickly establishing a one second gap over team-mate Will Davison.

However his early hard work was undone at the start of lap four when he locked a brake into Turn 1, ran wide, and dropped back to third behind Davison and David Reynolds and just ahead of a stalking van Gisbergen.

Davison surrendered the lead at the end of the same lap to take his mandatory service and switch to the hard compound Dunlops.

De Pasquale did likewise a lap later, followed by Reynolds a lap later again, shortly after he'd been passed for the race lead by van Gisbergen.

The Red Bull Holden driver completed the stops for the lead group on lap seven, resuming behind Davison and next to De Pasquale.

As he and De Pasquale squabbled over track position the Ford driver was shuffled wide at Turn 3, which helped Reynolds sneak back into what was effectively third place.

David Reynolds, Grove Racing, Ford Mustang GT, Chaz Mostert, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Holden Commodore ZB, Anton De Pasquale, Dick Johnson Racing, Ford Mustang GT and Will Davison, Dick Johnson Racing, Ford Mustang GT at the start (Photo by: Edge Photographics)

Van Gisbergen then turned his attention to Davison and quickly found his way onto the back bumper of the effective leader.

Then, on lap 11, he executed a brilliant move at Turn 5 to take over a lead he would hold until the end of the race.

"My car is a jet," said van Gisbergen. "I can't thank [the team] enough. It's so enjoyable this weekend, just pushing and pushing. There's some good racing, this track is awesome for racing and passing. Hopefully it was a good show."

After losing the lead, Davison spent most of the second stint under pressure from Reynolds. However the DJR driver was able to do enough to keep his Grove Racing rival at bay as the pair rounded out the podium.

De Pasquale came home a lonely fourth followed by Chaz Mostert and Broc Feeney.

Tim Slade was seventh ahead of Cam Waters, James Courtney and Garry Jacobson, who banked his second top 10 of the day.

There will be a final Supercars race tomorrow ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

Supercars Albert Park - Race 3 results

Cla Driver Car Laps Time
1 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 20 -
2 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 20 5.647
3 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 20 6.536
4 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 20 10.667
5 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 20 13.271
6 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 20 13.549
7 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 20 15.852
8 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 20 21.247
9 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 20 23.106
10 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 20 24.359
11 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 20 25.322
12 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 20 27.158
13 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 20 27.184
14 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 20 29.340
15 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 20 31.044
16 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 20 31.573
17 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 20 33.391
18 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 20 34.821
19 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 20 37.343
20 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 20 37.704
21 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 20 38.435
22 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 20 43.975
23 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 20 45.603
24 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 20 1'33.998
25 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 19 1 lap
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