V8 Supercars: Battle of Brands Begins

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V8s: van Gisbergen takes double victory at Melbourne

Australian V8 Supercars, Fiasco Sports

Shane van Gisbergen has kicked off a great start to the WSS Security V8 Supercar round at this year’s Australian Grand Prix. 

Van Gisbergen on fire at Australian Grand Prix. Source: News Limited

Shane van Gisbergen on fire at Australian Grand Prix. Source: News Limited

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen has shown-up the locals and taken a double victory during Races 1 and 2 at the Australian Grand Prix.

Even though van Gisbergen qualified second, he managed to drag Michael Caruso off the start line in a close rolling start, driving away from rivals Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin.

Race 1 opened up a battle between Whincup and McLaughlin for second, with Whincup suffering an after-race penalty, forcing McLaughlin wide and on to the grass while racing on the pit straight.

Whincup later suffered a five-place penalty, giving McLaughlin second and Caruso third for Race 1.

Race 2 saw van Gisbergen have another great start, beating McLaughlin off the start line, with the field going three wide into Turns 1 and 2 at the Albert Park circuit.

McLaughlin ran wide at Turn 11, opening up the door for Craig Lowndes and Fabian Coulthard, with the young Volvo driver slipping back to fifth.

The 12-lap race saw a small battle between Lowndes and van Gisbergen, but the Kiwi was proven too strong, taking two wins from two starts.

There will be another two 12-lap WSS Security V8 Supercar races over Saturday and Sunday of the Australian Grand Prix.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Twitter world reacts to new V8 restart rule

Australian V8 Supercars, Fiasco Sports

The world of Twitter has reacted to the new safety car restart ruling, which caused Jason Bright’s VF Commodore to roll at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide. 

Shane van Gisbergen and Rick Kelly were both penalised because of new restart ruling. Source: V8 Supercars Official

Shane van Gisbergen and Rick Kelly were both penalised because of new restart ruling. Source: V8 Supercars Official

New rules were introduced to the Australian V8 Supercars 2014 season and with it controversy between drivers, teams and supporters.

During Race 2 at Round 1 of the championship held at the demanding Clipsal 500 Adelaide circuit, a crash causing a safety car unleashed the new restart format, which saw Jason Bright roll through the Turn 1 centre chicane, and Shane van Gisbergen and Rick Kelly both penalised for jumping the start.

The new rule has caused controversy throughout the field, with drivers, teams and fans having their say on the social media network, Twitter.

Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom was not impressed with how the Race 2 ended…

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Even Formula 1 Champion Jenson Button had his say, with V8 drivers Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison joining into the conversation…

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Former team owner of Stone Brothers Racing Ross Stone expressed his opinion…

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The new rule states that drivers cannot exceed 60km/h in the first Acceleration Zone (AZ), therefore all drivers behind the leader have to maintain the speed of 60km/h, controlled by the leader, and cars cannot accelerate until they have passed the final AZ board.

V8 Supercars’ decision to introduce the AZ acceleration zones at restarts was recommended and approved by the V8 Supercar Commission for the 2014 season.

If you would like to have your say about the new safety car restarts and the introduction of the AZ acceleration zones, use the hashtag #V8SC.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Whincup takes pole in thrilling shootout

Australian V8 Supercars, Fiasco Sports

Redbull Racing’s Jamie Whincup has taken pole position for today’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Whincup/Dumbrell will start first for today's big race. Photo: Getty Images/The Daily Telegraph

Whincup/Dumbrell will start first for today’s big race. Photo: Getty Images/The Daily Telegraph

Holden’s Jamie Whincup has taken his maiden pole position at Mount Panorama in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, with a time of 2:07.88. 

Whincup started last in the shootout with his previous pole position in qualifying the day before, taking first by only 0.2 to Ford rival Mark Winterbottom.

The Redbull Racing Australia driver was the only driver in the session to get into the 2:07s, with Winterbottom only just shy with a time of 2:08.07.

A shootout held later in the day than normal, the sun came out and the track became quicker and quicker throughout the session, giving an advantage to those qualifying quicker the day before.

Jason Bright set the third quickest time, just edging out Shane van Gisbergen who set a strong lap holding over James Courtney. 

29 cars will start the race today, racing around Mount Panorama for 161 laps over 6 and a half hours.

Final Top 10 Shootout Results

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 02:07.88
2 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 02:08.08 00:00.19
3 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 02:08.28 00:00.39
4 TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 02:08.28 00:00.40
5 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 02:08.83 00:00.95
6 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 02:08.96 00:01.08
7 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 02:09.00 00:01.12
8 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 02:09.19 00:01.31
9 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 02:09.24 00:01.36
10 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 02:10.41 00:02.53

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