Shane van Gisbergen has won the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship after Sunday’s race was unable to go green due to heavy rain.
Ahead of the race, van Gisbergen had already amassed a 350-point lead over Triple Eight Racing teammate Jamie Whincup with the only remaining outing for the year being the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 next month.
As Bathurst has a maximum of 300 points on offer for the winners, van Gisbergen only needed to have a lead greater than 350 points to have secured the title before Bathurst.
For Sunday’s race, the Kiwi had qualified on the front row alongside polesitter Nick Percat, five spots ahead of Whincup and was in the box seat to claim his second Supercars title had the race gone ahead.
However he ultimately didn’t need to do anything as the race was declared after five laps were run under the safety car, meaning no driver received any points and van Gisbergen kept his 350-point lead.
Earlier in the weekend, the 32-year-old had claimed an incredible victory in Saturday night’s 64-lap thriller.
Having started the race in fourth place, van Gisbergen ended up dropping down the order after he lost time during the safety car period pit stop due to Triple Eight Racing attempting the double stack.
Dropping to as low as 12th after the pit stop, van Gisbergen gradually clawed his way through the field before reaching the fifth placed Whincup on lap 49.
The duo then avoided the same issue as last Sunday and Whincup let his teammate go by without a fight – giving him around 15 laps to chase down race leader Cameron Waters who was more than 24 seconds ahead.
van Gisbergen continued to make his way up the order before eventually catching the second placed Will Brown and Waters with just four laps to go.
In what proved to be an epic lap, van Gisbergen overtook both drivers to claim the lead before powering home to a one second victory.
“I thought it was done once we used the [Super] Softs," van Gisbergen said post-race.
"That was awesome, that second lease of life on them. Jamie let me through, which was nice of him.”
Like his teammate, Whincup also made up positions one-by-one before a double swoop on Brown and Waters one lap after to claim second place– the latter holding on for his first podium since his victory in Townsville.
The one-two for van Gisbergen and Whincup also was enough for Red Bull Ampol Race Team to clinch its 10th teams' championship at the expense of Shell V Power Racing.
Click here to view the championship standings with one race to go.
The Repco Supercars Championship now heads to the iconic Mount Panorama for the six-day Repco Bathurst 1000 extravaganza on 30 November – 6 December.
Click here to view the Stewards Summaries across Supercars, Super2 and Super3.