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Andrew van Leeuwen

Winton Supercars: Waters pips van Gisbergen in finale

Waters was the big winner at the start, bolting into the lead through Turns 1 and 2 as he left van Gisbergen scrapping over second with Andre Heimgartner.

It was a scrap that Heimgartner was up for, too, demoting his fellow Kiwi to third on the exit of Turn 2 before covering smartly into Turn 3 to seal second place.

Heimgartner was initially able to match Waters for pace, the pair separated by around eight tenths for the first five laps.

However around that point Waters was able to break clear, his lead growing as Heimgartner dropped back to van Gisbergen.

On Lap 14 the two New Zealanders traded places, van Gisbergen sliding under Heimgartner on the exit of the sweeper to reclaim second place.

At that point the lead was just under three seconds, but van Gisbergen quickly made inroads on Waters.

The lead was down to around 1.5s on Lap 18 when Waters elected to take his mandatory stop.

For the first time this weekend van Gisbergen went for an overcut, staying out for an extra four laps before hitting the lane.

But his stop itself was costly, a decision to take on three tyres allowing Heimgartner, who stopped on the same lap, to get out ahead.

It didn't take long for van Gisbergen to clear Heimgartner, but it did mean he was well over five seconds adrift of Waters as the stops shook out.

The additional grip from the three-tyre strategy meant van Gisbergen could consistently reel Waters in during the second stint.

But he couldn't quite run the Monster Mustang down, Waters holding on to win by just four-tenths in a finish that was similar to yesterday's opener.

"I'm so pumped to get it done again," said Waters. "Two wins this weekend, absolutely amazing.

"I know Shane took three tyres, I knew he was going to come back at me. He was fast in that first stint. I just tried to press on, maintain as much of a gap as I could, and I held on."

Heimgartner came home a somewhat lonely third while David Reynolds was similarly lonely in fourth place.

Erebus pair Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown were next on the road, however Kostecki was dumped down to 13th, and Brown promoted to fifth, in the final results due to a time penalty for speeding in pitlane.

That elevated Lee Holdsworth to sixth ahead of Broc Feeney, Anton De Pasquale, Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison.

Van Gisbergen now leads De Pasquale in the standings by 281 points, while Waters is now third, another 52 points back.

The season continues next month with the Darwin Triple Crown.

Winton SuperSprint Race 3 results

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT -    
2 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 0.442 0.442 0.442
3 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 10.732 10.733 10.290
4 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 15.256 15.256 4.524
5 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 25.565 25.565 10.309
6 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 27.756 27.757 2.191
7 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 28.705 28.706 0.949
8 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 29.024 29.024 0.318
9 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 34.190 34.190 5.166
10 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 35.437 35.437 1.247
11 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 36.616 36.616 1.179
12 55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 39.024 39.025 2.409
13 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 39.276 39.276 0.251
14 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 41.858 41.858 2.582
15 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 43.610 43.610 1.752
16 76 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 45.407 45.407 1.797
17 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 45.642 45.642 0.235
18 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 50.638 50.638 4.996
19 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 53.833 53.833 3.195
20 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 58.791 58.791 4.958
21 27 Jayden Ojeda Holden Commodore ZB 59.177 59.177 0.386
22 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 59.506 59.506 0.329
23 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 59.524 59.525 0.019
24 49 Jordan Boys Holden Commodore ZB 1'02.336 1'02.337 2.812
25 56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 1'02.636 1'02.636 0.300
26 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1 lap    
27 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 5 laps    
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