Newly crowned Australian Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen finished the season in style by winning the final race of the Coates Hire Sydney 500.
A day after he clinched his first title, van Gisbergen took the final checkered flag at Sydney Olympic Park. In winning, the Kiwi denied Garth Tander a fairytale finish in his final race with the Holden Racing Team. Tander finished second ahead of David Reynolds, who claimed his first podium finish of the season.
It was van Gisbergen’s eighth win of the year as he became the first New Zealander to win the championship since Jim Richards in 1991. He celebrated in style after today’s race with several trademark burnouts.
His win extend his final margin to 200 points over teammate Jamie Whincup. Scott McLaughlin finished third to deny Triple Eight a clean sweep of the Championship with Craig Lowndes in fourth place.
Today’s race was the last ever at Sydney Olympic Park, with the season finale set to move to Newcastle in 2017.