Supercars 2022: All the latest news and results from Winton; Cameron Waters spurns Shane van Gisbergen

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It happened around the final corner, but Ford star Cameron Waters kept his cool to deny a fierce chase from reigning Supercars champion and series leader Shane van Gisbergen.

Ford star Cameron Waters picked up his first win of the year to bring his fight for the Supercars Championship to life after he held off series leader Shane van Gisbergen in a high country duel at Winton.

Forced to fend off a fierce chase from the defending champion as the pair battled for the lead, Waters kept his composure to claim his first victory since Townsville last July.

Waters survived a final onslaught from van Gisbergen as the Triple Eight star rushed into the final corner, but the Tickford Racing star held on to claim his first victory on the circuit.

The result made amends for the win. Waters was disallowed on the final lap in Perth after picking up a time penalty that dropped him to fourth after crossing the line first.

David Reynolds finished third on a good day for Grove Racing with teammate Lee Holdsworth finishing fifth.

Chaz Mostert finished fourth for Walkinshaw Andretti United, returning to form after a horror outing in Perth.

Waters took the jump on van Gisbergen and knew he had to keep something in reserve at the end of the 36-lap race to fend off van Gisbergen’s attack.

“It was a terrific race,” Waters said.

“I must have had something in the tank at the end, I knew it would have a crack.

“It was great to come out on top. I’m absolutely pumped. It’s been a rocky start to the year and that’s a huge relief.

“We can do better for tomorrow. It’s 95% there, it’s done a lot of things very well, big thanks to Tickford for working hard and giving me such a fast car.

Finishing second after starting the race on pole, van Gisbergen extended his championship lead to 196 points over Anton De Pasquale (eighth) while fourth-placed Waters narrowed his gap to the series leader slightly.

Van Gisbergen has won eight of the 13 series races so far this year and looked set for another after setting the pace in qualifying.

He revealed he broke a steering arm on his car in his final attempt to steal Waters’ lead.

“It was a great race and congratulations to Cam and his team, it was really fun to be back here,” said van Gisbergen.

“I didn’t quite catch him, he missed the high point of the penultimate corner so I had a crack and then we met at the last (corner).

“The car was really good so we will try again tomorrow.

“We’ll fix that (the steering arm) and try to get past it.”

Earlier, van Gisbergen claimed his first pole position at Winton with a qualifying lap record.

Claiming his third pole of the year, the New Zealand ace secured the first Triple Eight pole at the Victoria National Circuit since Jamie Whincup in 2013.

The reigning Supercars champion entered the top five in all-time career poles after placing his Commodore at the top of the grid.

He tied Holden great Mark Skaife for fifth with the 41st pole position of his career.

Starting fourth on the grid, it was a day of horror for Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown, whose hopes of battling for a podium evaporated after a disastrous pit stop when his car was lowered with the wrong rear wheel. bolted.

Forced to the back of the field, he took another hit when he received a pit lane penalty for dangerous spinning wheels and finished last.

Supercars will have two more sprint races at Winton on Sunday.

SvG joins the race with a qualifying lap record

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen took his first pole position at Winton after setting a record qualifying lap to prepare for another Supercars blitz

Claiming his third pole of the year, the New Zealand ace secured the first Triple Eight pole at the country’s Victorian track since Jamie Whincup in 2013.

Continuing his dominant form at the start of the season, the reigning Supercars champion entered the top five of all-time career poles after placing his Commodore at the top of the grid.

He tied Holden great Mark Skaife for fifth with the 41st pole position of his career.

Van Gisbergen will follow up his ninth victory in the first of three sprint races at Winton this round on Saturday afternoon.

He dominated qualifying ahead of Cameron Waters of Tickford Racing, Chaz Mostert of Walkinshaw Andretti United and Will Brown of Erebus Motorsport.

Van Gisbergen said he had more to extract from the race after making mistakes in qualifying.

“I kept making mistakes and then that one we had a problem and I couldn’t finish sixth on the front straight and I hung on the limiter and didn’t lose much but (it was) always boring,” van Gisbergen said.

“It’s very hard to drive here, there’s so much grip, the cars are really alive.

“Really cool, it’s also the fastest we’ve been here on this tyre, so enjoy it but see how we go in the race.”

Triple Eight’s last win at Winton was in 2017 when van Gisbergen won. Supercars hasn’t raced the track for the past two years.

Grove Racing’s David Reynolds was less pleased with his qualifying effort after placing his Mustang seventh on the grid after setting a fast pace early in the session.

Reynolds delivered a brutally honest assessment after his speed dropped during the qualifying session.

“It was just shit,” Reynolds said.

“It could be a f—up driver, who knows?”

Bandit du temps: Mostert’s incredible moment at the 12 Hours of Bathurst

Defending Bathurst 1000 champion Chaz Mostert qualified on pole position for the Bathurst 12 Hours by the smallest margin in the event’s history.

Mostert, who swapped his Commodore for an Audi for the race, took first place after qualifying.

He had raced back and forth for first place with Kelvin van der Linde, having to shave 0.09 seconds off his best time on the final lap to claim pole position.

Entering the final sector of the final lap of the shootout, he had yet to equal van der Linde’s time, but in true Mostert fashion he did what seemed impossible – finishing 0.08 seconds ahead of his southern rival -African – the smallest pole position margin in the history of endurance racing.

Mostert, delighted with the result, said he was just there to “give it a boost”.

“The other boys were pretty quick,” said the V8s Supercar driver.

“Van de Linde is a South African pain in my ass,” he joked.

“But we had a lot of fun and the race is going to be a lot of fun.”

This is the second time Mostert has had to lift the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy, winning it in a close battle in 2018, with BMW.

“Doing it again is pretty amazing. Allan Simonsen was a fantastic competitor here in Australia in GT racing so I’m really grateful to win this one again and to do it with the whole Audi team here is pretty cool,” said Mostert.

Fellow V8 Supercar drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Lee Holdsworth will start Sunday’s race fifth and sixth on the grid.

Sunday’s race will start in the dark at 5:15 a.m. AEST.

The 2022 race will air live and commercial-free on Fox Sports 506, Kayo Sports.

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