Holden’s Shane Van Gisbergen is closing in on Supercars leader Jamie Whincup after victory in Saturday’s race at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The Red Bull Racing driver claimed a third win from the past six races to cut the margin to teammate Whincup in the championship battle to 98 points.
Whincup threatened to claim the 100th win of his illustrious career as he closed right onto Van Gisbergen’s rear bumper in the final 10 laps.
The six-time drivers’ champion couldn’t find a way past his in-form teammate, however, and had to settle for second.
Holden’s James Courtney, making a return to the track where he suffered serious injuries in a freak pitlane accident last year, finished third.
Ford’s Chaz Mostert, who earlier in the day claimed his fourth pole position of the season, came in fourth.
It was a day to forget for defending champion Mark Winterbottom, who didn’t feature at the front of the field all day and could only finish 11th.
Holden veteran Craig Lowndes was sixth and will be aiming for a higher finish on Sunday when he makes his 600th career race start.
The Sydney SuperSprint wraps up on Sunday with a 52-lap race from 2pm.