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Van Gisbergen's back-to-back Supercar wins

NZN 5/03/2017 Laine Clark

Can anyone stop Holden's Shane van Gisbergen?

Supercars rivals are asking the question after the defending series champion capitalised on Ford threat Scott McLaughlin's late gaffe to nab back-to-back wins in the series opener in Adelaide on Sunday.

The pole sitting Kiwi pounced with just three laps left when race leader McLaughlin locked up on turn nine in the second 250km first round event.

Van Gisbergen didn't look back, finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of McLaughlin with Ford's Chaz Mostert third in the second 78-lap event.

"It's a great way to start. We just need to keep the momentum going," van Gisbergen said.

"To run down a guy like that, I am pretty stoked."

Van Gisbergen sits on top of the drivers' standings with a perfect 300 points ahead of Ford's Fabian Coulthard and Holden's James Courtney (both 249).

DJR Team Penske's McLaughlin (192pts) is in seventh spot ahead of the next round in Tasmania from April 7-9.

The stage had been set for DJR Team Penske to finally break the vice-like grip on the championship by van Gisbergen's Red Bull Racing (RBR) team and notch their maiden race victory in 2017.

The flying Kiwi looked untouchable after claiming Saturday's opening 250km race almost 15 seconds ahead of McLaughlin's teammate Coulthard.

And he set a new qualifying record to grab pole for race two on Sunday.

Yet Coulthard and McLaughlin both jumped van Gisbergen at the start of the final 78-lap race as the Holden star complained of poor tyre grip on the team radio.

Normal service then appeared to resume when van Gisbergen reeled in his Ford threats by lap 14.

While McLaughlin's pit stop strategy gave him the lead midway through the race van Gisbergen was not to be denied, adding to his 2013 Adelaide title.

"I threw it away," a gutted McLaughlin said of his late mistake.

"I'm gutted. To lead the race and control it the whole way then lose it, well, I guess I am only human.

"But at the end of the day we showed a lot of promise and I am really confident heading into the season."

It was still a shot in the arm for McLaughlin who was relegated to 17th on Saturday after a safety car infringement.

McLaughlin also set a new race lap record in Adelaide on Sunday - one minute, 20.42 seconds.

The first female full-time Supercars driver Simona de Silvestro finished third-last after tangling with Holden's James Courtney midway through Sunday's race after at one stage moving to 17th.

Officials are investigating the incident.

The youngest ever Supercars driver Alex Rullo - just 16 - was last in the 26-strong field eith defending Adelaide champion Nick Percat failing to finish.

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