VAN GISBERGEN EDGES CLOSER TO FIRST SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen has moved closer to securing his maiden Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

Van Gisbergen extended his lead over teammate Jamie Whincup to 191 points with just one round remaining in Sydney next month.

The Red Bull teammates fought an enthralling battle in Auckland including a collision in today’s opening race when van Gisbergen was spun around by Whincup who was given a pit lane penalty.

Van Gisbergen fought back from the incident to finish in third place before finishing second to Whincup in today’s second and final race. His performance across the weekend earned him the Jason Richards Trophy, named in honour of the late New Zealand driver.

CLICK HERE: A Video News Release featuring race highlights, interviews with Van Gisbergen and Whincup, and podium celebrations is now available for download. 

Earlier today Michael Scott was lucky to walk away from a spectacular crash in Toyota 86 Series when his car rolled several times before vaulting a fence and coming to rest in pit lane.

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship now moves to Sydney Olympic Park for the final round for 2016, the Coates Hire Sydney 500 from 2-4 December.