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Andrew van Leeuwen

Tasmania Supercars: Van Gisbergen completes sweep

The Kiwi was forced to come from the second row of the grid for Race 3, after having what looked to be a pole lap in qualifying earlier today ruined by a clash with Tim Slade.

That job was made slightly easier on just the second lap of the race when early leader Jack Le Brocq, driving a hastily-repaired Holden following a Race 2 shunt, locked up at the hairpin.

That elevated van Gisbergen to second behind new leader Will Davison, who immediately came under fire from the Red Bull Holden.

It took just a lap for van Gisbergen to find a way a through with a forceful move at Turn 6. 

Davison was then left to scrap with teammate Anton De Pasquale and Matt Stone Racing driver Todd Hazelwood, De Pasquale eventually emerging in second place.

In a bid to undercut weekend-long form man van Gisbergen, Dick Johnson Racing opted to pit De Pasquale on Lap 9.

But van Gisbergen had enough pace that he was able to keep going until Lap 23, take his mandatory service, and emerge with both the lead and better quality rubber.

From there it was a case of managing the gap back to the DJR pair as he took his third win from three races.

"It's pretty awesome," said van Gisbergen.  "I can't thank Ampol Red Bull Racing enough. The car has been good all weekend and Broc [Feeney] has been up there as well. 

"Each race we had to work for it, [there were] some more good passes then, I hope it was good to watch. I'm pumped."

Van Gisbergen also revealed that he tried to trick DJR into pitting its cars early by reporting a lack of rear grip over the radio. 

"I was screaming over the radio pretending I had no rear and made them pit early and then I just went," he laughed. "Sucked in."

Davison ended up second after running down De Pasquale on better rubber late in the race.

David Reynolds capped off a solid day with a fourth place to go with his Race 2 podium, while Hazelwood ended up the best of the MSR cars in fifth.

Cam Waters finished sixth ahead of Mark Winterbottom, Feeney, James Courtney and Nick Percat. 

It was another tough outing for former series leader Chaz Mostert, though, who could manage just 18th.

His poor weekend has left him fourth in the standings, the gap to now leader Shane van Gisbergen already 145 points.

Anton De Pasquale is closest to van Gisbergen with a 67-point deficit while Davison is 122 points in arrears. 

The season continues at the Australian Grand Prix on April 7-10.

Tasmania Supercars - Race 3 results:

Cla # Driver Car Gap
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB  
2 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1.188
3 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 2.783
4 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 3.197
5 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 5.994
6 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 7.542
7 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 9.679
8 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 10.365
9 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 11.652
10 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 15.417
11 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 16.181
12 55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 18.062
13 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 18.831
14 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 22.689
15 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 22.775
16 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 25.224
17 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 28.000
18 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 28.115
19 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 29.834
20 76 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 30.772
21 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 38.690
22 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 41.333
23 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 42.881
24 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 44.193
25 56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT  
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