03 Mar 2018
A HUGE start to the Supercars with Race 1 had plenty of defining moments throughout Saturday. Here are our top three...
- Speed and strategy wins the race
When Scott McLaughlin and James Courtney dove into the pits around lap 10, Shane Van Gisbergen elected to run longer and bank strong lap times with clear air.
But it was obvious the pace lay with his rivals deeper in the field as 'The Giz' wore into his rubber.
Van Gisbergen emerged midpack when he took on a huge fuel load in his first stop, but began to make his way through the field.
It meant a shorter second stop for less fuel compared to Courtney and McLaughlin gave the Red Bull HRT driver the quicker exit, and the lead.
- One piece of debris throws the race into chaos
Over half the race had run before the first safety car was scrambled so stewards could clear a stray piece of track debris.
When the lights went out, the race went crazy.
Cam Waters was spun at Turn 9, Fabian Coulthard botched a pass on rookie Richie Stanaway, and then Stanaway was caught in a tangle with fellow newbies Todd Hazelwood and James Golding.
That brought on a second safety car, which gave way to a third after barely one lap on the next restart when Simona De Silvestro tapped Tim Blanchard into the Turn 8 wall.
There will be some repair work tonight...
- Bad boys and the yellow line
A stewards enquiry after the Shootout threatened to scrap Shane Van Gisbergen's bumper pole lap when he was seen to put all four wheels outside the yellow track limit line exiting Turn 7.
But when it was discovered that eight cars had made the same breach at various other points of the track on their laps, stewards instead opted to let all laps stand.
One thing's for sure, no one will be going outside that line in Sunday's shootout.