Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Top Kiwi Celebrates with Victory Burnout

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Top Kiwi Celebrates with Victory Burnout

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MOTORSPORT: Shane van Gisbergen celebrated securing the Supercars drivers' championship in style by winning the final race of the season on the streets of Sydney.

Having sewn up a maiden title on Saturday - and the first by a Kiwi since Jim Richards in 1991 - the Red Bull driver was free of dealing with the pressure of protecting a championship lead and dominated the final ever race on the streets of Sydney.

He celebrated with a spectacular burnout after first grabbing the chequered flag and cruising down the main straight with his team clapping him on.

Garth Tander signed off from his time with Holden Racing Team by finishing second as the team finished its last race with Holden factory backing.

Championship runner-up Jamie Whincup battled David Reynolds for the final podium spot in the closing stages but Erebus driver Reynolds managed to hang on for confidence-boosting win after a difficult season.

New Zealander Scott McLaughlin finished fifth and secured third place in the championship as a result. …

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